Hemp is one of the most versatile crops available. Outlawed for centuries because of its close relation to the ever-controversial marijuana, industrial hemp recently became legal when Congress passed the 2018 farm bill. The legislation allowed the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and its derivatives as long as they contained less than 0.3% THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes users feel “high.” Since then, hemp has grown in popularity due to the alleged medical abilities of a chemical compound called CBD.
But while plenty of people know about CBD and its potential health benefits, not many are aware of the fact that hemp is an excellent fabric. Long before cannabis was outlawed and the drug war wreaked havoc across America, people were using fabric spun from hemp to make clothes, flags and even sails. Now that industrial hemp is no longer outlawed, hemp fabrics are making a comeback. With a lot of clothes on the market made of fabrics that are uncomfortable and irritate the skin, this couldn’t have come at a better time.
Generally, hemp is a lightweight, breathable durable fabric. Thanks to its high durability and absorbency, hemp can also make good towels though it isn’t as soft as high thread count cotton. Regardless, most experts agree that it is still superior to plenty of the synthetic fabrics on the market. Ajoy K Sarkar, a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, says natural fabrics such as hemp, cotton, cashmere, silk, linen and those made from wood pulp are the most skin friendly. As long as a fiber has good conductivity and wicking properties, which hemp does, it will be ideal for people with skin conditions.
Synthetic fibers such as acrylics, polyester, nylon and rayon, can have a negative effect on people with skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. These fabrics tend to be hydrophobic and trap moisture that can irritate the skin, unlike hemp which has water-wicking properties. If you have a skin condition, you should keep an eye on the fabrics your clothes are made of to avoid exacerbating the condition. As Sakar says, natural fibers would be the better option.
You may want to avoid natural fibers such as wool during the winter because these fibers can also result in skin reactions and make atopic dermatitis worse, he says. Fortunately, you can wear breathable fabrics such as cotton or hemp underneath wool and other synthetic fibers to keep warm and comfortable during the winter.
Fortunately for people with skin issues, many companies such as Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) now make hemp textiles so access to high-quality fabrics is no longer limited.
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