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The plant that will save the world

Hemp will save the world!

What is made from marijuana: things you did not know about.

Universal Ancient Solution

Hemp is a versatile fiber that is easy to grow. From food to textiles, fuels and fodder, its reputation as a "miracle harvest" has been well documented throughout history and has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years driven by global demand and the trend towards growing crops that require minimal chemical intervention.

Because it's fairly undemanding to climate, soil, and the usual considerations that traditional farming takes into account, it's easily one of the most beneficial plants in the world and could very well be the solution to many of the problems facing the planet. With the recent lifting of legal restrictions and a general relaxation of the stigma associated with growing hemp or other cannabis strains, the way is finally being cleared for the mass adoption of cannabis for various uses.

The superiority of hemp as a raw material
Among its many uses, hemp is a raw material with clear advantages over its more commercial counterparts. In terms of yield alone, hemp produces two to three times more fiber than cotton and is not susceptible to the same diseases. For example, cotton requires a huge amount of herbicides and pesticides to ripen, as well as three times more water than hemp. Cotton also requires a temperate climate, which hemp does not.

In fact, hemp easily adapts to poor soil and will grow almost anywhere in the world, without fertilizers, pesticides or toxic chemicals. When finished, it is softer and more durable than cotton, and will last more than twice as long when produced as a textile or fiber.

It also doesn't rot. The fact that it is not susceptible to mold and mildew makes it a great choice for children's clothing, and for those with sensitive skin or skin allergies, it can be a lifesaver. Its use in textiles dates back to 8,000 BC, and for use in durable workwear as well as high fashion, it seems like a simple solution to many of the world's problems.

As a substitute for paper and even wood fiber, hemp is unmatched. An acre of hemp can produce the equivalent of up to four acres of trees that are commonly harvested for paper products.

By switching our dependence on trees to hemp, we can effectively reduce or even eliminate the devastating effects of deforestation, arguably one of the biggest drivers of global warming. While the tree takes several years to mature, hemp can be harvested in as little as one hundred and twenty days.

In some climates, it can even produce two full crops a year. Proven to be far superior to wood-derived paper, its strength as a fibreboard compared to wood is well-documented in the construction industry, where it is also known as an environmentally friendly alternative in green building practices. It requires minimal toxic chemical treatment during processing and can be stored for hundreds of years without signs of decomposition, making it cost-effective and environmentally friendly without sacrificing quality.

In addition to being a great substitute for wood fiber, hemp is an excellent plastic substitute, providing an environmentally friendly and durable alternative to composite plastic, thereby reducing our dependence on harmful petroleum-based materials.

Solving today's problems

The potential of cannabis is ready for widespread use, and in some parts of the world it can literally mean the difference between life and death. Land that was considered barren, dead, or uncultivable can easily grow hemp. In fact, hemp can thrive in places where nothing else grows. With a minimum of skill, people can be taught to grow and produce hemp products to feed, house, and clothe the entire population.

Hemp is also a nutrient-rich superfood, its seeds contain nearly 25% protein and are also an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. From this point of view, it can eradicate hunger and malnutrition in much of the world. It can be brewed into tea, fermented into drinks such as beer, or distilled into spirits, and like other nuts and seeds, it can also be made into "milk" which can then be consumed as a beverage, used in baking, or other types, cooking.

Although the North American market is largely untapped, hemp oil can be processed into bio-diesel or burnable ethanol, in much the same way that corn is used to make fuel. It has also been shown to be a powerful phytoremediation agent, as it has been used to eliminate the effects of nuclear disasters, as well as other earth diseases, including heavy metal pollution. With such remarkable potential to create life-sustaining solutions, it is surprising that its properties are not yet part of a larger plan to heal a planet in crisis.

Turning the world around is a very real possibility, and with some focused planning, a sustainable future can be secured for some of the planet's most vulnerable sectors.

THC and the law

The commercialization of cannabis has been largely hampered by the presence of the psycho-active compound THC, a component of the cannabis plant that produces a euphoric effect when smoked or ingested (read more: All About Cannabinoids). Although industrial hemp has a very low concentration of THC, its presence prevents it from being used in many commercial food products and, as such, poses some regulatory problems.

A combination of prohibition-era attitudes and outdated laws has prevented its widespread cultivation, especially in the Western world, and while it remains legal for sale and import in the United States, American farmers are not yet allowed to grow it. Until these views change, the movement towards mass cannabis production will be an uphill battle. For now, this remains the domain of activists and lobbyists, whose passionate defense seems to be gaining momentum and momentum with each passing day.

As long as the DEA considers cannabis a drug, these laws will remain in place, but as more and more countries make it legal to produce, sell, use, and possess, we are getting closer to the day we finally see the shift. Revolutionary? Maybe. In its most elemental form, cannabis may well be a vital ingredient in the rebirth of the world as we know it. With a little education, information, and more voices joining in with common sense, there's a chance we'll see this change in our lives.

  • The plant that will save the world