From biofuel and literal plastic to building materials and food, hemp has a massively diverse number of applications. We wanted to bring hemp front and centre and let its other uses shine in the spotlight, so we compiled a list of its far more versatile functions. Keep in mind – this is the same plant that can arrive in an oil form in a portable, convenient bottle.
Hemp can be turned into a variety of different fabric materials. Since hemp may possess antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties, hemp can be transformed into a hypoallergenic (and even stylish!) fabric that works for many situations.
It can also remain soft and warm while maintaining a superior durability to more common textiles. We are happy to see hemp fabric brands start to step into the spotlight as hemp becomes more accepted. There is no telling what is to come of a future where we can utilize hemp for so many different purposes.
When using the proper combination of natural ingredients with hemp-derived extracts, the formula can double as an insect repellent alternative. There are now even hemp extract bug repellents specifically formulated to stop bugs in their tracks – with a special focus on mosquitoes, AKA the peskiest of all the insects.
Even hemp plants, in their raw form as they grow, often carry a reputation for being pest-free, though they’re actually just naturally pest-tolerant. Regardless, when paired with other natural ingredients that work well to fight off pests and insects, it makes for a potent repellent that gets the job done without harming crops or the environment.
Batteries – Wait, Batteries?
That’s right – hemp can even potentially function like a battery.
Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada are hypothesizing that hemp may be both more inexpensive and more efficient as a material for batteries. They discovered that the stalk from a hemp plant is wood-like and pulpy in the centre, which can be used to create supercapacitors by converting into the appropriate type of carbon nanomaterial for the job.
(Just to jog your memory, a supercapacitor can charge and discharge within just seconds. They cannot store a lot of energy just yet, but hemp may be able to increase its efficiency and capacity – and in the most eco-friendly way possible.)
Hemp’s Future is NOW
No single crop is the answer to the environmental and economic distress our world is constantly plagued with. Hemp, however, provides a shining glow of optimism that we can turn things around for mother earth.
The innovative uses we have seen show there is a promising, positive push, and we picture a future where hemp is used as the eco-friendly alternative for big-name companies across the planet. BMW has already started integrating hemp fibres into their cars – there is not telling what is possible when it comes to the potential with hemp.
The technologically innovative future we have all been waiting for is fast approaching, just in time for a world that is desperately trying to embrace more renewable resources that do not take 20 years to grow and more sustainable agricultural practices. Industrial hemp allows for a single field of crops to match up with miles of land from an inferior material.