In search of a new backpack? Kahush, a newly launched hemp startup, is reimagining the look of hemp bags. Until now, hemp bags and accessories were known for their high…
In search of a new backpack? Kahush, a newly launched hemp startup, is reimagining the look of hemp bags. Until now, hemp bags and accessories were known for their high quality fabric, but not so much for their design. Kahush is looking to change all that. Recently launched on Kickstarter, this startup from St. Louis, Missouri is working to bring high performing hemp bags for the outdoor lovers. Their products range from outdoor backpacks, disc golf bags, to duffle bags (and more!).
We sat down with Jan-Michael, the founder of Kahush, to learn more about Kahush and its mission.
What’s the origin of the name? Your backpacks all have unique names as well (Asa, Hennep, Dr. Hanf, Hamp, and Dr. Hamppu) – how’d you come up with those?
The term, Kahush, stands for ‘grade A’, ‘premium’, ‘number 1’, ‘the best’, while also playing on the word “kush”. For our backpacks, we wanted to come up with a naming convention that represented the global usage and impacts of hemp.
That’s how we came up with our signature line – Asa. “Asa” is a Japanese term for hemp. The reason why Japan is significant for hemp is because they have a religious tradition that requires the Emperor to wear hemp garments. These hemp fabric traditionally came from a very small plot maintained for the imperial family only.
We took a similar approach for our other bags too – “Hamppu” is a Finnish term for hemp; “Hänf” is German; “Hamp” is Norwegian, and “Hennep” is Dutch.
What made you start this project? What made you design your products with hemp?
“This startup is all about making a significant impact on our environment and creating a sustainable product.
When we started product development in 2014, we wanted to create an outdoor bag and pack company that doesn’t rely on synthetic chemicals for production. This startup is all about making a significant impact on our environment and creating a sustainable product. As we learned more about hemp and how it could potentially have over 50,000 uses and benefits, we got more passionate about this material. We also came across several other hemp startups working in various product niches that all shared the same sustainability goal. We thought this would ultimately be an exciting community to be a part of!
Some reasons we decided to use hemp were:
Hemp can substitute for anything made from trees, cotton, plastic, and petroleum. (As a matter of fact, The U.S. Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper.)
Hemp does not deplete the soil like other industrial crops do. It can clean soil of toxins and impurities such as phosphorus and radiation.
Hemp can produce 2-3x more fiber than cotton using the same amount of land and it matures in only 4 months.
Hemp requires no pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides and adds nitrates back into the soil, healing our planet.
I noticed you guys are from St. Louis, Missouri – How would this business be of benefit to your local community?
Hemp is still considered one of the planet’s most important natural resources. Hemp products are in a high-growing industrial revolution. Unbeknownst to most Missouri residents, Missouri was previously one of the largest growers of industrial hemp in the world. Because of recent revised Missouri statutes, hemp production and cultivation facilities now exist in Missouri but in limited numbers and production capabilities. With Missouri being the former hemp capital of the world and St. Louis having the fastest growing startup scene in the U.S. we couldn’t think of a better home for Kahush.
I know there’s a pretty strong disc golf community around the US – what makes the Hennep better than backpacks already out there?
“We saw an opportunity to marry an environmentally friendly textile with an environmentally friendly sport.”
While we are focused on your everyday carry essentials, we saw the opportunity to create an environmentally friendly product for what is the fastest growing sport in the US. The sport of Disc Golf is growing by leaps and bounds both domestically and internationally. With disc golf being a great deal more sustainable than regular golf, we saw an opportunity to marry an environmentally friendly textile with an environmentally friendly sport. Fact – it takes 2.5 billion gallons of water a year to maintain U.S regular golf courses.
This also gave us the ability to show off our product design skills and show how incredibly versatile hemp can be. Hemp is a very environmentally friendly crop. Hemp requires no pesticides and needs little water, yet it renews the soil with each growth cycle. In combination with disc golfs’ eco friendliness and a bag made out of hemp, we could see this being the most sustainable sport in the world.
Where do you currently source your hemp?
Hemp, in general, is mainly sourced from overseas today because it is typically unavailable here in the United States. Our hemp is sourced from China where it has been legal and masterfully crafted for centuries. They simply make the best hemp textiles on the planet. Hemp products are in a high-growing industrial revolution. As members of the sustainable business community, we aspire to be a part of the high-growing industrial revolution that changes antiquated laws, and re-legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States.
What advantages does a hemp backpack offer customers?
Stronger and more durable than cotton. Sustainable. Versatile. Ecofriendly. Antimicrobial.
The market opportunity for Kahush is to take the strongest and most useful natural fiber (hemp), and create highly functional bags to reflect our love and devotion to the outdoors.
Kahush gear features hemp for a variety of reasons. Stronger and more durable than cotton. Sustainable. Versatile. Ecofriendly. Antimicrobial. The vast majority of products in the outdoor industry come from petroleum based products nylon or polyester. Cotton is typically grown with herbicides/pesticides. It is a weak material unfit for most outdoor packs, and consumes a considerable amount of water to be grown. Animal based products such as leather are even worse, as it uses a considerable amount of resource to produce.
You’ve recently launched a kickstarter campaign. How will the crowdfunding help your initiative?
The roadblock we are currently facing is raising the necessary funds for production to bring these products to life. For Kahush, Kickstarter was the best way to capture the attention of early adopters for our brand. We’re hoping to use this opportunity to educate consumers on the benefits of hemp and start a new trend in the backpack industry.
Clean, healthy water is the essence of prosperity in every society. Yet, as we’ve seen from recent crises such as the one in Flint, Michigan, access to clean water continues…
Clean, healthy water is the essence of prosperity in every society.
Yet, as we’ve seen from recent crises such as the one in Flint, Michigan, access to clean water continues to be a challenge even in a developed country like the United States. But what if there was a low-cost, quick-fix solution for the nation’s aging water systems that filters and purifies water at the tap without the need for harmful chemicals or costly systems?
Using hemp as a water filter seems to be a viable answer.
Foundation for Industrial Hemp Production & Research (FIHPR), a non-profit organization, has developed a hemp microfiber water filter after 2+ years of research and development. The new filter addresses many noticeable and unnoticeable problems, such as actively reducing rust, chlorine and E.Coli. It contains all-natural filter media: scientifically proven anti-bacterial/-microbial hemp fiber as well as activated coconut shell carbon, achieving a more thorough purification than most standard pitcher and faucet filters.
Hemp Microfiber Water Filter
“We have one, and it works so well! Our water is terrible fairly certain our pipes are rusted and a landlord who has no concern,” remarked one anonymous tester. “Since we got a HMF filter there has been no brassy residue and I feel confident it has improved our water quality significantly!”
Why use hemp for filtration
Michael Crippen, the founder of FIHPR, started researching water purification with the use of hemp micro-fibers at the request of an ex-navy entrepreneur about 2 years ago. Originally starting on a project on hemp biodiesel, he discovered the antibacterial nature of hemp fibers that could be utilized in the consumer market.
Ever since this discovery, Michael has spent the past two years on research and prototyping. As a student at University of South Florida majoring in chemical engineering, Michael has dedicated most of his research and free time on developing the hemp filter.
Michael bemoans the use of toxic chemicals and non-organic materials, as these methods may persist into the consumer’s’ drinking water and cause illness. Instead, his organization seeks to make available a healthier alternative that helps to reduce harmful components of municipal filtration. None of the filters contain any harmful materials.
The advantages of a hemp water filter
According to FIHPR, there are numerous upsides to the use of the hemp microfiber water filter. This includes a near endless resistance to mildew and mold, along with all the capabilities of standard filters. The vision behind the filters is to assist households around America and the world with an easy-to-use, effective in all environments filtration solution.
Currently, the only purification method to achieve anti-bacterial/microbial results are solutions such as UV-radiation and chlorine. The former option in incredibly expensive and bulky, while the latter is incredibly toxic. Hemp as an alternative is truly an attractive option that makes purification affordable and non-toxic.
The hemp water filter is more than just a filter. It’s a softener and purifier that cleans drinking and cooking water for the whole family. The hemp microfibers captures and kills 95% of bacteria and microbes without leaving toxic residue. It also effectively reduces natural gas, dyes, and tannins.
How the hemp filter could be a real gamechanger
Water quality infographic by UN Water
According to the UN-Water, “783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. ” This figure, along with the National Resource Defense Council’s study on copper and lead violations, provide a good view of the global water situation.
