This article was originally published on Cannabis & Tech Today, and appears here with permission.
Truly one of the most utilitarian plants in the world, hemp was legally cultivated until the industrial revolution. It was then that the reigns of political and corporate interest facilitated the ban on hemp. The versatile crop that was used in industries ranging from food to fabric had been made illegal.
Currently, while realizing and reaping the innumerable benefits associated with hemp, more countries are legalizing the cultivation of cannabis. Hemp is now utilized as a primary manufacturing fiber to produce face masks aimed at replacing disposable plastic and cotton face masks extensively prevalent in the market.
In an analytic comparison of two popular natural fibers, there were both significant similarities and stark differences.
Comfort and Resilience
Most natural fibers are at odds, and it is no different when considering cotton and hemp.
Cotton is one of the most comfortable and commonly used fibers known to man. Cotton face masks made from cotton fibers get softer and more comfortable with each consecutive wash. However, the downside is that as cotton fibers become extremely soft, the fibers break down and the mask tends to feel ragged and worn out after a few washes.
Hemp, on the other hand, is as strong a fiber as natural cotton and possesses the propensity similar to cotton to become softer with each wash, naturally yielding comfort. However, the advantage of hemp is its endurance and tensile strength. Unlike cotton, hemp does not get damaged after each wash and that’s why hemp face masks are stronger, …