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Hemp

Undemanding. Adaptable. Healthful.

Possibly one of the earliest plants to have ever been cultivated, the venerable hemp plant has served mankind for thousands of years.

Surprisingly strong and adaptable, coarse hemp fibres have always been an essential component of canvas, sailcloth, sacks, rope, and paper. Today hemp is used widely in commercial and industrial products, textiles, beauty products and is even consumed as a healthful food.

This undemanding and environmentally friendly plant not only provides us with a versatile raw material, but also benefits the planet in many ways. Hemp is very self-compatible, meaning it can be grown in the same fields for several years. The hemp plants help to suppress weeds, loosen the soil with their roots and feed the soil they grow in when they shed their leaves.

Industrial hemp farming is one of the fastest CO2-to-biomass conversion tools available, contributing to the success of the UNʼs new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is vital in the global battle to reduce pollution, conserve precious water resources and to improve soil quality.

With texture similar to linen, pure hemp fibre has incredible absorbency, anti- mildew and anti-microbial properties. It is used in an astounding number of consumer goods, due to its superior properties and ability to blend with other fabrics. This versatility allows for use in clothing, shoes, accessories, pet accessories, home wares, building materials, insulation and so much more, creating sustainable and durable products, without compromising on comfort or style.

Considered a highly beneficial food source, hemp contains the perfect balance of the heart-healthy unsaturated fats (Omega 3, 6 and 9), is high in fibre, antioxidants and provides essential vitamins and minerals. As it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the nine essential amino acids required to build and repair protein tissues in the body, hemp is a popular plant based protein source for vegans and those wanting a plant based protein source.

Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into hemp meal, sprouted or powdered. They can be made into a liquid and used for baking or for beverages such as hemp milk. Hemp oil is cold-pressed from the seed and is high in unsaturated fatty acids. The leaves of the hemp plant, while not as nutritional as the seeds, are edible and can be consumed raw as leafy vegetables in salads, and pressed to make juice.

Derived from a traditionally grown and unmodified variety of hemp plant, CBD (Cannabidiol) is believed to be incredibly nourishing for the mind, body & soul. CBD is incorporated into many skincare and wellness products as it exhibits many benefits such as natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. Some people believe that CBD offers a more natural alternative to over the counter or prescription drugs.

It is not surprising then, that far from being relegated to the history books, hemp is a plant that will help us build a better future.

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