With the adoption of hemp filters as a viable purification solution, we can hope to positively contribute to solving this crisis. As a non-profit, FIHPR’s goal is to provide filters at no-cost to in-need communities and to help modernize aging and developing infrastructure around the world.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan was a critical reminder of the importance of the quality of drinking water in society. With contamination and water scarcity becoming an increasingly bigger issue around the world, an eco-friendly and affordable solution such as hemp filter should be seriously considered.
How you can help
Unfortunately, most consumers end up purchasing filters based on what’s immediately available in supermarkets and don’t know if it’s actually improving their tap water.
Michael asks that any customers with questions or concerns contact their direct line +1(727)271-9916 for immediate assistance.Each filter costs $29.99 and the refills come in packs of 4 for $64.99. FIHPR intends to take the proceeds and start a non-profit that will help to provide adequate filtration to in-need houses at no cost, while expanding the type of filters and available services.
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“American farmers are promised a new cash crop… and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land” – Popular Mechanics in 1938 How much do…
“American farmers are promised a new cash crop… and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land”
– Popular Mechanics in 1938
How much do you know about hemp?
An article published in Popular Mechanics in 1938 claimed hemp as the New Billion-Dollar Crop. Claiming to have thousands of potential applications, there seemed to be no limit on how and where hemp could be used.
Yet, not even a year after this publication, the government passed restrictions on hemp that essentially killed the entire industry. For the next 80 years, hemp has largely been forgotten and misunderstood.
Sadly, today most of us don’t even know about hemp. We grew up never learning about it or even using it. The modern society never got the chance to experience the amazing quality and benefits that hemp brings. Many people mistakenly assume it’s the same thing as marijuana (close, yet distinct, cousin). Others aren’t even aware of its existence.
So what is hemp and what can it do? To show the true potential of hemp, we’ve created an extensive, all-encompassing list of hemp products that exists today. Although some of these applications may not yet be fully commercialized, most of these items can be purchased online through various boutique brands. Many hemp advocates are fighting to offer customers high quality, eco-friendly hemp products that are superior to its conventional counterparts.
Check out our full list below and see what hemp has to offer. One thing that’s clear is that as more people start using hemp, its misconstrued stigma will more quickly disappear in the modern world. We hope you’ll try some. You’ll be surprised how awesome they are.
Hemp seeds are probably the most popular application of hemp because it’s so nutritious. Popular among vegetarians and athletes, hemp seeds are often compared to flax and chia seeds as superfoods. Here’s just a short list of some of its amazing health benefits:
One of the most nutritious foods available in nature.
Easily digested by the body.
Can sustain our dietary needs, even without consuming any other healthy food.
Contains essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) – helps with immune system and cholesterol levels.
Helps heal those suffering from immune deficiency diseases.
While hemp offers different types of oil, hemp seed oilis the most common dietary application you will find. Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the plant itself. When the oil is unrefined, it is commonly considered “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil”. Here’s why:
It contains a perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids.
Great source for Vitamin A & E.
Includes number of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.
Has amazing skin care properties.
Promotes healthy hair and nails, while reducing inflammation.
Hemp protein is one of the most popular vegetarian protein powders among active athletes. Derived from hemp seeds, hemp protein promises an average of 15 grams of protein per serving – that is the highest vegan source of simple protein available!
Hemp protein is a great way to increase your daily protein intake, especially for those who are lactose intolerant or have difficulty digesting whey protein.
Blending your teas with hemp seeds allows you to enjoy your favorite teas while adding hemp seeds’ amazing nutrition to your drink. Brands like Hemp Kettle Tea offer a variety of choices for its customers, as they offer mixtures such as Jasmine, Cardamom, and Holy Basil teas.
5. Energy Bars
Do you need an energy bar that’ll keep you stomach satisfied until your next meal? Hemp energy bars are know to use the highest quality ingredients that allows you to snack healthy. Brands like Ever Bar only use organic ingredients like hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, cranberry, blueberries to keep you going for hours!
Hemp coffee beans are made from ground coffee beans + lightly roasted hemp seeds. The blend of toasted hemp seeds with roasted coffee beans offers a nutty tasting coffee while adding “a vibrational frequency not found in other worldwide coffees with considerably less caffeine and countless vitamins and minerals.”
Ever tried vegetarian burger patties and thought they were tasteless and bland?
Hemp seed based veggie burgers are now offering a better solution.
Good Seed Burger developed protein-packed veggie burgers based off hemp seeds as the main ingredient. It also contains superfoods like chia seeds, wild-crafted seaweeds and sprouted beans & grains. Enjoy the savory, nutty flavor, the warm earthy complexity and the hit of mild spice.
8. Healthy Flavored Water
Hemp’s version of Vitamin Water – Hemp2O. This herbal water is packed with vitamins B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and Omega 3. It contains all of the essential amino-acids which help support muscle growth and is low in saturated fats. Using only organic ingredients, Hemp2O has antioxidant properties, fatty acids, and is completely gluten-free!
Just like there’s peanut butter, almond butter – try hemp seed butter! Made from finely ground and pressed form of hemp seeds, hemp seed butter offers amazing nutritional benefits.
10. Hemp Milk
Similar to almond milk, hemp milk is made from grinding hemp seeds with water. Having a strong nutty taste, this milk won’t be everyone’s favorite. But it does offer a healthy alternative for those looking for alternative milks other than dairy.
11. Hemp Vodka
Colorado Gold Distillery developed a the first US vodka that is fermented and distilled with hemp. With a 40% alcohol content, critics claim it to be a smooth and mellow drink. One reviewer says “A smooth, character rich vodka with appealing fruitiness.”
12. Hemp Beer
A California brewery offers a brown ale brewed with toasted hemp seeds – the Humboldt Hemp Ale. Not sure if it’ll be good? In the Great International Beer & Cider Competition, the Hemp Ale won Silver in the American Brown Ale category in 2014.
If you’re interested in trying it out, check out where you can find it near you: Find Store/Brewery
13. Hemp Hot Dogs
In the Kentucky State Fair in 2016, Victory Hemp Foods partnered with local vendors and authorities to develop and sell Hemp Dawgs. David Neville, a cattle farmer who worked on this project, says that there’s three main hemp ingredients to the hot dog:
Hemp protein acts as an adhesive of making all the parts stay together.
Ground up hemp seeds add texture to the bite.
Hemp oil melds flavor and adds smoothness.
Overall, this version of a hot dog offers health benefits like Omega 3 and Omega 6 heart-healthy fats.
14. Hemp Flour
Hemp Seed Flour is gluten free, nutritious, and an excellent source of energy. The Seed Flour contains 33% protein and is second only to soy in protein content. An added benefit is that Hemp Seed Flour protein is more easily digested. Hemp flour is perfect for those who have nut, dairy, gluten or wheat allergies.
15. Hemp Granola
Is there a healthier treat than granola? You can easily make this at home or buy some online. It’s probably the healthiest granola you’ll ever try!
Clothing & Accessories
Why use hemp clothing? Hemp fabric has proved to be superior to its counterparts in almost every way. Hemp fiber is more…
Porous and breathable – Hemp fibers allow your skin to breathe.
Durable – Hemp fiber is the most durable fiber of any plant.
Eco-friendly & Sustainable – Cotton is a water-intensive crop and uses 25% of the world’s pesticides. Hemp requires 50% less water to grow than cotton and requires no use of pesticides.
Most hemp shirts available on the market are mixed with a little bit of organic cotton. It’s typically a 60% Hemp / 40% Cotton mix. They’re some of the most durable shirts you’ll ever try:
Imagine using hemp fiber for jeans. It’s durable, breathable, absorbent, and has amazing anti-microbial properties.
18. Hemp Shoes
Every year, on April 20th (4/20), leading national brands come out with limited hemp shoes. There’s actually various brands that now offer hemp shoes, ranging from boarder shoes to Converse.
Here’s an edition from Adidas:
19. Hemp Jacket / Coat
Hoodlamb offers a wide array of jackets and coats made from hemp. They’re obviously not made with 100% hemp fiber, but using hemp allows them to make a more durable product while also being more sustainable than other brands.
Have you ever had backpacks that just broke or tore after a couple years? Try hemp backpacks and they’ll last you 10+ years. Using one of the strongest fabrics, hemp backpacks offer you a durable, sustainable product you can carry around anywhere.
21. Yoga Pants
Mixing hemp fabric with some organic cotton offers elasticity. Hemp yoga pants can be used for your stretching, meditation, or even pajama wear!
This is probably one of the coolest applications developed with hemp hurds. Developed by designers in Scotlad, Hemp Eyewear uses 100% completely sustainable ingredients to make their products. Not only are the glasses fashionable, they ship their products in a case made from hemp as well.
