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The Unsung Hero; Hemp

The Unsung Hero; Hemp

A lot of people know about the wonders of hemp, but in reality, we aren’t envisioning how hemp can save the world. The fact of the matter is that we haven’t analyzed exactly how amazing hemp can be, mainly since it, along with cannabis, was placed on the Federal watchlist;  the Controlled Substance Act.

The Many Uses of Hemp

Firstly, we must come to realize that hemp is a highly versatile crop. An estimation of roughly 25,000 applications can be derived from this plant, including clothing, food, plastics, beauty products, and even fuel. Hemp has also been used to make houses. Yes, houses!

The product is known as hempcrete and is made simply from mixing hemp hurds (or “hemp shives”), lime binder, and water. In this article, we discuss the various uses of hemp-lime within construction. Hempcrete is an incredible material that is being used for both building and insulation purposes. This is because it is toxin-free, carbon-negative, breathable, and airtight. It is resistant to molds, pests, fungus and completely fireproof. All these properties make it a remarkable option to construct a building or a hemp house.

Unfortunately, hemp remains illegal because of its threat to the billionaires who control the industries mentioned above. In order to be completely independent of foreign oils, it is estimated that the US would only use roughly 6% of its landmass to grow the hemp required. Hemp is very bountiful, and it produces four times the amount of usable pulp for every acre of trees. In addition, hemp will crop out much faster than normal trees, meaning we could crop out hemp 2-3 times per year if grown properly!

Hemp Does Not Get You High

The illegality of hemp is absurd and outlandish. There is no real valid reason other than greed and ill-will that justifies it; seeing as hemp cannot get you high, it is physically distinctive from Marijuana and is legal in several other modern countries. The only reason it is illegal in the US is that it poses a threat to the Petrochemical Industry, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the Timber Industry, all of which are massive lobbies within the US government.

It is estimated that you would need to smoke a joint the size of a phone pole to get a slight buzz from hemp, which means it most definitely would not be used for recreational purposes.

Hemp is Industrial

People need to realize that by legalizing hemp you’ll not only legalize a brand new crop but rather the backbone of America. Farmers would be able to produce tons of hemp quite easily, without the need to use pesticides, of which thousands of specialized processing facilities would create millions of new jobs that will sustain the economy and lifestyle of America.

Let‘s look at some aspects of how Hemp can impact the world and bring life-changing effects.

Reduction of deforestation –

Paper can be produced from hemp plants in around 4-5 months, whereas trees can take 50-100 years to be ready. That’s at least 25 times faster to make paper! With the ability to grow super quickly, being acid-free, and even be recycled more than 7 times, the question remains: “Why are we not using Hemp already?”

Replacement for fuel as we know it –

Oil from hemp seeds can be used for biodiesel,  and the stalks can be used for methanol or ethanol. The great thing about using hemp as fuel is that it is biodegradable and even smells pleasant.

Clothing industry –

Hemp clothing is almost indestructible through wear and tear. Because of its natural properties, it functions as an insulator, cool in summer and warm in the winter. Keep it cozy! The more you use it, the softer it gets!

What about construction and building material? –

As mentioned earlier, hemp has been used in construction with hempcrete. The mixture is toxin-free, carbon-negative, breathable, and airtight. It is resistant to molds, pests, fungus and completely fireproof. All these properties make it a remarkable option to construct a building or a hemp house. It retains its natural strength when converted into hemp plastic and is biodegradable.

An advantage of Hemp for the farmer-

Hemp is excellent for soil restoration. The leaves can be converted into biofuel. Hemp fiber blankets are being used to help control erosion and weeds. The first few weeks of a hemp plant’s life require a good amount of water but once it passes its early development stage-about three weeks, it becomes one of the most drought-tolerant crops on the planet. It can be grown in almost any soil type, at any temperature, and without pesticides. Nothing of Hemp goes to waste. What can’t be consumed by humans can be fed to farm animals.

Nutrition and Hemp –

Hempseeds are one of the most complete nutritional foods on the planet. Hemp is high in potassium, magnesium, and almost every mineral and vitamin the body needs. It also has high amounts of Omega fatty acids and has about 25% protein.

It is not difficult to see that Hemp is the answer to the problem of the world. It sure is a plant to get excited about. The question is: when will governments and world organizations see that too?

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