Hemp, or industrial hemp as it is commonly known, has numerous uses in today’s world. The plant, which is a member of the cannabaceae family, contains cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is one of the two primary compounds found in the cannabis plant, the other being THC. Unlike THC, however, the compound doesn’t induce any highs when ingested.
Instead, CBD possesses properties that can be harnessed to treat inflammation, insomnia and anxiety. This compound usually works by activating some receptors in the human brain responsible for the regulation of the central nervous system. Research has also found that CBD may be useful in the treatment of addiction, acute pain and epilepsy.
As the use of hemp extends beyond the medical space, new ways to use it continue to crop up. Below, we look at some of these surprising uses of the plant.
Researchers in Australia have found that CBD can kill some microbes very efficiently. This means that this active compound can be used in the formulation of a new antibiotic. It is already being utilized in the management of pain as well as asthma.
Used to replace plastic in cars
Hemp fiber is lightweight, stable, biodegradable and elastic, which makes it a good substitute for plastic. Electric car batteries add a lot of weight to the vehicles, which decreases their efficiency. To improve these, electric car manufacturers are using the fiber more as a composite material in vehicle bodies and interiors.
A few years ago, Porsche even built body parts for race cars from hemp fiber. The oil harvested from hemp can also be used to manufacture diesel fuel.
Manufacture of beer
Researchers in Switzerland have developed a beer using hemp flowers, and it is indistinguishable from beer made from 100% hops. Hops are usually used to keep beer fresher for longer as well as help it retain its foam. Replacing more than one-half of the hops with hemp flowers makes this more sustainable, especially since hemp flowers are considered to be waste products in the production process.
It should be noted that there is no difference in taste when beer is manufactured from hemp.
Rich in protein
Hemp seeds are packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as high-quality amino acids and fiber. This makes them a good protein substitute for vegans as well as anyone looking to up their protein consumption. Scientists have also begun to develop tofu, pasta and other food substitutes from hemp.
As the cannabis industry matures in different jurisdictions, entities such as Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) are likely to come up with even more innovative ways to use this versatile plant.
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