Whether its a wide brim hat or your sports cap, they can all be made from hemp. Botique brands like Tinlid Hats offers hemp hats, along with a variety of other types made from sustainable ingredients.
24. Hemp Beanie
Need to keep your head warm over the winter months? Know that you can rely on hemp beanies!
The Hemp Denim wallet developed by Hemp Co-Op is one of the coolest looking hemp wallets on the market. Considering how strong hemp fiber is, we’re sure these will last you for a while.
Ever get sick of socks getting holes in them? Try your luck with hemp socks. Much more durable than cotton, we’re sure they’ll last you much longer.
There’s a big push to use totes and other reusable bags when you go grocery shopping. Why not use bags that are sustainable themselves? Hemp totes are made of 100% hemp, and hemp as a plant is one of the most sustainable plants in the world.
28. Sandals (Flip Flops)
With the top soles and straps made from hemp, these sandals are the most naturally durable flip flops you’ll find on the market.
Might not be the best option for professional attire, but hemp belts go great for casual wear. Pick one up for your jeans.
Hemp scarfs are lightweight, yet warm and cozy. They’re not as thick as wool scarfs, but a good option for those living in milder weather.
31. Ties / Bow Ties
Yup, you can even make ties with hemp. Seriously, it can do anything.
32. Handkerchief/Pocket Squares
Nobody really uses handkerchiefs anymore, but they sure look fashionable as pocket squares for your suit. Check out these 100% organic hemp pocket squares: Haute Hemp Co
Making hemp bracelets used to be super popular for kids. The ropes (for the bracelets) were essentially indestructible and you could do so many things with them. When you mention hemp to somebody who doesn’t know much about it, you’ll find many of them first think of hemp bracelets that they made when they were young.
In Japan, the incoming emperor wears a hemp robe during the Shinto coronation ceremony. Not to prove a political point, but to symbolize the plant’s values of abundance, comfort, and health.
If you’re into overalls, yes, you can find hemp made overalls.
Hemp oil based beauty products offer superior ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids compared to other oils (Omega 3 is great for smoothing and firming our skin.)
Hemp oil is packed with vitamins – Vitamin B, C, E to state just a few
Key amino acids in hemp oil prevent wrinkles and allow the skin to retain more moisture. They also help conditions like dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis by moistening your skin.
Here’s a full list of hemp body care products you can try:
36. Body Lotion
One of our favorite and most trusted brands. Free of any harmful chemicals, the Fay Farm’s healing body lotion feels gentle on the skin and soaks in quickly. It feels like mousse! Specifically, hemp lotions are great for conditions such as:
Eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and other auto-immune skin disorders.
Burns, bug bites, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and dry, damaged skin.
37. Balms / Lip Balms
Hemp balms offer an even stronger solution that lotions. Get Hemp Butter’s hemp balms easily penetrates the top layer of skin for the absorption of nutrients.
38. Shampoo & Conditioner
Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of your shampoo bottle? You probably couldn’t recognize more than half of the ingredients on that list! Hemp boutique brands, like The Wonder Seed, are using only natural formula to offer your hair only honest materials.
39. Body Wash
Hemp is used in soaps because of its unsurpassed essential fatty acid (EFA) content, which also makes the soaps smoother and less drying. Dr. Bronner’s is the leading soap brand that uses hemp. They’ve been around for over 100 years and are a popular choice as they use all organic and sustainable ingredients.
Guess what’s in their soap? Less than 10 ingredients. Awesome.
40. Facial Cream & Cleanser
If your skin is sensitive and prone to acne, hemp oil might be your savior. Some people just buy hemp seed oil and apply it on their face daily. But it might not be that pleasant applying nutty hemp seed oil directly on your skin. If that’s the case, check out some top hemp body care brands for your face:
Sunscreen that uses only natural ingredients. Check out Raw Elements – Non-GMO and uses hemp oil.
42. Hemp Serum
Hemp serums can be great to help with more serious conditions, such as psoriasis on the scalp, eczema on the face, or sebborheic dematitis on the face. The serum is specially effective as the oil quickly soaks into your skin and scalp, allowing you to experience complete absorption relieving itchy and flaky scalp. The nature of hemp oil also prevents the oil from getting your skin or hair greasy.
The first documented use of hemp as “medicine” appears about 2300 B.C.E. in China, when an emperor prescriped hemp for the treatment of constipation, gout, and menstrual problems. Since then, records of using hemp (and overall cannabis) as medicine has appeared across variety of different civilizations, including India, Egypt, Persia, Europe, and even during the early days of the United States.
Here’s just a few examples of different hemp products that you could use today:
43. Hemp Extract (CBD)
Hemp extracts are naturally found compounds in the leaves of hemp. CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the better known compounds, but there’s more than 80 different compounds that can be found in hemp.
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam from Israel is the leading scientist who pioneered the research behind these extracts. You can learn more about him through his documentary: The Scientist.
According to a patent held by the US Health and Human Services:
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.
With the passage of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in 2014, CBD is now legal to be sold in all 50 states in the US.
Even more rare than hemp extracts, hemp essential oil is made by steam distilling the upper leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. This captures the pure essence of the plant. Pale yellow to light green in color with a a highly concentrated therapeutic aroma. It takes over fifty pounds to make 1 ounce of hemp essential oil.
It is also one of the most expensive oils in the world – and contains no THC or CBD. Hemp essential oil is well known for its essential oil aroma and therapeutic abilities on the central nervous system. There are so many different ways to use hemp essential oil to help relieve anxiety and sleep issues. The oil may be used in diffusers – added to hot steamy bathwater, mixed with carrier oils for massages. Kushed, a boutique brand based out of California, uses hemp essential oil by blending it with other pure essential oils to create natural remedies for those caught up in the busy modern day lives.
45. Soothing Aromatherapy Candles
Kushed, a boutique brand based in California, has developed aromatherapy hemp candles made from hemp essential oil. They’re perfect to use in the evenings to relax your body.
46. Massage Oil
We’ve already discussed how great hemp oil is as a body wash or even as lotion. That’s because hemp oil has properties that help make your skin smoother and less dry. Now using that type of oil as a massage oil can definitely make your massages even better. Try it out.
47. Hemp Heat Muscle Rub
Early research and testimonials have shown that Cannabidiol (CBD) can help with joint pains and arthritis. So making a heat muscle rub that has CBD in it only makes sense! These heat muscle rubs just might be the joint pain reliever you were looking for.
48. Vape Juice
Fan of smoking? If you already own your own vape pen, go ahead and try out vaping hemp extracts. Some say vaping might be the most effective way to experience the benefits of CBD.
49. Dog Toys
If your dog chew up and destroy his toy in a matter of days, hemp toys might just be what you were looking for. Hemp ropes are one of the most durable material out there. We’d be surprised if your dog can breat it.
50. Dog Collar & Leash
Owning a puppy (especially a big puppy) can be a pain. She’ll chew on the leash and pull like crazy. It’s not uncommon for your leash to start getting torn. Hemp leashes and collars can solve that problem. Hemp ropes are so durable that the US government actively tried to buy as much as they can during World War II.
51. Animal Bedding
Using hemp hurds for animal bedding can have many benefits. Hemp is extremely absorbent as it can hold 4X its own weight, and lasts much longer than pine or straw bedding. Hemp bedding is very low dust, which is great for horses with respiratory issues. It also reduces odor better than straw or wood shavings. This is great for chicken owners, who often incur ammonia from the chicken scat.
Hemp bedding is very economical for the farmers, as it lasts longer and reduces the products loss to waste. This, in turn, saves the consumer money. Lastly, hemp bedding is completely biodegradable. It naturally decomposes into the earth.
52. CBD Oil For Dogs (Pet Tinctures)
Early research has shown that CBD could help with conditions such as anxiety, addiction, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, seizures, and more for humans. Due to the similar anatomy of mammals, we can infer CBD could also help our dogs. Early research and anecdotal testimonials show that CBD has helped pets in many different ways, including anxiety, appetite, arthritis, cancer, and variety of phobias.
In 1941, Henry Ford built a car out of hemp. It was not only built out of hemp plastic, but it also ran on hemp fuel. Hemp plastic was tested to be much stronger than steel. They tried denting the hemp car with a hammer, but the car didn’t even budge. Learn how we’re using hemp in cars today:
53. Sports Cars
An entrepreneur in Florida built a sports car out of hemp. Called the Renew Sports Cars, this hemp car comes out to be 4.7X greener than even an electric car. Similar to Henry Ford’s car, this car’s exterior is all made from hemp plastic and it runs on hemp biofuel.
