Happy Earth Day y’all!
Curious about how cannabis itself can uplift our planet’s well-being?
Check out some of these ways this plant can make a positive difference, not just on Earth Day, but far into the future.
Hemp Provides Sustainable, Alternative Goods
- From textiles and paper to housing, food and fuel, there are so many uses for hemp that could completely change how everyday items are produced and consumed forever. Hemp is easy to grow, freshly legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill and best of all, it’s a zero-waste plant: Everything from the seeds that can be eaten or used in wellness products to the stalks that can be converted into hempcrete, a building material which can be used to construct ecologically-friendly houses.
Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation Can Help Reverse Climate Change
- There are ways to mindfully grow cannabis that can actually help the environment. Some farms utilize a carbon sequestration model and it makes a major difference. The plants capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to help mitigate or defer global warming and reduce the consequences of climate change. Carbon sequestration occurs naturally with trees and plants, but intentionally using cannabis as tool to improve the planet might just be a game-changer.
Legal Grows Help Save Energy and Water
- In states where cultivators can’t grow cannabis legally, they are forced to use clandestine methods that can cause major environmental damage. This fallout may include severe water depletion, massive carbon emissions and overall energy waste. Legalization would have a significant impact on reducing the number of illegal grows that hurt and drain the planet’s resources.
Hemp Can Revive Damaged Soil
- Hemp can replenish the nutrients in soil through a process called bioremediation, which cleans up environmental pollutants and toxins. This means the plant can be used to help reverse previous damage — a property that could majorly impact on the future of farming and cultivation. It’s even been referred to as a “miracle crop” due to its clear contaminated soil of things like metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil and other hazardous materials.
- Have you seen the movie Chernobyl? They used hemp to clean up the waste!
Hemp Can Help Stop Untimely Deforestation
- The permanent destruction of forests in order to make paper products or building materials has caused irreparable harm to the trees on the planet. Hemp not only grows much faster than trees, it also takes much less hemp to produce the same amount of goods, which makes it an excellent raw alternative for both wood and paper.