Hemp soap and other unusual cannabis products
It is quite remarkable just how many uses there are for hemp. Aside from its medicinal benefits, hemp is probably one of the most versatile plants on the planet. It can be used to make pretty much anything, from hemp ice-cream to hemp soap; from hemp houses to hemp bicycles and hemp cars. You can even get hemp underwear! And of course there are also health-products made from hemp.
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What is hemp?
Hemp is a member of the cannabis family. It is a distant cousin of marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, hemp is non-psychoactive. It produces insufficient levels of THC to affect humans. Hemp fibres have been used to make ropes and fabrics for hundreds of years.
With advances in modern technology, hemp is now becoming more versatile than ever before. Although cultivation of hemp is banned in the USA, products derived from hemp are perfectly legal and can be imported without the need for any special permits.
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Hemp soap is taking the world by storm and demand for the product is at an all-time high. While traditional soaps tend to contain harsh chemicals which are bad for the environment, hemp soaps are far more natural. Soaps made from hemp are rich in amino acids and contain vitamins A, C and E. They act both as a moisturizer as well as an antioxidant, providing the skin with greater elasticity and tone.
Hemp soap comes with a huge number of applications too. You can chose from hemp body butter, hemp shampoo, hemp sunscreen, hemp lip balm, hemp shaving cream, hemp hand lotion, hemp dish washing liquid, hemp baby wash, hemp bath oil, hemp skin conditioners and even industrial strength hemp carpet cleaners!
Earthquake resistant houses
Who would have thought you could build houses made from cannabis? Not just any old houses mind you, but houses that are environmentally friendly, are fire resistant and can withstand a serious shaking?
It’s true! Hempcrete is a bio-based building composite made from hemp. It is non-toxic and can save home-owners a fortune on electricity bills; this due to its phenomenal insulation properties. Hempcrete is perfect for people who suffer from allergies. It is impervious to mold and termites. Houses made from Hempcrete are fire resistant and ideal for areas prone to earthquakes.
An added advantage is that Hempcrete actually absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This means we could soon see it being used in the construction of highways and side-walks.
Cars, bikes and bio-fuels
If we plan on building roads and highways from hemp, why stop there? Why not go the whole hog and make our cars out of cannabis and design them so that they run on cannabis fuel? Well, the fact is, we already have.
The first man to pioneer such innovative technology was Henry Ford. He constructed a car made almost entirely out of hemp. The panels of Ford’s hemp vehicle proved to be stronger than their metal counterparts when it came to impact collision tests. Ford’s hemp car was also designed to run on a hemp-based fuel.
True, this was back in the 1940’s and technology has come a long way since then. What about today? Canadian car manufacturer Motive Industries unveiled their prototype made from a hemp-based bio-composite material back in 2010. The Kestrel EV is roughly the same size as s a Ford Fusion. It weighs 1 500 pounds less, giving the car an added 30% fuel efficiency.
If hemp cars are not green enough for you, or if you prefer to rely on pedal power, then consider a bicycle made using hemp. Several companies offer a range of bicycles with frames made from bamboo and hemp fibres. These bikes come in both men’s and ladies options and include trick bikes, mountain bikes and racers. If you ever need an ace up your sleeve, you can even get bicycle playing cards made from hemp.
Admit it. When you read “hemp underwear” your first thoughts were itchy, scratchy and uncomfortable. Perhaps you envisioned some hideous ill-fitting garment worn by a decrepit old man. Either way, you would be wrong.
Hemp undies are anything but scratchy. They are super soft, comfortable and even sexy. Hemp underwear caters for both sexes; lingerie for ladies and hemp boxers for men. Big name brands, such as Calvin Klein, H&M and Patagonia are all turning to environmentally friendly hemp fibres as they churn out the latest in fashionable underwear. Leading stores, including London’s upmarket Harrods all offer a wide selection of hemp clothing and undergarments.
What better way to spend a romantic evening than in your hemp house, lounging around in your hemp underwear, smelling of hemp soap while giving your partner the ultimate massage with hemp body butter?
Make it a reality!
Author: Andrea Durrheim