The greatest thing about hemp biofuel is that it can be used in cars that currently used regular oil. Unlike electric cars, nobody needs to buy new cars. We can use our existing infrastructure!
According to Thomas B. Reed, a chemical engineer at Colorado School of Mines, an acre of hemp can produce power equivalent to a thousand gallons of gasoline. Imagine the sustainability benefits that would bring. No wonder oil companies hate hemp.
55. Thermoset Compression Molding
Thermoset compression molding is currently producing car panels and other parts for several global auto manufacturers. A Mercedes car panel is made using this technology. The process involves taking a sheet of the hemp fiber matting, injecting it with thermoset resin, placing into a mold, heating it to high temps for a set amount of time, then popping the panel out of the mold for cleanup and final drilling/cutting. Currently, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are few of the auto companies that are using this in their vehicles.
Hemp fiber is typically more porous and breathable than cotton. So hemp sheets might be the perfect material for summer sheets. They might not be as smooth as cotton, but they’ll surely last you longer than cotton sheets.
58. Hemp Towel
What’s so great about hemp fiber is that the fiber softens with age while being mildew resistant. This makes hemp an excellent source for materials such as a towel.
Why is hemp paper better than tree paper? Here’s just a few reasons
1 acre of Hemp can produce as much paper as 4-10 acres of trees over a 20 year cycle.
Hemp stalks grow in 4 months, whereas trees take 20-80 years.
Trees are made up of only 30% cellulose, requiring the use of toxic chemicals to remove the other 70%. Hemp, on the other hand, can have have up to 85% cellulose content.
Hemp paper is more durable than trees. Unlike regular paper, hemp paper does not yellow, crack, or deteriorate over time.
Wider use of hemp paper can help sustainability efforts to reduce deforestation.
60. Hemp Curtains
If you can make towels and sheets with hemp, why not curtains?
61. Laundry Detergent
Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castille Soap has been proven to be as effective in cleaning your clothes as other conventional brands. The added benefit of Dr. Bronner’s is that it is non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
62. Hemp Crafts
You can get hemp cords, spools, twines, and braided ropes. Your basics for craft day.
63. Hemp Chair
From our research, we don’t think there’s actually a brand that sells hemp chairs today, but a natural fiber hemp chair was developed for a design show in 2012. It can be done!
Mildew resistant, durable, and high quality material – hemp fiber is perfect for your next table cloth.
65. Hemp Blankets
Looking for a breathable summer blanket? Hemp fiber could be the perfect material you were looking for! Hemp blankets can help alleviate the intensity of night sweating (aka “hot flashes”) and also help with skin disorders like rashes/eczema.
Farming & Gardening
66. Hemp Growing Mats
Typical growing mats are made from plastics or treated materials. This can be a bit concerning when you consider the hungry, tender roots soak up whatever they are grown in.
Try hemp mats from Grass Roots Grow Mats that are petroleum, plastic, and chemical free! Grow your roots in a healthy environment for a healthier you.
67. Soil Cleanup
Conventional crops (soy, corn, wheat, etc) deplete the nutrition of our soil, causing it to dry out and erode. Hemp can be a natural solution for our farmers, as its deep roots help stabilize the soil structure. Since hemp plants grow 6-16 ft tall in 110 days, hemp also naturally shades out weeds. This eliminates the need of costly and toxic herbicides.
In any contaminated soil, hemp also actively absorbs heavy-metal contaminants from soil, gradually purifying the earth.
Industrial & Others
During World War II, the government needed more raw material to make strong, durable ropes. Their oversea supply had been cut off during their engagement with Japan. This is when the government created a campaign called “Hemp For Victory”, encouraging US farmers to start growing hemp to help with the war. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) even created a promotional video to highlight the benefits of hemp fiber! Check it out below:
Hemp plastic could do anything that conventional plastic can do. The biggest problem using hemp plastic commercially is that it’s cost prohibitive. Since farming is still largely regulated, hemp is still in short supply.
Yet, it’s important to know that hemp plastic is much more durable and sustainable. As we’ve discussed earlier, hemp plastic could be used to make cars (more durable than steel), sunglasses, pens, and more!
You could even use hemp filaments in a 3D printer to print out whatever you design.
70. Building Homes – Hempcrete
Building homes with hemp is one of the most promising applications of hemp. There’s several benefits that hempcrete offers. First, it acts an amazing thermodynamic insulator, so it helps to reduce the energy costs by 50–70% annually for families (especially those in extremely cold or hot climates).
Hempcrete is also great for those who are sensitive to allergies. Regular insulators and paint can be the prime source of allergies for many people, as these conventional materials can be toxic. Made with all natural material, can eliminate many different health problems.
Hempcrete also continuously absorbs CO2 as it ages, so it reduces your carbon footprint. As it absorbs CO2, the material actually becomes stronger. Essentially, a building made with hempcrete will become stronger over time.
When it comes to construction, hempcrete homes have zero construction waste. When you consider that 55% of the world’s energy consumption is construction-waste related, there are huge implications on reducing our carbon footprint.
Other applications of hemp for homes are soundproof hemp walls and bash-proof hemp roofing.
71. Oil Spill Cleanup
Hemp’s core has been found to be carrier of microorganisms for bioremediation. Bioremediation describes the microorganisms living in the hemp breaking down the oil by actually feeding off of it, metabolizing it, and releasing it back into the water or soil without the toxins.
Did you know the first American flag made by Betsy Ross was made from industrial hemp? Hemp fiber can make durable, rustic flags. Patagonia actually developed a short documentary featuring a military veteran working with hemp to make a US flag:
73. Hemp Batteries
Hemp fibers have been found to be more conductive than graphene, making it a superior source for supercapacitors and batteries. Dr. David Mitlin found that hemp “works just as well [as graphene]. And it costs a fraction of the price [at] $500 to $1,000 a tonne.” Read More
Hemp was once praised to have thousands of different potential applications. Considering that, we are still at the infancy of realizing what all hemp can do. With the passing of the Industrial Hemp Act in 2014, our farmers have started to grow hemp again in the US after 77 years of prohibition. As the supply and awareness of hemp continue to grow, innovation will only accelerate. With the world focused on sustainability and curbing our carbon footprint, hemp can be at the forefront of many eco-friendly practices.
We look forward to seeing the difference hemp can make in our world.
Why should you wear hemp clothing over cotton? US Hemp, a hemp shirt startup, is making a compelling case with their most recent Kickstarter campaign. Contrary to many other hemp…
Why should you wear hemp clothing over cotton? US Hemp, a hemp shirt startup, is making a compelling case with their most recent Kickstarter campaign. Contrary to many other hemp shirt companies that use a blend of hemp and cotton, US Hemp developed a 100% hemp shirt that offers higher performance and is more comfortable than a cotton shirt. Oh, and it’s also much better for our environment.
WHY HEMP? BENEFITS OF HEMP FABRIC
Hemp apparel has many benefits over cotton. Hemp as a fabric is not only higher quality and more durable than cotton, but also is much more beneficial for our environment. Here’s some facts about hemp:
Hemp roots repair damaged soil during its growth.
Cultivating and manufacturing hemp clothing requires half the water used on cotton clothing.
Hemp fields absorb 4x more CO2 than trees, and grows back 120x faster. For example, trees cut down for wood typically require up to 30 years to regrow. Hemp plants can be grown and cultivated in 3-4 months.
WHY DON’T MORE PEOPLE WEAR HEMP?
If hemp is so superior, why aren’t more people wearing hemp shirts? There’s some good reasons. Hemp farming has been prohibited in the US for almost 80 years. Since we’ve had to import hemp, the price tag on hemp products was not cheap. There was no way a hemp shirt that cost $30 could compete against a $5 H&M cotton shirt.
US HEMP IS BRINGING BACK AMERICAN MADE HEMP SHIRTS
Up until now, most, if not all, hemp shirts were made from imported hemp fabric. Most of the raw material came from countries such as China, India, or Nepal. However, US Hemp is looking to change that through their recently launched Kickstarter campaign.
Ministry of Hemp sat down with Brinkley Warren, US Hemp’s head of Business Development to better understand what they hope to accomplish through this crowdfunding campaign.
Tell us a bit about US Hemp?
Each shirt you buy actually removes 4 lbs of CO2 from the air we breath
Brinkley Warren: We are the world’s first luxury 100% hemp fashion label. With the slogan “Softer, stronger, and infinitely more ecological than cotton”, we are aiming to make the highest quality hemp shirts that are American made.
How’d you get started? What made you passionate about hemp?
BW: To us, this project is all about making a positive and significant impact in environmental sustainability. It’s about the freedom to wear the change you wish to see in the world. Hemp is one of nature’s best plants for human uses.
