Every year on February 4th, people across the US celebrate National Hemp Day to acknowledge the endless potential of the hemp plant. From clothing and textiles to food and beauty products, hemp has a wide range of uses and benefits for both individuals and the environment.
What is hemp?
Hemp is a type of cannabis plant that has less than 0.3% of the psychoactive compound THC, making it a non-intoxicating variety. It’s been used for thousands of years for its fibers, seeds, and oil, and was even grown by American farmers during World War II as part of the “Hemp for Victory” campaign.
Uses of hemp
In recent years, the legalization of hemp at the federal level by the US has led to a resurgence of interest in this versatile plant. Hemp can be used for many purposes, including:
- Textiles and clothing: Hemp fibers are strong and durable, making them ideal for clothing and textiles. They’re also hypoallergenic and breathable, making them a great alternative to synthetic materials.
- Building materials: Hemp can be used to create biodegradable and sustainable building materials, such as insulation and composite materials.
- Food: Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, protein, and other nutrients, making them a great addition to a healthy diet.
- Beauty products: Hemp seed oil is a popular ingredient in many beauty and skincare products due to its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Check out our range of hemp products in your local Down to Earth store, including:
- Lazarus Naturals CBD Tinctures
- Navitas Organics Hemp Organic Power Snacks
- Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts
- Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Protein Powder
- Botanical Rush Ultimate Quench Serum infused with hemp
*Product availability may vary by store.
In addition to its many uses, hemp is also a sustainable and environmentally friendly crop. It requires less water and pesticides than many other crops and can help to reduce soil erosion and improve soil health.
So, on this National Hemp Day, let’s celebrate this versatile and sustainable plant and all its potential benefits. Whether you’re using hemp products or simply spreading awareness about its potential, every little bit helps to support this important industry.