What is hemp? Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial use. Since hemp and marijuana both are derived from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, hemp is seen as a “bad boy” with a stigma attached to it because it is related to marijuana. But the truth is, they have genetic differences, appearances, and chemical composition.
I was once one of “those” people who viewed the word hemp with a negative connotation. I even caught myself picking up a tube of hemp lip balm at Walmart and looking around to see if anybody saw me reading the label.
Then I realized how ridiculous I was being. If it is illegal, it wouldn’t be in lip balm being sold at Walmart. I decided to educate myself to see exactly what all hemp is good for. I already knew it is in rope. It’s in soap and it’s even one of the fibers in our Toke Lyf line of t-shirts being launched January 1, 2021.
But what I DIDN’T know blew we away. The more I read, the more I researched. The more I researched, the more I learned. I did not realize that Hemp flowers, leaves, seed, seed oil and protein can be used as food or medicine. The CBD oil alone can be extracted from the plant and used for medicinal purposes to create relief for a wide variety of ailments.
It was mind boggling how many industries use hemp. As I mentioned earlier, it is in rope. But did you know it is also in textiles, paper, building materials, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bio plastics, insulation and even in biofuel? Hemp can also be used to make certain types of milk, oils and cheese substitutes.
I think the thing that intrigued me the most was the number of personal hygiene products that can be made with hemp. Hemp seed oil is wonderful in soaps, lotions, bath salts, and lip balm. It creates a product that is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. It is also very soothing on the skin and will help reduce redness and inflammation.
In conclusion, this gal is going to go back to Walmart and purchase that tube of hemp lip balm. I think it is time to see what all the excitement is about.