Hemp is the world's most antibacterial textile star
When it comes to marijuana, many people are horrified: "can't you get poisoned wearing marijuana?" In fact, despite the intoxicating effects of marijuana, marijuana is a treasure when it is eliminated. There is a common international standard that cannabis varieties with less than 0.3% THC in plants are called industrial hemp, which has completely lost the use value of drugs.
But for textiles, hemp is invaluable. We've been growing marijuana for more than 5,000 years. This seniority is rich "old you tiao" still have another name, call "the 2nd skin of the human body", more somebody holds it on altar be regarded as "the king of natural fiber". You may not know it, but even the first American flag was sewn from industrial hemp.
The secret of hemp's antibacterial properties lies in its good genes. As a warrior against bacterial invasion, what's so great about cannabis fiber? Unlike the body's immune system, which sacrifices itself, hemp is often used as a defense against bacteria.
The hollow structure of hemp fiber is distributed with dense gaps and small holes, ready to absorb a large amount of oxygen at any time, so that anaerobic bacteria die without fighting. An airtight, damp, dark environment is often best suited to the taste of bacteria and is a perfect breeding ground for them.
Marijuana sprouts and seeds on a white background
The polygonal middle structure of the hemp fiber and the longitudinal cracks on its surface are its "shield" against moisture. Hemp fiber not only breathes and absorbs moisture, but also helps the human body to excrete sweat quickly. Some people have compared the hemp fiber and cotton fiber. Both the moisture absorption rate and the moisture release rate of hemp fiber are much higher than that of cotton fiber.
In addition to defense, hemp fiber has internal "assassin's mace" - fiber contained in the material can destroy the mold class of microbial life activities "phenolics," to "kill" mold, prevent mildew metabolism and physiological activities, structure destroy bacteria, eventually lead to the growth of microorganisms is inhibited, the success of "encirclement and suppression" mold.
Leg-hemp leaf socks
So which fungi and bacteria are cannabis fibres good at scaring? Can we handle tens of thousands of invading troops? The researchers found that hemp is the number one enemy of staphylococcus aureus, a strain that is more than 99 percent destroyed when it encounters hemp.
The bacteriostatic rates of candida albicans and e. coli also reached 99% and 96%. Studies have shown that if hemp fiber is added into cotton to form blended yarn, the higher the proportion of hemp fiber added, the better the sterilization effect. Take staphylococcus aureus for example. When the ratio of cotton to hemp reaches 55 to 45, it can inhibit staphylococcus aureus up to 99%. What if we reduce the proportion of cotton to zero? In short, pure hemp yarn. The results showed that the bacteriostasis rate was much higher than 99%.
99%! The number itself is the best slogan. For those who must often contact all kinds of pathogens, apparel made from hemp or mixed with hemp fiber cloth, to some extent, is also a kind of good disease prevention strategies, to our immune systems to intercept some unnecessary "invaders", like a hospital ward, health care workers wear masks against marauding virus bacteria.
Perhaps in the near future, it will be especially cool for medical staff to wear white coats and face masks made of hemp fiber. Bacteria may not look as grim as they do in the hospital, but we're still surrounded by countless little bad guys.
Can't believe there are so many bacteria around? Someone had pressed a fingerprint on a petri dish, put it in an incubator, and the fingermark was covered with a myriad of bizarre colonies. Yes, these are the bacteria that live on and around us. These include staphylococcus aureus, which can cause folliculitis and impetigo, streptococcus erysipelas, which can cause cellulitis, and trichomycosis, which can cause psoriasis and athlete's foot.
So, in order to prevent diseases caused by some fungi and bacteria and make marijuana better serve human beings (certainly not as a drug), many new hemp clothing fabrics have been developed in the market in recent years. Hemp shoes and socks made of hemp fiber, for example, are a welcome relief for sufferers who have been suffering from athlete's foot for years.
Beriberi this kind of persistent "small disease", want to perspire one much or encounter inappropriate shoe socks only, it is like the spring bamboo shoots after rain same come back, one cannot control. What makes beriberi so difficult, in our view, may be that we've never seen anything quite like the magic of hemp. After all, the "chemical antibacterial" socks we've seen on the market in the past are nothing compared to marijuana socks.