Hemp Fiber Uses
As mentioned above, the most important among the many uses of hemp plant is fiber production. Archaeological evidences suggest that this fiber has been used by humans from the Stone Age itself. It is believed that hemp fiber has been used by ancient people for making various products. Today, it is one of those most valued plant products, that is used for various purposes. The following is a list of hemp uses.
- Hemp fiber has long been used to make ropes, which are known for both strength and durability.
- This fiber is also used to make fabric. Initially, Levi Strauss jeans were made of hemp canvas.
- Even paper can be made with this fiber. It is believed that paper made of hemp has been used by humans from very early stages, probably, before the invention of today's paper by the Chinese.
- Hemp fiber is also used as building materials. This fiber is used in making plywood, plaster, insulation, caulking, roofing, cement, reinforced caulking, etc. Concrete, which is strengthened with hemp fiber is known as hempcrete.
- Hemp fiber is also used in the production of composite panels for automobiles. Along with hemp fiber, flax, fiberglass, etc. are used for making this product.
- Hemp seeds are widely used for extraction of oil, which is used in cosmetics, oil-based paints, etc. This oil is also used for cooking, and it is said to be rich in essential amino acids.
- Hemp seed is also used as a fishing bait and are included in bird seed mix. Apart from that, milk and tofu are also produced from these seeds.
- Hemp seeds can also be used to produce biofuel. For this purpose, the oil in the seeds and stems are used along with the products formed through fermentation of the whole plant.
- The core of the stems are used as animal bedding or for horticultural mulching. These plants are also used for weed control and for purifying soil and water.