With references dating back to ancient China and Mesopotamia, humans have known about the abundant medicinal and industrial properties of hemp for thousands of years. Harvested for its fibers, seed, and oil it was used for everything from medicine to fuel to food to rope to paper.
In the 1700s, farmers in America were even legally required to grow it as a staple crop. Many of our founding fathers including Thomas Jefferson and John Adams grew hemp and advocated its uses and benefits. Benjamin Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper and the first American flags were made of hemp. On July 4, 2013 the flag that flew over the capital was made of hemp.
Now thanks to legalization thehemp industry is booming once again, and research reveals this ‘miracle plant’ is even more powerful than first thought.
The power of hemp to heal the soil and clean up the planet
Whether it’s an oil spill or a nuclear reactor meltdown, ecological disasters caused by human activity is causing problems on an alarming scale, and the poisoning of the oceans to toxic soil, the effects on our food supply is frightening.
Hemp has emerged as one the most effective solutions to clean contaminated soil through a process called‘phytoremediation’. (’Phyto’ is the Greek word for plant.)
How powerful is it? Well, In 1998 hemp was used to clean contaminated soil near the Chernobyl nuclear site in the Ukraine. Then, In 2001 German researchers were able to show that hemp removes lead, cadmium, and nickel from soil.
The EPA estimates there are more than 30,000 sits that require hazardous waste treatmentand current cleanup methods offer no real solution to the environmental impact of toxic metal contamination.
That means there is a growing need for effective, affordable, nonpolluting alternatives to clean up the environment, and that is another thing that makes hemp so exciting.
Hemp products are 100% biodegradable.
Hemp grows quickly and it’s hyper-effective at scrubbing large amounts of CO2 from the air we breathe.
In fact, It can be used to make plastic, clothes, rope, fuel, insulation and other non-toxic building materials like bricks that are said to be stronger than concrete.
As you can see, the list of benefits and uses for hemp is long and continues to grow as research continues.
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