5 Unexpected Ways to Use Hemp

The cannabis plant is unquestionably one of the most versatile materials that can be found on planet Earth. That’s because it has a lot of practical and economical uses – aside from what people typically associate with it. So let’s talk about the unexpected ways to use hemp. You might be surprised!

Building materials made from hemp? Sure, why not!

Even though living in a home made from hemp probably seems quite silly and ridiculous, the truth is that hemp is one of the most groundbreaking building materials today. In fact, its use will allow people who live in areas with limited resources to access things needed for construction, which is an important benefit. Plastic, wallboard, insulation, concrete, and many more building materials can be made from cannabis. Think about that! That’s almost an entire house! In addition to its versatility, the hemp fibre has excellent strength and flexibility, and is often used in earthquake prone areas. 

Hemp food products are on the rise…

Yes, everyone knows that there are edibles which are extremely popular nowadays – both the medical and recreational industries are pushing them further day by day. However, if you don’t want to get high but you still want to get the most out of hemp in terms of its nutritional value, you should definitely know that hemp is quite healthy. Hemp hearts, the tiny inside of the seeds or nuts (depending on the packaging) are a great source of protein and minerals when a part of a balanced diet, so be sure to incorporate it into your daily routine. Some of the best hemp food products are virgin hempseed oil and hempseed protein that comes in various flavors, so pick one according to your preferences and you won’t regret it!

… As well as hemp fuel

Similarly to plants such as corn, hemp can be used to develop biofuels to power cars, generators, and anything else you can possibly imagine. Even though some experts claim that current biofuel production often takes much more energy to create than you get in the end, the fact is that cannabis may be able to change that. Besides that, it won’t take much to get the cannabis biofuel industry started. Simply put, people who are already growing hemp may be able to produce enough fuel to power their whole farm with the oil from the seeds they produce. If that doesn’t sound amazing, we don’t know what does!

Hemp-based skin and hair care products

Hemp is one of the most popular ingredients in the beauty industry, too, which means that there are a lot of hemp-based skin and hair care products on the market nowadays. In fact, there’s a variety of cannabis-inspired products such as body cleansers, bath bombs, face creams, essential oils, scented candles, shampoos, and many more which have cannabis on their ingredient list, and you know what? Everyone’s going completely crazy about these, so make sure to try them out, too, and you’ll see whether they’re worth the hype or not!

Hemp plastic instead of traditional polypropylene plastic

As mentioned earlier, hemp can be used in the production of plastic, but did you know that hemp plastic is said to be five times stiffer and 2.5 times stronger than traditional polypropylene (PP) plastic? That’s right, and it gets even better when you realize that hemp plastic doesn’t pose the health and safety risks associated with other plastic materials. Since the hemp plant is so diverse, there is a wide range of different types of hemp plastic – from infused plastic to 100% biodegradable hemp plastic. All you need to do is to pick one that suits your taste better!


As you can see, there are a lot of unexpected ways to use hemp, and these five are definitely the most intriguing ones out there. So, if you’re a huge fan of hemp and you want to use it in as many ways as possible, just stick to our guidelines and you’ll make that happen!

Peter Minkoff

Peter is a lifestyle writer living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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