22 Ways Hemp is Used for Commercial and Industrial Products

uses for hemp

22 Ways Hemp is Used for Commercial and Industrial Products

The cultivation of cannabis sativa or hemp dates as far back as 10,000 years ago. Valued as a fiber source, the weaving of hemp can be traced to the ancient Chinese and Mesopotamians. Researchers believe hemp was brought to Britain from Asia around 800 BC. The earliest mention of hemp dates back to 373 BC, describing how a Celtic princess taught women to sew and weave hemp.

There are records dating back to 800AD that chronicle how hemp was used by Henry VIII’s naval fleet to construct battleships and their components, such as sails, ropes, and rigging. Hemp was even used for their maps and the sailors’ clothes and bibles. Hemp was in such high demand that during Henry VIII’s reign, it was compulsory to cultivate 15 acres of hemp for every 60 acres of land.

When the British colonized the Americas, fields of cannabis sativa fields were grown for the British Crown. Hemp use remained strong over the decades. In 1938, Popular Mechanics magazine published an article about the potential of hemp as the “new billion-dollar crop.”

According to the publication, hemp “can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.” The article was released just a year after the Marijuana Tax Act regulated the cultivation and sale of all varieties of cannabis, including hemp. What followed is the long history of the public’s misidentification of hemp with marijuana.

Modern Hemp Products to Try Today

Today, the uses of hemp have evolved thanks to new methods and technology, a better understanding of hemp’s potential, and the removal of all federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp. Here are 21 fascinating uses of hemp:

1. Rope
Hemp fibers were first weaved into rope centuries ago. Due to its strength and durability, it is still made today and has evolved into twine and cord that comes in different colors and sizes. It has industrial uses, but it is also popular in craft projects and gardening.

2. Hempseed Oil
Hemp oil comes from pressing hemp seeds. It can be used in body care products like soaps and shampoos, while industrial hemp seed oil can be used in paints, plastics, inks, and lubricants. Because hempseed oil is edible, it can be used in cooking or infused in food and beverages.

3. Alcohol
Hemp beer is not brewed from hemp directly but is infused with hemp elements such as the meat of the hemp seeds. Similar to hemp beer, hemp vodka is infused with hemp to give it that distinct and unique hemp flavor.

4. Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories
Hemp fabric is super water-absorbent, dyes well, and is incredibly strong. Hemp fabric’s versatility has paved the way for everything from hemp shirts, jackets, pants, scarves, hats, and other clothing accessories such as wallets and bags. It can even be made into shoes and slippers. Because it is a sustainable material, hemp is preferred by eco-friendly consumers.

5. Lip Balm
Hemp lip balm is made with hemp oil, a moisturizing oil that is rich in nutrients and healthy fatty acids.

6. Sunscreen
Hemp is believed to have natural sun protecting properties, making it ideal for infusing hemp seed oil into sunscreen. Hemp seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, potent antioxidants, and protein.

7. Soap
Because hemp seed oil is touted for its fatty acid profile, it makes a great soap for anti-aging and problematic skin.

8. Flour
Hemp flour is the result of removing hemp oil from the seeds to mill into flour. Hemp flour is a nutty, earthy-flavored flour that is gluten-free.

9. “Hempcrete”
Hempcrete is a bio-composite material that is used in construction all over the world as a sustainable building material. As a thermodynamic insulator, it helps reduce energy costs. It also continuously absorbs CO2.

10. Diapers
Hemp diapers are soft, durable, comfortable, and super absorbent. There are hemp cloth diapers and disposable hemp diapers.

11. Car Bodies
Hemp plastic can be used to build a car’s body. In fact, Henry Ford did it in 1941. Hemp plastic is said to be stronger than steel due to its ability to bend and mend back to its original position, rather than crack and break.

12. Biofuel
The seeds from cannabis sativa can be used to create viable diesel fuel that can be used in any conventional diesel engine.

13. Hair Care
Hemp shampoo and conditioner contain hemp seed oil containing vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Hair care products infused with hemp are moisturizing, protecting, and strengthening.

14. Paper
Hemp paper is considered superior to regular paper made from trees as it does not yellow or deteriorate over time. Hemp paper can also be recycled more than tree-based paper.

15. Furniture
Hemp furniture is made with hemp fabric that feels similar to cotton and canvas. While the fabric can be used mostly to upholster seats and couches, some companies make chairs entirely out of hemp.

16. Pet Toys, Accessories, and Bedding
From dog collars and chew toys to bedding, hemp is used in a variety of pet-related products. Hemp rope makes a great chew toy for dogs because it’s strong, non-toxic, anti-bacterial, and organic.

17. Nail Polish
When infused with hemp oil, hemp-based nail polish can help and rebuild nails thanks to its natural health properties.

18. Protein Powder
Hemp protein powder has less protein content than whey; however, it is more easily digested and boasts essential amino acids. As a high-quality protein, it is great for weight loss due to its high, gut-cleaning fiber content.

19. Batteries
Hemp-based supercapacitors are the result of discovering that hemp fibers are more conductive than graphene, the conductor that increases energy density.

20. Sunglasses
Hemp sunglasses are made from hemp fiber composite. They look distinctly eco-friendly and sustainable, making them fashionable for those who want to make a statement about the environment.

21. Aromatherapy Candles
Hemp candles are made with hemp oil and even uses a hemp wick that gives them a longer burn time.

22. CBD Oil
Cannabidiol also known as, CBD, is extracted from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant. It does not produce intoxication, but does claim some medicinal benefits. The benefits range from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness and more.

Have you heard of other interesting ways hemp is used in 2020? Tell us about it.