I got passionate about this project after I learned that cotton uses 60% of the total pesticides in the US. I came to realize that hemp is a better material to make clothing from than almost any other material and requires zero pesticides. Yet, most American consumers still wear cotton without even knowing the negative impact it has in our environment.
When we got started, I never honestly thought that we would be able to produce a 100% hemp fabric that is more comfortable than cotton. Hemp fabric, traditionally, is known to be more coarse (rough) than cotton. However, for the last 6 years my co-founder Darien had been experimenting and then finally one day he showed me a new fabric and I couldn’t believe it.
In the past, all 100% hemp fabrics are made to be uncomfortable and wrinkled — but with our new fabric, we change that entire paradigm. Unlike cotton which hurts the environment, our shirts actually revitalize the environment — each shirt you buy actually removes 4lbs of CO2 from the air we breath.
Why did you decide to launch a Kickstarter campaign?
BW: For us, Kickstarter was the best way to get our brand out there and connect with early customers. We’re hoping to use this opportunity to get the word out and start this hemp fashion movement.
What’s the long term goal/vision of US Hemp?
BW: Hemp is better than cotton in every way. Not only is it better environmentally, but it’s also better in terms of performance. Our product development has now made it more comfortable than cotton as well. Ultimately, we want to replace all American cotton products with hemp products.
Do you use domestically grown hemp?
BW: US Hemp is using domestically grown hemp from Kentucky, Colorado, and soon — California. Our whole vision is seed to shirt, and to support American jobs and American manufacturing in the process. Our products are proudly Made In America.
Every single US HEMP shirt removes 4lbs of harmful CO2 gas from the air we breath
Uses 50% less water than cotton
Uses 250% less land
Zero pesticides. Big cotton accounts for 60% of TOTAL PESTICIDE USE in the United States
What makes US Hemp special?
BW: We have developed the world’s first 100% hemp fabric that feels more comfortable than cotton. The rest of the hemp clothing that’s available on the market today falls into two categories:
Most shirts are a 50-50 blend between hemp and cotton
If it’s pure hemp (100%), it typically feels like you’re wearing a canvas bag. (It’s very rough on your skin)
We are the first ones who took on the challenge to make a 100% hemp fabric that is a viable replacement for cotton fabrics.
I believe our brand is also special because we are all-in for America. We believe that looking stylish, feeling great, performing great, and living an eco-conscious life don’t have to be choices. You shouldn’t have to make sacrifices for one or the other. Our brand delivers on all of these thing. We’re one of the most sustainable luxury fashion labels in the USA and we’re just starting.
How can our readers get involved?
BW: Buy a shirt from us. They will literally the best shirt you’ll ever own. We also would like to ask everyone to contribute and share our Kickstarter to help us get the word out! Thanks so much!
Brinkley, thanks so much for your time today. We wish you the best of luck on your Kickstarter campaign and I can’t wait to try out your hemp shirts! We encourage all our readers to check out their Kickstarter campaign and support their cause of rebuilding the US hemp industry.
Hemp protein powder is not only a protein powerhouse, but it’s also inherently loaded with more healthy omega fatty acids and fiber than many other common protein powders – Dr….
Hemp protein powder is not only a protein powerhouse, but it’s also inherently loaded with more healthy omega fatty acids and fiber than many other common protein powders – Dr. Axe
Athletes all over the world are using hemp protein to boost their muscle recovery and growth. As a 100% natural protein source, hemp is gaining more attention as the market is getting flooded with gimmicky supplements. To learn more about the lifestyle and health benefits that hemp protein offers, we met with Daniel Potter who is the co-founder of Lean Hemp.
Tell us a bit about Lean Hemp.
Daniel Potter: LeanHemp is a premium protein brand that offers three delicious hemp protein flavors. It is vegan, USDA organic, 100% plant-based and extremely nutritious.
Why hemp protein? What makes hemp protein better than other protein options?
DP: Hemp protein is the most complete protein on earth. It contains all your BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids), EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids), Omega-3’s, and Omega-6’s. It is also slow digesting, high in fiber and makes for an excellent meal replacement.
Some consider hemp to be a “superfood”. Additionally, LeanHemp protein does have several flavors that contain the superfood maca, a plant root from Peru.
Is hemp protein meant for everyone? A typical serving of hemp protein seems to offer less protein than other conventional protein supplements. Is this a disadvantage for hardcore athletes?
DP: Hemp protein can certainly be used by anyone and everyone. It makes for a great meal replacement, pre or post workout protein shake, and mixes well into smoothies, baked goods and many other foods.
Your body can only digest and absorb about 30 grams of protein in one sitting (if you work out), so anyone who is trying to “bulk-up” using whey or other protein supplements are only tricking themselves as their body isn’t absorbing this protein, but rather turning it into fat.
I had no idea, but that’s great to know. So I noticed on your social media pages that Lean Hemp sponsors quite a few athletes. How have athletes taken to adopting hemp into their diet?
DP: Our athletes inspire us, without them we wouldn’t be the brand that we are. We have athletes ranging from distance runners, crossfit athletes, personal trainers, yogi’s, triathletes, bodybuilders and everyone in between. Everyone that has been diligent with trying our product has noticed significant decrease in upset stomach and bloating. They tell us that they notice recovering much more quickly and enjoy how the protein is so filling.
How long have you been taking hemp protein?
DP: I’ve been taking hemp protein for about two years now. If I’m going to support and believe in a product it’s only fitting to use and live that product.
Personally, what differences have you noticed by using hemp protein?
DP: I have noticed that I am able to take hemp protein before a workout and feel no ill signs. Previously, whenever I used a whey or even other plant-based proteins prior to a workout, I would often feel sick or get very bloated during and after the workout.
Interested in trying one of the best hemp protein powders on the market? We recommend giving LEAN HEMP PROTEIN a shot. You won’t be disappointed.
How do you prepare your hemp protein shake? Do anything unique? Or does hemp protein taste great with just water?
DP: If I’m going to make a hemp protein shake, I add about 8 to 10 oz of almond milk and half a banana. We have proteins that are peanut butter or chocolate flavored, so they already have a great taste.
Typically though, for time sensitivity, I will just add about 10 oz of almond milk, 2 oz of water and 20 grams of LH protein.
Thanks for the tip! What are some other ways you eat healthy?
DP: I limit the amount of meat I eat and also what types of meats I eat, which are typically chicken or fish. The majority of my diet consists of whole fruits, vegetables and legumes, mainly sweet potato or chickpeas.
It’s so easy for people to get tempted to make unhealthy choices. What are some tips you have for people to avoid those temptations?
DP: I have family members who are overweight and I’ve seen how weight can lead to many other health problems, such as hypertension, thyroid issues, high (or low) blood sugar and many other things.
I’m able to avoid these temptations for two reasons:
I want to live a long time and it’s been proven that when you eat healthy (whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, and minimally processed foods) your chances of living longer and being healthier dramatically increase.
I do give myself a cheat meal once a week, where I will eat whatever I want. Primarily my cheat day consists of donuts, fast-food and maybe some dairy.
What also helps me avoid my temptations are my work outs. I get a rush of endorphins during and after my workout. I also enjoy the pain that it brings because it allows my mind to be free and gives me a sense of accomplishment upon finishing. For me working out is very meditative and what has helped the most.
What other daily habits do you have to optimize your lifestyle?
DP: I set aside at least 1.5 hours every day for exercise; 10 minutes of meditation at least once per day; chest breathing when I feel overwhelmed or before bed.
Thanks for sharing! Anything else you want to share with a person who might be interested in using or switching to hemp protein?
DP: Our mission and message is simple; we believe in clean, natural, sustainable, healthy products that will help this earth and the people on it. This is why we created LeanHemp — “A Better Protein”. Hemp protein guarantees high quality as it contains all BCAA’s (all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential), EFA’s (Omega’s 3 & 6), and is easily digestible. It’s also 100% plant-based, vegan, organic and contain no more than four ingredients!
We are currently working with running, yoga, fitness and endurance-athlete based communities around the country to bring awareness to hemp and its incredible properties! I believe that hemp (specifically industrial) should be playing a more important role in what foods, textiles (industrial and consumer), hygiene products, industrial products, building materials; etc we use. By using hemp-based products we are working to reduce the footprint that we leave on this earth.
We appreciate your time today, Daniel. How can our readers get in touch with you if they want to learn more about your or the brand?
DP: Feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions or feedback. We look forward to hearing from everyone!
**If you are interested in trying one of the best hemp proteins on the market, we recommend LEAN HEMP PROTEIN. Try yours today!
