19 Oct Hemp
WHAT IS HEMP? Hemp is one of the first plants to be spun into fibre over 10,000 years ago. It is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Differing from Cannabis as a drug, Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects when consumed.
HOW IS IS MADE? Firstly a machine splits the herd from the fibre. The decorticated fibre is then dyed. Chemicals and heat are added to help the process. It is then put through a roller and dried to create a consistency that can be woven or knitted according to fabric requirements.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? Similar to a thick linen, hemp is durable and tough while soft on the skin and very breathable.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR? As a fibre, it was traditionally used for canvas (the word canvas derives from cannabis). Now used for clothing, accessories and homewares. Its other industrial uses include food, building material, paper, weed control and biofuel.
WHAT ARE ITS ECO-BENEFITS?
• Vegan (no animals are harmed in it’s making)
• Extremely durable making it’s long lasting
• Fast growing