Each year, as scientists discover more applications for medical marijuana, savvy entrepreneurs invent new applications for marijuana’s equally useful cousin, hemp. With the recent congressional approval of hemp research, we thought it was high time we take a look at some of the coolest hemp products out there.
1. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are high in healthy Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Even better, hemp seeds contain 18 essential amino acids, plus iron, zinc, manganese and other important nutrients. In fact, hemp seeds are actually healthier than either flax or chia seeds.
2. Hemp Hair Care
Looking for a greener alternative to your hair products? Check out hemp shampoos. They smell great, feel great and provide your hair with essential proteins.
3. Hemp Clothing
Hemp is one of the most eco-friendly fabrics available to clothing manufacturers, and companies offering high quality hemp-based clothes abound. Plus, there are options to fit virtually any budget, so you can feel good about the price and the product you’re buying.
4. Hemp Paper
While the idea of using hemp for paper may seem like a novelty nowadays, hemp was perhaps the most important source of paper for literally hundreds of years. Believe it or not, hemp paper played a central role in early American history. The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written on hemp before being converted to parchment for the final drafts.
5. Hemp Oil
Like hemp seeds, hemp oil is essentially a healthier version of flax and similar oils. Companies like Nutiva sell delicious, organic hemp oil in a variety of sizes.
6. Hemp Rolling Papers
Raw sells some of the best organic rolling papers around. If you haven’t tried them yet, go out and buy them. Bud + organic hemp papers is just so natural.
7. Home Furnishings
Looking for some new home furnishings that look and feel good? How about a hemp bench? And what better to put in front of your new hemp bench than a hemp rug?
8. Dog Products
For the true hemp lover, human-oriented products just aren’t enough. Luckily, companies like earthdog offer everything from hemp dog toys to collars.
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