The Power of Hemp Fiber
Updated: May 9, 2019
You probably thought cannabis was only for smoking, as did 99% of the people we’ve talked to. In our previous blog post, we explain a little bit about hemp, and the main differences it has compared to marijuana; you can read it here. This post is dedicated to the fiber of the hemp plant. Yes, you can get a pretty strong and durable fiber from Cannabis. Mind - Blown aren't you? This very special fiber has a lot of great properties:
- It is naturally resistant to mold and UV light
- It holds its shape throughout time
- It is hypoallergenic and non-irritating
- It keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter
- It is fire resistant
- It is considered to be one of the most eco-friendly crops out there (more on this in our future posts)
Depending on how you extract and treat the fiber you can get a variety of different products. You can treat it to have a coarse fiber and make rope with it (fun fact: supposedly the Egyptians used hemp rope to pull the blocks they build the pyramids with, yes you read that right, THE PYRAMIDS!) or you can treat it to make a fine yarn, used to make different kinds of textiles. You can even combine it with other fibers and materials such as cotton or silk to get different textures and looks. It is indeed a very versatile fiber. Even the "waste" can be put to use, hemp hurds (the woody parts of the stalk you get when you separate the fiber) are used for a variety of products such as animal bedding and hempcrete to name a few.
Leave us a comment below letting us know if you knew about hemp fiber, or ask us any questions you might have about it!