Mary Jane's quasi-legal cousin, industrial hemp, has a million uses. It's also environmentally favorable. According to the San Francisco-based Hemp Industries Association, hemp requires no pesticides, produces oxygen and can be used to create eco-friendly alternatives to toxic petrochemical products, such as plastic.
What better way to start the day than with a bowl of Nature's Best Organic Hemp Plus Granola cereal? The helpful Hemp 101, printed on the back of box by dietician Tamara Schryver, points out that the shelled hemp seeds that sit atop the Rice Krispies-like flakes won't get you high, but will instead provide you with a highly nutritious meal. Tasty, too. $2.49. Available at Whole Foods. For locations, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
Simple Shoes at Capital Hemp
While it may make the Justice Department a little twitchy, an entire store right here in Washington, Capitol Hemp, 1802 Adams Mill Road NW, sells hemp clothing and accessories -- plus paper, soaps, and more. Check out the hemp shoes: the Snow Tire by Simple for $60 (pictured) and the Ecos by Simple for $75. The soles are made from recycled tires, while the insole of each shoe comes from recycled carpet padding. Call 202-332-8191 or visit www.capitolhemp.com.
A Slippery Soap
Dr. Bronner's Magic Pure Castile Classic Soap
Dr. Bronner's Magic Pure Castile Classic Soaps, available as bars or liquid soap, mix organic, extra-virgin oils of coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp to give you a clean, yet gentle, wash. The all-purpose biodegradable and vegetarian liquid soaps sport a wide variety of scents, from rose to citrus to the popular peppermint. Each scent promises to leave a ''velvety-lather'' on your skin. $14.49 for a 32-oz. bottle. Available at Capitol Hemp, 1802 Adams Mill Road NW, in Adams Morgan. Call 202-332-8191 or visit www.capitolhemp.com.