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Environmental and Health Benefits of Hemp

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

You may be interested or concerned about the sweeping legalization of medical and recreational marijuana across the United States. Regardless of your stand however, there seem to be many good reasons this change in the law is taking place. Namely, medical advantages for a long list of ailments; decriminalization which will ease unnecessary incarceration overpopulation; reducing minority targeting; and lowering crime and violence associated with street sales as well as alcohol related incidents.

Legalization of marijuana also opens a whole new industry of the non-psychoactive applications of hemp. Hemp comes from the male marijuana plant which contains such a minuscule amount of the mind-altering causing substance THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) there is no effect on the user other than, possibly, some dizziness but this is rare. Hemp can yield CBD (cannabidiol - “canna-bi-die-all”) oil which offers many health benefits that include acting as a natural analgesic (pain reliever), insomnia alleviator, and anxiety reducer to name a few. There are also the many implementations of hemp for the textile, clothing, home improvement and even food industries that are much more environmentally friendly than synthetic applications.

Learn a little about the environmental and health benefits of hemp and how using it just may enhance your life as well as your planet all at once.

Past Progress Catches Up

Many ancient cultures embraced the variety of uses of hemp and marijuana. American founding fathers were hemp farm owners; the printed version of the Declaration of Independence was on hemp paper; and Betsy Ross’ American flag design was weaved with hemp thread. Then politics and power took over in the 1930s. Marijuana was fear mongered to the people hook-line-and-sinker making it officially a schedule one drug right alongside heroin and cocaine. As a result, the beneficial uses of hemp became illegal as well and the toxic, chemical industrial complex took over instead.

We have been paying in crime and environmental loss ever since.

Now, times are changing and past progress of marijuana, especially hemp, have come to light. In 2017 the Huffington Post reported,

“Twenty-three states have now enacted pro-industrial hemp legislation [], making the cousin crop to marijuana a national phenomenon. Since the beginning of the year, more than 70 bills related to hemp have been introduced in more than half of the country’s states. Passage of the recent Farm Bill, which legalized the crop for research purposes, further cleared the way for industrial hemp production.”

From energy efficiency to health benefits, hemp is a win-win.

Another Earth Friendly Fix

Marijuana got one of its street names, weed, for a reason. It can literally grow anywhere just like a weed. This makes it one of the most sustainable plants right alongside bamboo (which is actually a grass).

According to McGill University’s Ecological Agricultural Projects (EAP) some notable environmental benefits of utilizing mass production of hemp include:

  • Creates no residual sulphur or ash during combustion.
  • Is still compostable and biodegradable when manufactured
  • Would not result in any net CO2 being added to the atmosphere.
  • Hemp requires no herbicide, fungicide or insecticide applications.
  • Hemp cloth is stronger, more durable, warmer and more absorbent than cotton.
  • Hemp paper has recycle use 7 to 8 times, compared with 3 times for wood pulp paper.
  • Can provide all of our gas, oil and coal energy needs and end dependency on fossil fuels.
  • An acre of hemp produces as much pulp for paper as 4 acres of trees over a 20 year period.

CBD Oil Health Benefits

From hemp, CBD oil has also been used for centuries. This ‘health elixir’ almost sounds too good to be true, yet with the wave of CBD oil taking over many storefronts, positive observational reports are poring in. Ways2GoGreen reports on some study proven health benefits of CBD oil including:

  • Calms pain
  • Reduces seizures
  • Improves anxiety
  • High in antioxidants
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Alleviate asthmatic symptoms
  • Been used to decrease pain and nausea in cancer patients
  • Has shown promise of containing cancer-fighting properties

 

These environmental and health benefits of hemp are staggering, yet the oil, gas, lumber, textile and many other conventional industries will be slow to change if you don’t. Support hemp products and Big Corp will get the message. Hopefully the future holds more use of everyday products and foods made from sustainable sources such as hemp.


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