Here’s a first: A company selling US grown hemp protein and hemp oil We’re all familiar with some of the top hemp brands in the US, such as Nutiva, Navitas,…
Here’s a first:
A company selling US grown hemp protein and hemp oil
We’re all familiar with some of the top hemp brands in the US, such as Nutiva, Navitas, and even Manitoba Harvest. But did you know all those hemp seeds are still sourced from Canada?
Hemp cultivation has been restricted in the US for over 80 years, thanks to its controversial prohibition. That all changed in 2014, when several states passed legislations, allowing farmers to plant and cultivate hemp on US soil. Kentucky is one of the states that have led this movement.
Since then, hemp companies have started looking at domestic supply for their hemp products, but the transition has been slow due to supply constraints and uncertain regulations that still remain from government agencies, such as the DEA and FDA.
Yet, Victory Hemp Foods, a startup based out of Kentucky, is paving the way to develop hemp products made in the USA.
Chad Rosen, originally from California, decided to move his life to Kentucky in 2014 after the state passed its hemp legislation with the goal to change the domestic landscape of hemp.
Hi Chad, we’re really excited to hear the story behind Victory Hemp Foods (VHF). First, could you tell us a little bit about the startup and what it offers.
Chad Rosen: Victory Hemp Foods is building a domestic supply chain for hemp as well as a market for hemp foods. We are doing this by bringing to market our domestically grown Hemp Oil and Hemp Protein. Both of these products have been proudly grown and processed in Kentucky.
We are still working to transition all of our Hemp Hearts (Hemp Seed germ) from Kentucky crops, but with a lack of key equipment to dehull the hemp seeds, we have to get them from either Canada or Colorado at this point.
Overall, our company goal is to add value to the hemp industry by expanding the demand for hemp in food products. While we are always going to be another brand on store shelves that a consumer can grab, our highest value is to develop products that incorporate hemp foods (oil, protein, hearts) as additives and ingredients to help fortify the nutritional profile of everyday meals.
That’s a great angle to popularize hemp – to make it an “additive” to make our foods more nutritious. Do you have any examples of this?
CR: We contributed to a collaborative group that developed the Kentucky Beef Sausage infused with hemp, which is a good example of breaking barriers and finding markets for hemp. Before this project, hemp had never been approved for use as an additive or ingredient in meat products by the USDA. With the help of farmers, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Associations, and Congressman Thomas Massie’s office, we were able to run this issue up the flag pole in D.C. and get the USDA to clear hemp for use in meat products. This established a precedent for the entire hemp food industry. We have a couple other non-meat related value added products that are in the final stages of development and we think they’ll be a fresh take on some classics.
The progress being made in Kentucky seems pretty remarkable. You also mentioned building a domestic supply chain for hemp. Could you elaborate on that?
CR: Building the supply chain involves more than just getting some viable seed in the ground and then harvesting it in the fall. We’re working to connect existing infrastructure to process the hemp stalks from our grain crops to provide multiple revenue centers from the same plant for farmers. We’re also developing proprietary equipment to process hemp food efficiently, effectively, and most importantly, safely here in rural Kentucky.
So what makes VHF different from some of the other bigger hemp brands, such as Nutiva or Navitas?
CR: The most obvious difference is that other brands import 100% of their products from Canada. Canada has a terrific grain supply, good genetics, experienced farmers, efficient processors. From a hemp farming perspective, they have a 20-year head start on us.
With these advantages, how do we even compete with Canada? Do our farmers even stand a chance?
CR: I think what Canada is not doing very well is their single focus of hemp seed production. While they have tried for some time to develop ancillary industries to fully utilize hemp for its fiber and hurd, they haven’t been very successful. They haven’t been able to compete with what Europe and China have been able to do with hemp fiber, hurd, and even CBD.
So I see this as our biggest opportunity, applying that good ‘ole American ingenuity to innovate and accelerate towards a multitude of solutions.
What drives your passion behind hemp? What made you start a hemp company?
CR: If hemp has 25,000 different uses, I could probably give you close to as many reasons for what drives my passion to see this plant come into the rotation. I believe in the rhetoric of what’s possible with this plant, from paper, textiles, graphene, food, construction materials to even replacing our fossil fuel based economy with an agriculture based economy. An economy that doesn’t rely on synthetic chemicals for production is more than possible. It’s scalable.
There are a lot of people in this industry working in different directions, some will be successful with those technologies and it’s exciting to be a part of it. Even distracting at times!
You moved to Kentucky from California to start VHF. Why Kentucky?
CR: Kentucky is an agricultural state – lots of good soil, sun, water, and farmers. Mix that with strong support from political leaders and it seemed like a great place to germinate a business in hemp. When you start to unravel the economics and the motives that legislators here in Kentucky had for aligning the laws to allow hemp into the rotation, you can’t go far without learning about the economic diaspora that took place when the demand for tobacco began to evaporate. As a high value crop, tobacco fit in well to the hills and holler’s that shape Kentucky’s topography. With hemp’s potential to offer multiple revenue points from a single plant, there’s strong potential for it to fit well into the agricultural system here in Kentucky. From that standpoint of impact I couldn’t think of a better place to grow roots for Victory Hemp Foods.
Kentucky legalized hemp farming back in 2014. What changes have you noticed in the hemp landscape there since then?
CR: Certainly there’s been a lot less talk and a whole bunch more work and collaboration happening between farmers, processors, and marketers. We’ve learned that hemp doesn’t grow without inputs, that weeds can be a significant challenge to overcome, yields aren’t always what we anticipate, and no one is getting rich quick. The folks that are still involved in the program have learned a lot, and that learning curve is very expensive.
While I can’t say that Kentucky will always be the leader in hemp, I think many of the good folks here will go on to build the industry around the country. We are already seeing that most of our processors are branching out setting up projects to work with farmers in neighboring states, such as North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, and even out to Minnesota, Vermont, and Texas. It seems to me that “local” is a big part of what the market wants when it comes to hemp.
Customers, no matter if they are eating hemp foods, or wearing hemp clothing, or using CBD want to know that their hemp is being grown in their community. This penchant for local sourcing is being driven by the consumers, and the companies that move away from a centralized purchasing or processing model to more of a distributed production and purchasing model will probably rise to the top as the next wave of hemp based businesses come to market.
What do you foresee as the biggest challenge for US grown hemp seed brands to catch up to Canada?
CR: The experience, efficiency, volume, and ensuing buying power that the established brands have in place give them the financial resources and momentum that will make it difficult to compete directly. Those economies of scale make it easy for them to maintain big margins while outcompeting local brands on price. This is just the reality of the economics that puts us at a disadvantage. Of course we could complain about free trade as well, but it’s that same free trade that gives us strawberries in December and allows our farmers to export corn and soy for (subsidized) profits.
So we’ll have to get creative, and go beyond trying to compete directly with the price of hemp seeds from Canada. I think it would be better for hemp food companies coming online to focus on expanding the market. The focus should be on taking market share from the unsustainable fish oil or meat protein market by developing product offerings that attract new customers and expand the market for hemp foods. This approach should help us all to go further faster.
In your experience, what are some benefits of using US hemp seeds over imported hemp seeds?
CR: There isn’t much “quality” difference between using Canadian seeds and our domestic seeds, but growing our domestic supply will be hugely impactful for our rural communities. First, I think that it’s important for food manufacturers to always prioritize domestic supplies. They can help create a culture that encourages customers to look for locally grown products. Whole Foods, the biggest natural foods retailer, have done a great job in creating a program that collaborates with domestic farmers and using their produce.
Over the years, you can tell consumers are looking more for locally grown products. They want to help support our farmers and our agriculture. Overall, I believe using US grown hemp seeds will help bring more money to our rural communities and bridge the gap between our rural communities and our urban areas.
What are the immediate challenges that you face now?
CR: I’m not alone when I say that we’re undercapitalized. I think that’s the biggest challenge for most of the domestic industry at this point. The payback for investors on most hemp projects, notwithstanding CBD is pretty long, say 5-7 years. With that sort of time horizon, there’s just an enormous amount that could change.
Traditional angel investors aren’t so excited about the acronyms that float around hemp industry Facebook pages, such as DEA, FDA, USDA, DOJ. They see that there’s a window to walk through, but more wonder if it will remain open. Now there are many newly minted investors who have done real well in the other side of cannabis, marijuana, but typically those investments have much shorter payback periods on wild multiples driven by enormous margins. The liquidity in marijuana investments typically allows investors the option to move in and out of the market more freely.
