WILL HEMP SAVE THE WORLD?
Hemp is the only plant that can nourish you, clothe you, provide a roof over your head and heal you. They can be used in a million different ways – dietary supplements, medications, fiber for clothes, thermal insulation materials or hemp concrete. Nobody can deny that. But how can cannabis save our planet?
Our dependence on plastics, colloquially known as plastic, has a devastating effect on the planet. Fortunately, we are aware of this, and we are starting to use substitutes more and more often by using reusable food bags, portable metal straws, and replacing plastic cups and cutlery with wooden ones. What if we started using hemp plastic?
Hemp is a much better source for the production of plastics as it contains about 65-70% cellulose. Hemp plastic (link to the plastic article) is an inexpensive and natural material that beats the competition in terms of properties such as high stiffness and high heat tolerance. It is incredibly strong and can even be used to build houses and cars. Additionally, it decomposes within a few months.
Hemp plantations are also more productive than cotton plantations. To obtain 1 kg of fiber, approximately 9,123 acres of cotton are needed, while hemp requires 2,124 acres. Additionally, cotton production contributes to water scarcity and groundwater pollution caused by the use of chemicals and pesticides.
Hemp does not need pesticides
Hemp can be grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. They are in the top five of the 23 environmentally friendly crops, outperforming all major crops such as wheat, maize and rapeseed.
Hemp and soil regeneration
Hemp removes harmful chemicals and pollutants, in short – hemp detoxifies the soil. In addition, the stem and leaves, which are full of nutrients, replenish the soil with valuable nutrients by decomposing in the soil.
Increased oxygen production
Hemp breathes four times more carbon dioxide than trees. One hectare of industrial hemp can absorb up to 15 tonnes of CO2, while the use of agricultural land alone emits around 3 tonnes per hectare. The rapid development of hemp makes it one of the fastest tools available to convert CO2 into biomass, more efficient than forestry.
It is predicted that by 2030 as much as 55% of rainforests may disappear. Trees are not only a source of boards and building materials, they are primarily paper. In both cases, however, you can replace the trees with hemp. One hectare of hemp produces as much paper pulp as four hectares of forest. Hemp, as annual plants, provide raw material for up to a year, in addition, mowing them does not harm the environment, as it is caused by deforestation. And let’s not forget, hemp paper can be produced without releasing harmful dioxins and is more durable than wood paper.
Remember, hemp is not only CBD oils. You just want to use them!