Hemp may not get you high, but it can do pretty much anything else you can imagine. This low-THC variant of the cannabis plant has a dizzying array of uses, including everything from food to medicine to rope to bricks and more—somebody even made a sports car out of hemp. Here are 12 products that can be made from hemp.
Beer and hemp are the perfect match. That’s because hops and cannabis are essentially botanical cousins.
There are now a handful of breweries around the country that use hemp to make cannabis-infused beer.
Of course, the brew won’t be psychoactive, but the hemp does give it an interesting, weed-y flavor.
It turns out that hemp can be used to make some highly effective sunscreen. The plant isn’t actually blocking UV rays, but it works as a great base for zinc oxide, which does block the sun.
On top of that, hemp is good for your skin, adding a little extra benefit to using hemp-based sunscreen.
Hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious, and they can be used to make hemp seed milk.
It’s a great option for those who don’t respond well to dairy, and for anybody looking go “green” with their diet.
All sorts of companies use hemp textiles to make shoes. They usually look similar to canvas kicks.
One of the more famous pairs of hemp shoes was Nike’s special 4/20 release back in 2016, which featured a hemp body and sleek accents.
This is one of the most classic uses of the hemp plant. In fact, humans have been using hemp fibers for more than 10,000 years, and rope was one of the first products humans made out of hemp.
Rope was one of the main things made out hemp during the 18th century, and it’s one of the primary reasons that people like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew acres of hemp.
Similar to rope, humans have been using the fibrous parts of the hemp plant to make a huge variety of textiles for thousands of years.
In particular, hemp can be used to make fabric, which can then be turned into any piece of clothing imaginable.
Hemp is an excellent base for soap-making.
That’s primarily because it has high levels of the fatty substances needed to make high-quality soap.
Industrial hemp can be processed into a product called hempcrete. This building material is strong, durable, and is an excellent insulator.
All of this adds up to an incredibly sustainable and effective way to construct homes and other buildings.
9. Hemp Sports Car
The Renew Sports Car has been making headlines over the past couple years because it features a body made out of hemp.
The company’s design uses hemp fibers that have been tightly interwoven and then covered over with a super-hard resin.
The car jumped into the spotlight last year when Jay Leno drove one on his show, “Jay Leno’s Garage.”