I bring this up because in our search for funding, there’s an abundance of referrals to investors in the marijuana industry. While the businesses both intersect around cannabis, the payback period in scaling a fiber plant to compete with glass fiber insulation or a food processing facility to knock soy protein off its perch is entirely different. We’re moving into very entrenched and competitive markets, where achieving efficiency takes massive investment in capital expenditure, time and patience. This is why I’d really like to see the crowd that claims that they’re “impact” investors step up and get involved. Right now I think the industry needs a bridge.
You bring up a great point about the “long-term” perspective of investing in hemp. But for an investor, that might be a hard sell if they don’t see some promise in the short term as well. In your opinion, what are some early wins that the hemp industry could strive for to help make this long term goal more achievable?
CR: You can tell that hemp still serves a very niche demographic. In order for hemp to really grow, hemp businesses need to attract mainstream consumers. In order to do that, we need to make our branding less about hemp and more about solutions. Let’s take hemp seeds for example.
We need to stop marketing hemp seeds for the sake of being hemp, but rather for the nutrition it offers. When we can communicate the benefits that hemp has, whether it’s seeds, protein, or even shirts, people will buy it because of its superior benefits. The fact that it’s hemp can become secondary.
So what is your ultimate vision with Victory Hemp Foods?
CR: I’d like for VHF to be able to give small hold farmers incentives to grow a crop that has the potential to provide income from multiple markets by utilizing different parts of the same plant. Working with companies that use fiber and others that use CBD, we want to identify the cultivars and techniques that give farmers more than one revenue source from the same crop.
If the US has the strongest economy in the world, it’s because of its flexibility. Look at Joel Salatin and his Polyfarm. Diversity of income is the best hedge against the price volatility that farmers often suffer from. Just like athletes who use performance enhancing drugs to compete, farmers are encouraged (even shunned) when they don’t use chemicals to compete and increase yields. Having less reliance on one income source or crop [insert soy/corn/cotton] is proven to be the strongest economic model that a farmer can employ.
We have come to view brands as something more than a name and a logo. A brand is really what it does, what it is achieving. If we can add value to the agricultural space by giving farmers a market for a crop that helps to reduce volatility and provides younger farmers to a viable livelihood that rewards stewardship for our environment, then we’re headed in the right direction.
How can our readers support you and our Kentucky farmers?
CR: Try out our hemp products and let us know what you think! We offer the following Kentucky Proud hemp products:
How do you know which brand to choose for hemp seeds? Hemp seeds are exploding as a favorite pick for healthy, organic foodies to add to their daily diet. With…
How do you know which brand to choose for hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are exploding as a favorite pick for healthy, organic foodies to add to their daily diet. With an amazing balance of protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, and variety of minerals, hemp could be the supplement that you’ve been looking for.
For those who are looking to try hemp seeds for the first time, the easiest place to check out is Amazon. Like every other product category, Amazon offers a wide arrange of brands and options for you to choose. But, how do you know which ones to trust and which ones offer the best value?
To make things easier for you, we’ve tried and tested all the hemp seed brands available on Amazon to help you get the best value in your next hemp seed purchase. First, we’ll go ahead and tell you what our top recommendations are, and then break it down to show you how we came to our conclusion. Hope you’ll find this resource useful as you shop for your next superfood.
You can tell the quality of hemp seeds by their looks, smells and taste. Fresh hulled hemp seeds should be mostly white. You can tell how good the batch of hemp seeds are by seeing how many of the seeds are darker colored. Also, fresh hemp seeds should have a strong nutty aroma while having a fresh grassy to nutty flavor. If the bag doesn’t smell all that much and the seeds don’t really taste like anything, that is a sign that they’re stale and old seeds.
All the brands that we tried were high quality, but Manitoba Harvest was clearly our favorite. This is clearly shown in their customer reviews as well, with an average of 4.7 stars on Amazon.
Their superior quality makes sense considering how they make their hemp seeds. Manitoba Harvest is the only hemp consumer brand that grows, makes and sells its own line of hemp foods. This gives them a distinct advantage over their competitors. Through vertical integration, they are able to tightly control their quality during the planting, cultivation, and packaging stages.
If you’ve shopped for hemp seeds on Amazon, you would have noticed that hemp seeds typically all have amazing reviews. Also, since they are all raw hemp seeds, the nutritional content is the same across the board. So, we comparing the price per pound for each brand to see which brand offers the best value.
From our review, we found that Just Hemp Foods offers the best value for cost conscious customers who use hemp seeds on a regular basis.
All the hemp seed brands have raving reviews, mainly because they source their hemp seeds from Canada, where hemp is cultivated without using any pesticides or fertilizers. But comparing the online reviews, Nutiva comes out as king, as it has over 1300 reviews with an average rating of 4.8 stars. But as you see in the list, you’ll find all these brands to offer high quality hemp seeds:
With our guide and by checking out more online reviews, you can feel pretty safe with whatever decision you make. Yet, if you still want to check whether the seeds you received are good quality, here’s a good rule of thumb:
Mostly white nut – less than 50% green on the nut
Low number of off colour (yellow) seed
Fresh, nutty aroma
Flavor ranges from slight fresh, herbal, grassy to nutty
More yellow colour seeds than white
Dry feeling in the mouth
Bitter or chalky aftertaste
The following guidelines were provided by Hemp Oil Canada, one of the leading producers of hemp seeds in Canada.
To help you see the full comparison among the top 5 brands, please reference the table below:
We’ve been on a hunt to find natural and healthy body care products during the past month, when we ran into The Fay Farm – a boutique natural body care…
We’ve been on a hunt to find natural and healthy body care products during the past month, when we ran into The Fay Farm – a boutique natural body care brand based out of Whidbey Island, Washington. Being a hemp based product was an added bonus considering all the nutritional benefits that hemp oil has to offer.
After some consideration, we decided to try out three of their products – the Healing Hemp Lotion, the Healing Hemp Salve, and the Healing Hemp Serum. Before I dive into reviewing these products, I’d like to provide some background on the Fay Farm because I think their story is quite unique.
STORY OF FAY FARM
The Fay Farm was started by Stacy Anderson and Michael Yocco, two individuals who decided to uproot their city life in the Bay Area to pursue a healthier and more balanced life in the beautiful state of Washington. Wanting to transition to a farm life, they found their calling in Whidbey Island, a small island right off the coast of Washington. Here, they have created a small farm, where they actually get several of the ingredients that go into their body care products. From their passion for hemp, they created a product line that preserves and/or heals your skin. Their products can treat skin conditions ranging from basic dry skin to more serious conditions, such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Ichthyosis, Contact Dermatitis, itching skin, and burn care.
THE HEALING HEMP LOTION
I decided to try out the Healing Hemp Lotion, since you can’t ever have too much lotion! Gotta keep your skin nourished and protected, right? The Fay Farm describes the Hemp Lotion as
Free of any harmful chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and alcohol, our Healing Hemp Lotion feels gentle on the skin and soaks in quickly. It feels like mousse!
And after trying it for a few weeks now, I’d have to agree with its description on how gentle and smooth it feels. My two favorite aspects about this lotion is its texture and smell. The lotion doesn’t feel too oily like many of the conventional products in stores, but rather feels refreshing after you put it on. In terms of smell, it doesn’t have a very strong scent. It has a light herb-like smell that is very pleasant while applying.
In terms of ingredients, The Fay Farms really is selective in using only organic ingredients. As you can see in the picture, it uses a combination of Hemp, Argan, and Grapeseed oil. If you aren’t sure of the nutritional benefits of hemp oil, check out our Hemp Oil page to learn more. In short, hemp oil offers an amazing balance of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and amino acids that makes it one of the best natural oils available.
THE HEALING HEMP SALVE
The Fay Farm describes the Hemp Salve as:
Healing Hemp Salve is our most popular and effective salve for healing those who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis, burns, and bug bites to calm skin down, heal and rejuvenate skin
At first, I was hesitant of getting the hemp salve as I don’t have any major skin conditions. It’s also not winter time so I don’t necessarily have that dry of a skin. But I figured it’ll be useful some way so I just grabbed one. I’ll have to say, I am grateful that I did!!
Unexpectedly, I realized one day that the summer mosquitoes were coming out. I have an energetic puppy, so I have to take her to the dog park every day to let her burn off some of that energy. One day, shortly after I got the hemp salve, I came back and realized I was bit all over my leg! I don’t know if the Texas mosquitoes are just worse, but these bites were itching me like crazy.
So I quickly pulled out the salve and started to apply it on my leg, and wow, wasn’t that a game changer! It was pretty amazing how quickly the salve took effect and started to calm down the irritation.
