5 Amazing Facts About Hemp And Its Uses

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There’s no denying it: hemp is an incredible plant! Its versatility, sustainability, and potency are to thank for its long history and exciting future. Here are some of our favorite facts about hemp and its uses.

1. Hemp Oils Have Many Health Benefits

Hemp oils are one of the most popular hemp-derived products with numerous health benefits. Two types of oils can be extracted from this wonder-plant: CBD oil and hemp seed oil. 

Sometimes both may be referred to as hemp oil, which can cause some confusion, but they are two distinct oils with distinct uses. Hemp seed oil’s uses are completely different from those of CBD oil.

CBD Oil Uses And Benefits

CBD oil is extracted from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant which contains high concentrations of CBD – the main compound of many CBD edibles available in the market.

CBD oils are primarily used as a health product with potential benefits against sleeplessness, day-to-day aches and pains, and for general well-being.

Hemp Seed Oil Uses And Benefits

Hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. These seeds are a rich source of nutrients: Vitamin B and Vitamin D, minerals like phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and antioxidants like Vitamin E, omega-6, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Hemp seed oil boasts many proven health benefits for skin issues such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, etc. It can also help lower high blood pressure and promote health. Another fact about hemp seed oil is that it’s held to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and is often applied for pain relief.

2. Hemp Was Strong Enough For Vikings

Turn back the clock, and you’ll find hemp history facts that are truly amazing. As early as 1300 years ago, Viking civilizations used hemp. According to historians, they likely used it for two of the primary reasons it’s still used today:

  • Hemp Rope: Hemp fiber is very strong, mold-resistant, and can withstand damaging UV rays On average, hemp plants have 250 percent more fiber than cotton per plant. That density makes it highly durable, so it can be used for heavy-duty goods like shoes, canvas, bags, and rope. Hemp rope is made by twisting hemp fibers together until they are firmly bound at the desired thickness and strength.
  • Hemp Textiles: Along with the durability and sun resistance that make it a great choice for rope, hemp was historically used for textiles. In ancient civilizations, clothes, and bags needed to be especially long-lasting and protect the wearer from the elements, so hemp textiles were a good choice for tunics and outerwear. Hemp clothing is seeing a resurgence in popularity today, as more and more people are looking for alternatives to fast fashion. 

When it comes to hemp history, facts tell us that Vikings weren’t the only ancient peoples to use hemp. Mesopotamians relied on hemp for many of its practical uses as long ago as 8000 BC! 

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3. Hemp Is A Great Way To Go Green

You can’t get much greener than hemp, and we’re not (just) talking about the color! Hemp is one of the more sustainable plants farmers can grow, and buying hemp-derived products means you’re helping reduce waste. There are many impressive facts about hemp when it comes to its eco-friendliness:

  • Many hemp products are all natural/non-synthetic, and 100% plant-based.
  • Hemp doesn’t need much water to grow, conserving that valuable resource much more effectively than other crops. 
  • The hemp growth cycle continually replenishes nutrients in the soil itself, so healthy hemp plants continue to grow with relatively little maintenance compared to other types of farming. 
  • It’s biodegradable, so hemp plants never end up crowding a landfill.

Farming hemp is one of the least harmful ways to bring the power of plants to our communities. The full hemp growing cycle only lasts about 120 days, so hemp can be harvested multiple times a year, every year. 

4. Hemp Doesn’t Get You High

Although it’s similar enough in appearance to be frequently mistaken for marijuana, eating hemp in food or using CBD oil won’t get you high. Put simply, it doesn’t have enough THC to have any mind-altering, psychoactive effects (0.3%). Above that threshold, cannabis plants are regulated as marijuana, since higher THC levels make people feel “spacey”, alter their perception, and impair their judgment. The calm people feel when they use CBD is a different feeling, and is not considered a “mind high” or a “body high”. Hemp use is a safe way to experience the cannabis plant for anyone who prefers not to use THC. 

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5. Hemp Can Bring Calm And Relief

CBD is the endocannabinoid derived from hemp that has relaxation benefits for so many users. Some of the most common wellness-based uses for hemp include:

  • Stress Relief
  • Muscle and Joint Pain Relief
  • Improved Sleep
  • Reduced Feelings of Anxiety or Fear 

Emerging research has shown that hemp may play a key role in boosting the body’s immune response, and in helping us recover from strenuous physical activity. Hemp products have been shown to be safe and effective for children, older people, and even pets. 

Everyone’s body is different, but generally, people who use hemp-based CBD products regularly feel a sense of relief, calm, and clarity, rather than the fuzzy, disconnected feeling they’re likely to experience when they ingest high amounts of THC.

Your Trustworthy CBD Resource

At Sound CBD, we’ve seen firsthand hemp’s uses for improving our quality of life. Our family farm grows pure, potent CBD that we use in our oils and topical creams. Have questions about CBD or want the facts about hemp from a trustworthy source? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re eager to share our passion for this remarkable plant with you.

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