Hemp is one of the most versatile crops on the planet, yet many people don’t realize just how easy it is to incorporate it into their everyday lifestyles. It’s a worthwhile venture, though, as this plant provides a highly sustainable alternative to many common household goods as it needs significantly smaller amounts of resources like water, pesticides, and even land.
Today, we’re exploring the five easiest ways you can start using hemp today from the comfort of your own home!
1. Supplements and skincare
Hemp goes with self-care like peanut butter goes with jelly. The hemp plant can be used for all sorts of elements in a healthy lifestyle, including in dietary supplements and skincare. In fact, full-spectrum hemp extracts make some of the best self-care staples around. These extracts contain all the beneficial compounds found in the cannabis plant, particularly its powerful cannabinoids including CBD. Hemp extracts are commonly used to promote general health and wellness and more recently have begun appearing in skincare products as well to help beautify the appearance of the skin. It’s the ultimate ingredient both for promoting both that inner and outer glow.
You can kickstart your supplement and skincare routine right here, right now with Bluebird’s line of full-spectrum CBD oils and lotions!
Cooking with hemp is easier than you might think! This plant has actually been used as a dietary staple for over 10,000 years. Hemp seeds, in particular, have been heralded through the ages for their nutrition contents, versatility, and ease of use. Their ease of use have greatly contributed to their popularity. The seeds can be consumed raw, cooked, roasted, ground into a powder, pressed into an oil, or turned into another liquid form like hemp milk and hemp tea. They’ve been consumed in huge amounts in China for thousands of years and are now starting to become popular in the United States.
Today, hemp seed oil and hemp protein have become widely used in cooking and food preparation. And, guess what? You can get your hemp seed oil in the same place as your full-spectrum hemp extract, right here at Bluebird! Our Classic and Signature CBD oil blends use organic virgin hemp seed oil as the base for our hemp extracts, providing a comprehensively healthy blend for optimum wellness.
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3. Clothing and accessories
Clothing made from hemp has covered the peoples of the world for most of human history. Only with the rise of the cotton gin did hemp finally lose its top status as the fabric of choice. That’s because its rugged durability meant hemp clothing and textiles could last a long time. It was in China, known as “the Land of Mulberry and Hemp,” where most major hemp innovations occurred. The first spinning wheels spun hemp clothing and, because of its traditional importance, hemp cloth is still worn by Chinese when mourning their deceased relatives. In the sumo circles of Japan, hemp is the “holy fabric” and the only cloth allowed to enter the ring. Hemp clothed the first settlers of North America and its planting was even ordered by the government because of its importance.
Hemp clothing went out of fashion during the early half of the 20th century due to many countries imposing blanket bans on the cannabis crop. However, the American economy has been seeing a resurgence in this textile as a comfortable and more sustainable choice than cotton. Today, you can find hemp t-shirts, pants, dresses, bags, and other accessories just about anywhere - Onno, Jungmaven, and Hemp Authority are all reputable brands that make sustainable and stylish hemp accessories. You can even make your own hemp face mask, if you’re feeling creative.
4. Home decor
Crafty birds, unite! If you’ve been following our blogs for awhile, you probably know by now that our team members at Bluebird are big fans of DIY activities. We’re even bigger fans of crafts that use hemp, and fortunately, there’s no shortage of options in this category. You can make beautiful home decorations using a variety of hemp-based materials, but hemp rope is our favorite for DIY delights. It’s durable, easily sourced, and lends a rustic, earthy vibe to household decorations like planters, baskets, and wall hangings.
First things first, sourcing hemp rope is as easy as shopping online at Amazon or heading to your local craft store. You can use this relatively cheap tool to make these adorable hanging planters or get even artsier by weaving your own DIY hemp basket for stylish storage or unique wall decorations. These DIY decorations will keep you feeling crafty AND eco-friendly!