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Hemp Hearts vs Hurd – Different Parts Different Products

There are over 50,000 uses for the hemp plant. All the way from health and beauty products and food to building materials, textiles and fuel hemp can be utilized to make some amazing products. For many years in our history hemp was one of the most widely cultivated and utilized plants in the United States as well as in other places around the world. As hemp is starting to make a comeback we are starting to hear more talk about what this amazing plant has to offer.

While many people may be aware that hemp could be utilized to make a plethora of different items many may not be aware of what parts of the hemp plant are utilized for making different products. Let’s take a journey together and learn about some of the products that can be made from the different parts of the hemp plant.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds also known as hemp hearts are probably one of the most common parts of the hemp plant that people are familiar with. This is because in many places you can find hemp seeds in your local grocery store. This is because hemp seeds are thought to be one of a complete form of nutrition. Hemp seeds contain omegas as well as amino acids that are essential to the human body. Hemp seeds can be eating solely by themselves or incorporated into a number of different recipes and dishes. Hemp seeds can be turned into hemp flour for making many different desserts and cakes. They can be utilized to make hemp beers and wines. They can be utilized in making pasta and consumed as a meat protein alternative as well. Oil made from hemp seeds can also be utilized in the manufacturing of paints and engine oils. The oil can also be utilized in beauty products such as shampoos and lotions to name a few.

Hemp Stalks

The long thin stalks of the hemp plant are also utilized in the production and manufacturing of a wide variety of different products. The core of the hemp stalk commonly known as the hurd consists of a fiber that when mixed with hydraulic lime is able to be used as a building material. The hemp fibers from the hemp stalk are also utilized to make fabrics, rope, and upholsteries. The bast fibers within the hemp stalk are often utilized for paper production but could also be utilized in the production of bulletproof vests. Oftentimes hemp fibers and fabrics are mixed with others such as bamboo, cotton, and silk. These combinations allow for the end products to not only be more durable but also to last longer and they also have the added bonus of fire and mold resistance.

Hemp Flowers/Buds

That’s right! Hemp produces flowers just like it’s psychoactive cousin “marijuana”. These buds, however, won’t get you high if you roll them up and smoke them. In fact, all you will probably get is a headache. These buds, however, do contain a plethora of different cannabinoids which can be extracted such as CBD and CBG into oils for a variety of different medical ailments. The buds or flowers from the hemp plant can also be utilized to make different products such as lotions, makeup, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash to name a few. Even the roots of the hemp plant can be used in making certain hemp construction materials and hemp plastic.

As you can see there is a wide range of different products that can be made utilizing the different parts of the hemp plant. It is the very fact that hemp can be used for so many different things that many people feel it has remained illegal for as long as it has. When you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense. If everyone around the world was able to grow hemp and utilize it to make products there would be no world hunger nor deforestation. People would be able to feed themselves, cloth themselves and even make products that will allow them to build a home. This would take so much money from some of the largest industries in the world and well, as we all know, it is a sad fact that for many governments around the world it is profit before the people.

Article courtesy of Expert Contributor: AshleyP from CannaLance (CannaLance.com, @CannaLance, @MJWriter87)