Hemp is the industrial variety of cannabis and is an super versatile product with literally thousands of uses — yet many people still confuse it for marijuana. Even though it contains only 0.3% of the chemical that gives a high, it is still illegal to grow it in most of the United States, making it hard to produce on a large scale and at a low cost. Here are 6 amazing uses for hemp:

 

1. Cars

 

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Via “This car is made out of Cannabis Hemp” NYpost.com 2016

 

Cars, or simply as an alternative to traditional plastic: hemp plastic is just as durable, but biodegradable too! The plastic you know is not only clogging up our planet, but it is made of crude oil. Imagine a world where plastics are made from hemp and decompose fast so they aren’t floating in every ocean & filling our landfills with unsustainable waste.

 

2. Toilet paper

 

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Hemp takes 100 days to mature, while trees take 100 years. So why not use hemp to make toilet paper? Plus, it is naturally light in color, meaning that there’s no need to use the thousands of gallons of bleach used with traditional toilet paper. Can’t find it in store? You can find it on Alibaba

 

3. Detergents

 

There are 18 ways you can use Dr. Broner’s Castile Soaps. From dish soap, to shampoo, toothpaste and even laundry detergent!

Ditch the chemical-filled detergents — which are toxic to marine life — and opt for all-natural Castile soap.

 

4. Skin care products

 

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Rich in essential fatty-acids, hemp oil has special moisturizing properties which are great for your skin! The Body Shop, for instance, makes a variety of beauty products from hemp seed oil. Their hemp seeds are grown in small-scale family farms in England. 

 

5. Clothes

 

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Hemp is highly sustainable, requires little water to grow, and no pesticides! Meanwhile, 16% of the world’s pesticides are used to make cotton. Consider getting clothing made of hemp, or hemp blends. You’ll find they are stronger, and more durable than cotton. 

 

6. Hempcrete

 

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A building material that can be used for walls, floors, insulation, and roofing, hempcrete lasts longer than other building materials and has a lower carbon footprint than concrete. It’s non-toxic, waterproof, fireproof, and when above ground, is resistant to mold.

 

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