Even just for bug bites, there’s a couple reasons I would recommend the Healing Hemp Salve over conventional bug bite creams.
It uses natural oil and ingredients rather than a chemical ingredient. As the Fay Farm puts it – “Hemp oil is proven to be one of the best healing and cell regenerative oils”
It smells 10X better. It has this herb scent that even smells soothing.
THE HEALING HEMP SERUM
Modeled after the Healing Hemp Salve, the Serum is packed with some added benefits. As the Fay Farm puts it:
Hemp Serum contains all the herbs and essential oils found in our Salve, but with the Omega-3 and -9 fatty acids found in Argan oil
Similar to their other products, the Serum is only made with organic materials. But compared to their other two products, I found it harder to find a useful application for the serum. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great product with amazing ingredients. But the hemp serum is a more useful application for those experiencing some type of skin condition, such as “psoriasis on the scalp, eczema on the face, as well as sebborheic dermatitis on the face”.
For both those who are looking for natural (and organic) body care products and those who are suffering some type of skin condition, I would recommend you to check out the Fay Farm’s products. They have 20+ products to help you improve and heal your skin. If you have any specific questions regarding their products, reach out to our team at [email protected]
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During the past week, we had the opportunity to try Hippie Butter’s Hemp Seed Butter products. Hippie Butter offers two different types of seed butter: The Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter…
During the past week, we had the opportunity to try Hippie Butter’s Hemp Seed Butter products. Hippie Butter offers two different types of seed butter: The Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter (original flavor) and The Cacao Hemp Seed Butter (chocolate flavor). So we’ll break this review down for each of those products.
Honestly, when I first opened the bottle, I wasn’t sure what to think. The content was green with a consistency similar to that of peanut butter. It wasn’t the most appealing color to be honest. As their website puts it, the Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter is “the finely ground and pressed form of the Hemp Seed. It has a green tinge to it due to its healthy chlorophyll content.”
The gourmet hemp butter has a very natural taste that you will find strangely addicting. Since its just a grounded version of hemp seeds, the unique nutty flavor of hemp seeds is even more accented. It might taste a bit “different” or “too unique” at first, but this taste really grows on you. If you want to add some sweetness to this nutty flavor, I found adding some honey or cinnamon to be really effective.
The Cacao Hemp Seed Butter
PRESENTATION & TEXTURE
The Cacao Hemp Butter definitely has a more appealing look than the Gourmet – as you would assume since it is chocolate flavored. The butter is reddish brown with white hulled hemp seeds visible throughout. The consistency is a bit harder than the Gourmet hemp butter. After putting it in the refrigerator, the butter got a bit harder, so it didn’t really “spread” on my toast. But, honestly, it wasn’t too hard using a knife to get the butter out of the jar.
Hippie Butter really did an amazing job on the flavor of the Cacao Hemp Butter. With a dark chocolate and nutty taste, the Cacao Hemp Butter really makes you crave more. The chocolate isn’t too sweet, as the nutty flavor counterbalances the sweetness. So the sweetness will never feel like you had “too much”. Since it is chocolate flavored, there was no need for me to add anything else to the butter. Honestly, it’s like a much healthier version of a Nutella.
WAYS TO EAT THE HEMP SEED BUTTERS
I tried out the hemp seed butters in several different ways for the next couple days. I toasted some bread and made myself a hemp seed butter sandwich, cut up some apples and dipped them in the hemp butter, and I also just grabbed a spoon and ate a spoonful of it as a snack. I’m sure there’s plenty of other ways you could eat it as a snack – spreading it across some crackers, mixing it with your smoothie, etc.
Personally, for the Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter, I enjoyed spreading it on my apples the most. The sweetness of an apple really blended well with the nutty flavor of the original hemp seed flavor. For the Cacao Hemp Butter, I loved spreading it on a toast and enjoying it as a late night snack. It really satisfies all your “sweet tooth” cravings at night, and is a much healthier alternative!
What I really LOVED about the hemp butters was the dietary effects that I noticed in the past few weeks that I’ve been eating them. As Hippie Butter describes on their website, hemp seed butters “offer virtually perfect nutrition”. It packs 11g of protein per serving while also packing the exact proportion of amino acids found in other sources of protein such as milk, eggs, meat, and soy. Setting these descriptive language aside, what I noticed most is how long hemp seed butter keeps you full for. After adding hemp seed butter to my breakfast (by either spreading it on my toast or apple), I’ve noticed that I don’t get hungry as quickly. I can last until lunch without having a snack. I also have felt a lot more energized throughout the day after adding hemp seed butter to my diet.
For those who are on the fence of trying any hemp seed products, I would recommend trying out Hippie Butter’s Hemp Seed Butters. They’re a great way to add hemp seeds to your diet and for you to fall in love with hemp! Below is my final summary of their hemp seed butter products:
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People often confuse hemp essential oil with hemp oil. Although both oils come from the same plant, they are in fact very different. So, let’s clarify the difference. WHAT IS…
People often confuse hemp essential oil with hemp oil. Although both oils come from the same plant, they are in fact very different.
So, let’s clarify the difference.
WHAT IS HEMP ESSENTIAL OIL?
Hemp seed oil comes from the seed, whereas essential oil comes from the upper leaves and flowers of the hemp plant
Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of hemp plant. The seeds are cold-pressed to produce an oil that is nutty and green in flavor. It’s commonly known as nature’s most nutritionally balanced oil.
Hemp essential oil, also known as cannabis essential oil, comes from the upper leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. The leaves and flowers are then steam distilled to capture the pure essence of the plant. Pale yellow to light green in color with a a highly concentrated therapeutic aroma. It takes over fifty pounds to make 1 ounce of hemp essential oil. It is also one of the most expensive oils in the world – and contains no THC or CBD.
HISTORY OF HEMP ESSENTIAL OIL
Hemp essential oil is not just a new fad. In fact it has been revered throughout history. But where did essential oils come from and who used them?
A deep connection and understanding between man and the earth was formed as early as the hunter-gatherer era. Realizing the effects that plants had on the body, hunter-gatherers learned that some plants brought on stupor, some lifted the spirit, others purged and, of course, some nourished the body.
Soon it became essential for the well-being of man to capture the aroma of plants to promote overall health. Not only on the physical level, but on an emotional and spiritual level as well.
Hemp’s essential oil was well known for its therapeutic abilities, helping to release stress and relax the body.
Leaves, bark, roots and other aromatic portions of botanicals were pressed, ground or soaked into fat. This infused the plants’ healing and therapeutic properties into the oil. This ultimately created chemical compounds that could be stored and used at will. There is even evidence of a crude steam distillation apparatus dating back as early as 300 B.C., as man began to fine tune the extraction process.
Traders would regularly travel long distances to bring these treasured aromatic oils to their homeland.
USING ESSENTIAL OIL FOR STRESS AND RELAXATION
Hemp, man’s oldest cultivated crop, was well known for its essential oil aroma and therapeutic abilities on the central nervous system. It was a key in helping to release stress and relax the body. Its warm, sweet scent played a part in Biblical times, being used as an ingredient in the holy anointing oil that also included myrrh, cassia, sweet cinnamon and olive oil.
The Egyptians also used hemp and other essential oils for medicinal and spiritual purposes. The wealthiest Egyptians were afforded the extravagance of lavishing perfumed oils on their body. The Greeks and Romans enjoyed these precious oils in their luxurious baths as well.
During the 11th Century, steam distillation became common practice and essential oils were not only used for medicinal purposes throughout the world, but were also believed to help attain a higher frequency of spirituality.
By the 16th century, oils could be purchased at an “apothecary,” and many more essential oils were introduced for their healing properties.
Herbal medications and essential oils were still being used up until the Victorian Age, when they unfortunately were pushed to the side in favor of pharmaceutical drugs.
REVIVING HEMP ESSENTIAL OIL
We are bringing back Hemp, the Queen of essential oils and its earthy, peppery and faintly sweet scent
Recently however, we are bringing back the Queen of essential oils: the powerful aroma of hemp. Its earthy, peppery and faintly sweet scent is alluring and sensual; blending perfectly with other fragrances to perfect the art of aromatherapy.
We invite you to discover a more relaxed balanced and peaceful way of being. Experience the incredible healing and therapeutic properties of hemp essential oil in our signature line of candles and essential oil blends.
Kushed founder, Alison Joy, began her love affair with candles in 2003, blending soy wax with essential oils from her kitchen in the one bedroom condo she shared with her seven year-old son. Her research led her to one of the more taboo essential oils, cannabis essential oil. It was here, in the combining of floral and other natural aromas with cannabis essential oil that she found the perfect prescription to relax her mind and soothe her soul.