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Breaking Down the Hemp Crop ~ Part 1 ~ Fibre

Are you as impressed as we are with all the amazing uses of hemp?

In addition to the high nutritional value for humans and animals in this miracle crop, it’s also super healthy for the environment.

There are a many things that make this crop so wonderful. One of them is how much of the plant can be used to supply solutions to customer demands.  Since different parts of the plant have different benefits, we’re going to break it down one part at a time starting with the fibre.

Fibre

Also known as bast is one of the most productive parts of the plant.  It derives a great deal of products and is embraced for its excellent strength and durability.  The hemp plant produces both long and short fibre, each having its own uses.

Early Uses

One of the earliest uses of hemp fibre was for cordage on ships.  Its strength, durability, and resistance to rot made it a great option for sailors.

Another pioneer user of hemp fibre was Levi Strauss.  He gained popularity in Western USA during the gold rush offering a strong, resilient pants to miners.

Long Fibre

Taken from the exterior of the plant, the long fibre is considered the bark of the stalk.  It stretches the entire length of the plant, and can therefore produce a fibre over 10 feet in length – depending on the height of the finished crop.  

This makes it ideal for textiles as it offers a continuous “thread” which does not break down as quickly as its competitor, cotton.  Cotton fibres are less than 1% of that length, averaging 1-2mm.  This shorter length inevitably results in faster wear in cotton products.

The insulative effect of hemp fibre makes it an ideal multi-season garment as it keeps you cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter.  Its anti-bacterial properties also make it attractive as a textile, cordage, and paper product.

Short Fibre

Considered a secondary or bi-product of the long-fibre, as the name suggests, the difference is in its length.  Despite the short fibre not being as strong as the long fibre, it is still considered superior and stronger than many other fibres being used in the textile industry.

The short fibre is collected during the process of separating the fibre from the hurd in the hemp stalk.  This secondary product offers first class solutions to demand for products like textiles, paper products, auto-body parts, and building materials.

Attractive Alternative

Being able to use multiple parts of this miracle crop certainly makes it attractive.  The yield per acre planted increases, and waste decreases.  If you are a conscious customer looking for an environmentally friendly alternative that passes the quality test, hemp has you covered.

Beyond Fibre

As mentioned, the hemp plant provides many commercial uses.  Stay tuned for the next post all about the hemp hurd.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

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Hemp is a Healthy Option for Animals

Are you wondering about the benefits of adding hemp to your pet’s diet?

You’re in luck.  Since hemp offers an excellent balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, it is an ideal supplement for your pet’s health.

Much like when humans consume either hemp oil or protein, the effects can be felt in a wide range of areas from reduced inflammation to cardiovascular health.

The Misconception

There is a common misconception when it comes to hemp.  People perceive it as a drug, and therefore refrain from consuming it or sharing this superfood with their pet.  

By nature, the hemp plant in its entirety contains extremely nominal traces of THC, and in many cases 0% in end products derived from hemp seeds.  It cannot get you high, no matter how much you eat of it.   Same rule applies to when you feed hemp protein or oil to your pet.  Don’t miss out on this healthy boost due to misinformation.

Healthy Dose

Since most hemp foods are designed and distributed for human consumption, it’s understandable that you may not want to serve your pet a portion.  That’s why there are great companies out there dedicated to bringing the right products to market, designed specifically for animal well-being and health.

Hemp for Horses

We at HempE are thrilled to be carrying Elite Three products.  These have been specially crafted for horses however can also be consumed by larger dogs too.   Elite Three offers hemp oil and protein, encouraging both be added as dietary supplements.

Why Hemp Oil?

One of the most notable benefits of hemp oil for horses relates to their stamina and heart rate.  It promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and provides a sustainable energy source for fuel.  An added bonus of feeding hemp oil to your animal is that it has been shown to increase calmness and focus through its natural unique properties.

Why Hemp Protein?

Derived from the by-product of pressing hemp seed oil, the protein powder offers many of the same benefits of the oil without the added fat and calories.  Hemp protein is high in fibre and aids with digestion.  Speaking of digestion, due to the make up hemp, it is known to be one of the most digestible protein sources which reduces lag time between ingestion and absorption.

Other Pets

We know that not everyone has a horse, so we also carry a great hemp seed oil supplement for other pets.  HemPetz is a staple for the average pet owner and has shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.  The fatty acids found in this supplement are an important to the overall health of your pet’s skin, coat, joints, and other body systems.

Share the Love

Animals bring so much joy to our lives, why not share the love with a healthy addition to their diet.  The increase in overall health will be of benefit to the both of you.  Go natural at mealtime by supplementing hemp along with their staple food.

Do you feed hemp to your pet?  We’d love to hear about the effect it’s had on their general health and overall well being.   Join the conversation on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty.

If you’d like to learn more about omegas as they relate to hemp, give a read to this great post all about brain health.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com