Share this Article

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest
Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting

Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting

Higher Yields Consulting is a Marijuana Consulting Group comprised of industry experts with decades of combined experience in the legal industry. Whether you are looking to get into the business or already have a license we can help your business succeed. Call (844) HI-YIELD to schedule an initial consultation.

The Latest from our cannabis consulting blog

The Curious Case of Formerly Anti-Cannabis States Racing to Legalize Marijuana in 2020

Nebraska cannabis consultants

The Curious Case of Formerly Anti-Cannabis States Racing to Legalize Marijuana in 2020

For some states, marijuana legalization wasn’t a radical idea as the death of cannabis prohibition emerged.

In 1973, Oregon became the first state in US history to decriminalize marijuana, imposing a mere $100 fine for possession of up to one ounce. In 1996, 59 years since the Marijuana Tax Act that criminalized marijuana was passed, California passed Proposition 215, which legalized the sale and medical use of marijuana for patients with qualifying conditions. Two years later, in 1998, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington legalized medical marijuana through ballot measures. More states followed over the years.

To date, 33 states have a medical marijuana program; 11 of those states also allow recreational marijuana use.

Statewide Cannabis Legalization vs. Federal Law

It’s true that state laws on marijuana legalization, whether medical or recreational, don’t comply with federal law. However, thanks to memorandums written by the US Department of Justice, it’s been made clear that federal prosecutors intend to focus their resources elsewhere.

The first of these memos was released in 2009 to clarify and guide federal prosecutors in states authorizing medical marijuana use. The memo explains that the Justice Department’s resources will not focus on “individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.” The Department, however, would focus mainly on illegal drug trafficking activities like sales to minors, ties to criminal enterprises, and so on.

In 2013, a similar memo was published stating that it was “committed to using its limited investigative and prosecutorial resources” to only address significant threats such as the distribution of marijuana to minors, marijuana sales going to gangs and cartels, or using state-authorized marijuana activity as a front for trafficking other illegal drugs.

Thanks to some bold states taking the first steps and memos from the Justice Department, more states have legalized medical marijuana and are aiming to legalize recreational cannabis if they haven’t already. In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to legalize adult-use marijuana. And it comes as no surprise that the early adopters of medical marijuana are also looking to legalize recreational marijuana.

States Trying to Legalize Recreational Marijuana That Will Surprise You

Marijuana support is at an all-time high, with two-thirds of Americans supporting legalization. However, this means that there’s still one-third of the nation that’s against the legalization of cannabis, particularly recreational marijuana. There are still 17 states that have aligned with the federal government to keep cannabis illegal, and for a long time, it didn’t seem like they would budge.

So when we hear about states that have historically been opposed to the legalization of marijuana suddenly making a move to legalize medical or recreational marijuana, it makes us do a double-take. Here’s a look at three states that experts said were the least likely to legalize and yet have residents coming around to get their marijuana initiatives on the 2020 ballot:

South Dakota

South Dakota has repeatedly refused to act on any marijuana reform bills in the past. It would seem that any polling on support for legalization would result in defeat. However, it appears that efforts are underway as the South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative seeks signatures to legalize marijuana use for persons aged 21 and over.

The measure will allow anyone over 21 to possess, grow, sell, and distribute cannabis. There’s also a section that states that no localities can tax marijuana and its paraphernalia, nor regulate the consumption, cultivation, production, distribution, and sale of marijuana. Surprisingly, the number of signatures required to get an initiated state statute certified for the November 2020 ballot is only 16,961.


Mississippi, known for its conservative background, has no medical marijuana program, and it remains illegal in the state. For a long time, and even as more and more states decriminalized cannabis and passed their own marijuana laws, Mississippi seemed unphased. Mississippi is also the state that didn’t end alcohol prohibition until 1966 – 33 years after the 21st Amendment ended the prohibition.

Now, there is a group called Mississippians for Compassionate Care who are pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi. They have turned in more than 105,000 signatures that are now under review. If they fulfill the signature requirement, the Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign may appear on the ballot.

The Mississippi Marijuana Legalization Amendment, which is referred to by its sponsors as The Mississippi Cannabis Freedom Act, may make it to the November 2020 ballot if it achieves the 86,185-signature requirement. Mississippi Cannabis Freedom Fund seeks to legalize marijuana for persons aged 18 years or older and will also provide medical marijuana.


You would think that a state that decriminalized marijuana four decades ago would have legalized cannabis by now. However, for years, the state’s conservative lawmakers have rejected any measure for regulated medical marijuana.

In a bold move, Bill Hawkins of the Nebraska Hemp Company and Frank Shoemaker filed the Nebraska Cannabis Legalization Initiative in the hopes it will appear on the 2020 ballot. However, Nebraska has a tricky state process when it comes to the number of signatures needed to qualify, and it is the only state where petition sponsors can’t know the exact number of signatures until they are submitted.

The initiative’s objective is to grant any person in Nebraska the right to use any plant in the genus Cannabis L for non-commercial personal possession, consumption, production, and distribution for individuals 21 years or older. There’s also a section on allowing personal possession and consumption by a person under 21 as long as they have written consent from their parent, legal guardian, or licensed health care practitioner. Essentially, the measure seeks to legalize recreational marijuana in Nebraska.

What has these historically anti-cannabis states clamoring for marijuana reform? Is it because the negative stigma of marijuana has shifted? Or does it have something to do with the prediction that the legal marijuana market will be worth $66.3 billion by 2025?

Share this Article

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest
Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting

Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting

Higher Yields Consulting is a Marijuana Consulting Group comprised of industry experts with decades of combined experience in the legal industry. Whether you are looking to get into the business or already have a license we can help your business succeed. Call (844) HI-YIELD to schedule an initial consultation.

The Latest from our cannabis consulting blog