Many people have discovered the amazing healing power of hemp for many conditions and ailments. Hemp products are capable of supporting mood imbalances, sleep disturbances, inflammation, pain, cognitive issues and immune functions (to name a few) . Hemp contains cannabinoids which fuel a physiological system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS has a primary goal of creating internal balance, or homeostasis, of many functions. Just when it seems like there isn’t much more that hemp can do, it can help heal the environment. With global warming and pollution as major issues we face today, we need to find every avenue on protecting our planet.
Hemp is a hardy crop that is capable of growing in lower quality conditions in comparison to crops like wheat or corn. It can be planted in the same soil for several years while still producing a substantial yield. There are no registered pesticides for hemp in the United States and crop rotation is the way that farmers prevent disease and pests from infecting their plants.
Cleaning Soil and Water
Hemp is being used in a process called “bioremediation.” Bioremediation is using living plants to clean up water and soil in contaminated areas. The hemp plant will draw in things like toxins, oil, metals, radioactive material, chemicals and pesticides. These contaminants become trapped in the plant after being removed from the water or soil source. There is currently hemp planted near Chernobyl to remove nuclear waste from the area.
Reducing Carbon Dioxide
The hemp plant is now being recognized for its carbon dioxide uptake capabilities.Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas that is responsible for warming the temperature on Earth to life sustaining standards. Unfortunately, there is an excess of this gas in the atmosphere and it is contributing to global warming. Hemp Global Solutions estimates that for every ton of hemp grown, 1.63 tons of carbon dioxide is absorbed.
Trees are cut down to make paper, building materials, furniture and a variety of other products. An estimated 3.5 to 7 billion trees are cut down each year according to the Rainforest Action Network. Many forest are cleared out for farming land, roads and business or residential developments which destroy ecosystems. Trees also play a critical role in preventing the build up of greenhouse gases. Hemp can be converted into many of the same products as wood and won’t displace native plants and animals.
Recyclable, Reusable and Biodegradable
Products made from hemp are a much safer environmental alternative than current ones. Most hemp products can by recycled or reused, while being biodegradable. For example, plastic will not biodegrade and it is a major component of landfills. Too often, plastic winds up in the environment and food chain, which poses a threat to animals and humans. Hemp cellulose can be used to make a variety of plastic products. Hemp cellulose is used in “composite bioplastics” with other plant sources which create strong and sturdy products.
85% of energy consumed today comes from fossil fuels, which are a non-renewable source as they take millions of years to produce. When fossil fuels are burnt, they release toxins into the air which contribute to global warming, acid rain and air and water pollution. Hemp provides an alternative to fossils fuels as it can be turned into a biofuel. Biofuels are defined as fuels directly derived from living matter. Both biodiesel and ethanol have been created from the hemp plant. Biodiesel can be used to fuel any diesel vehicle when processed properly. Ethanol is an additive used in gas to fuel non-diesel vehicles. Even contaminated hemp can be converted into a fuel source.