Exploring The Environmental Benefits Of Hemp

The Environmental Benefits Of Hemp

The Environmental Benefits Of Hemp

A commonly believed misconception is that hemp and psychoactive cannabis is the same thing. Whilst they come from the same family of plants, hemp (known also as Cannabis Sativa) doesn’t carry more than a minuscule trace of the THC which makes you ‘high’.

Despite carrying no recreational value, hemp has long been a widely used and highly prized commodity. Originating in Asia and then slowly spreading towards Europe, even today hemp is widely used as a key component of rope, paper, canvas, and textile industries.

It also happens to be extremely nutritious – especially the seeds – which explains why it’s increasingly found in food supplements and beauty products.

The best news of all for the hemp plant is that governments and lawmakers are starting to understand the potential health benefits that this ‘super plant’ has to offer, alongside the long-established industrial applications.

So what are the top ten advantages that hemp may offer the environment? Let’s take a look.

1) It Can Help To Lessen Deforestation

Paper Made From Hemp

The different types of paper which can be made from the hemp plant.

Rather astonishingly, a single acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four acres of timber!

If this application was more widespread, it stands to reason that this would considerably reduce rates of deforestation – which we all know is one of the key environmental issues of modern times.

You should expect to see plenty more paper derived from hemp in the very near future.

2) It’s A Naturally Resilient Plant

One of the most amazing characteristics of hemp is that it is the epitome of an abundant crop.

It will grow practically anywhere, requires next to no attention, and best of all is of little interest to the vast majority of insects. This means that it also needs very little in the way of herbicides and pesticides.

Both timber and cotton are far more limited crops on where they can grow and their tastiness to pests.

3) Widespread Growing Would Assist The Environment

Hemp is thought to be around four times more effective than trees when it comes to removing/absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Consider also that plants grow fast and strong – a fully grown hemp plant can be delivered in just three months compared to many years if not decades for trees.

Hemp also has been proven to help reduce soil pollution and even radioactivity.

4) It’s Highly Recyclable

Returning to hemp paper, it’s at least twice as efficient to recycle compared to traditional timber varieties.

Research suggests that this efficiency can be increased even further by the addition of particular strains of hemp plant pulp.

5) It’s Extremely Nutritious

Food products made out of hemp

Ingredients derived from hemp, in particular the seeds, are being used in foods such as those offered by Good Hemp.

We mentioned during the introduction that slowly hemp products are becoming more widespread thanks to their potential health-boosting properties.

Usually the seeds – packed full of essential minerals and vitamins – are what most people consume, added to the likes of granola and smoothies.

They are especially good for vegetarians thanks to being an extremely good source of plant-based protein and essential OMEGA oils.

The increasing popularity of CBD supplements – especially full spectrum varieties – stems from the inherent healthiness of the hemp plant as a food source.

6) The Ultimate Biomass Fuel?

Thanks in no small part for being so easy and cheap to grow, the biomass energy sector is increasingly looking towards hemp for the next generation of energy sources.

Even better, hemp produces only about half of the CO2 associated with other plants. Expect to see hemp biofuel and diesel become much more widespread in the coming decades.

7) Biodegradable Plastics

Considering that the world is currently facing a non-renewable plastics crisis that is polluting seas and cities alike, it seems crazy that hemp plastic is not already in more widespread use.

Hemp plastics are crucially biodegradable and just as practical and affordable to manufacture as the ‘real thing’.

8) Outstanding For Clothing & Textiles

Cushions entirely made out of hemp

These cushions for example have been made from 100% hemp fabric.

Hemp has long been used in the manufacture of garments and other textile products.

Thanks to being ten times stronger than cotton, providing superior insulation while also enjoying better breathability in warmer climates, it’s easy to see why.

Also being much more fire resistant, it’s a wonderful all-rounder for any textile use.

9) Widely Used By The Pet Care Industry

One industry which is enjoying a hemp fuelled boom is pet care.

Not only is hemp an ethically sound and highly nutritious form of pet food, but even when it comes to pet beds they are superior to old style cotton. This is primarily thanks to hemp being naturally able to absorb dust and skin particles, allowing for a cleaner environment for both yourself and your pet.

Obviously, there’s the additional advantage of being extremely durable!

10) Superb For Cosmetics

The beauty industry has really caught on to the wonders of hemp in recent years – and it’s simple to see why. Natural hemp extracts contain all 21 of the essential amino acids to maintain healthy skin – something no other cosmetic ingredient can offer.

It is already widely used in skin balms and lotions, with the market expanding further into soaps, foams, and shaving creams too.