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Not to be confused with the controversial marijuana, hemp is a useful and a much less intoxicating cousin from the same cannabis family. Little wonder that products made of hemp in Japan are gaining popularity amongst the health and eco conscious trendsetters.
These days, you will find hemp refined into a variety of items including paper, textiles, clothing, food and animal feed. Before there was a general clampdown on growing all species of cannabis, hemp in Japan was prevalent as a crop and used as a fabric in many societies across the world. These days, hemp is not as widely grown but more and more farmers are including hemp on their farmlands as they gain a better understanding of just how beneficial a crop it can be. Yet many are still left unconvinced and puzzled by this growing trend. Here are our top 5 reasons why hemp should be your choice too.
- Hemp is great for people with sensitive skin
Hemp is a natural weed deterrent and requires no pesticides to grow well. Aside from being ideal as a fabric for young children and people with sensitive skin, you can be assured that you are doing your part to limit soil pollution.
- Hemp is earth’s best friend
Unlike most crop, hemp is truly resource efficient. It takes a mere 3 months from seed to harvest for hemp. It seems that whilst most crop depletes the soil, growing hemp actually restores soil health. In fact, more and more farmers get more out of their lands now that they grow hemp in between their regular crop seasons.
- Hemp helps us decrease our carbon footprint
Compared to cotton, hemp is processed with up to less than half the amount of water for double the yield. As hemp clothing also lasts far longer than any other natural fabric, you probably will not need new clothes for a long time! Apart from recycling, it sounds like hemp might well be another way to further decrease our carbon footprint.
- Hemp is a hardworking fabric
Hemp fibres are very strong. Even when wet, hemp fabric does not stretch nor lose its shape, making it the choice material for boat sails in the olden days. These days, hemp clothing is valued for its excellent drape quality, which closely mimics linen. Its anti-bacterial properties certainly seems ideal for Tokyo’s humid summers! Check out this hemp clothing store in Ebisu to see if eco fashion is for you.
- Hemp is a healthful (and delicious!) addition to your diet
Little known is that Hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein. This is the kind of protein that digests well, even more so than meat or dairy – perfect for Vegans and Vegetarians. Also a rich source of good fatty acids and amino acids, it is no wonder hemp seeds are growing in popularity in Tokyo. If you are curious for the taste of hemp, pop down to this deli for some baked goods using hemp seeds. We think you just might enjoy the buttery and nutty flavour!
- CBD Hemp oil drops are nutritious and now available in Japan
Hemp oil has a high concentration of anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Many overseas studies are finding additional benefits of CBD hemp oil drops.
In stores, the word 麻 (asa), will help you identify all products containing hemp in Japan.