As if we needed any More Reasons to Love Cannabis; hemp may be the answer to the question; "How can we be more sustainable?"
Although it’s in the same family as marijuana, hemp is a harvest crop that doesn’t produce a psychoactive effects, that make you feel "high." This resilient plant can serve more than 2,500 purposes and it’s inherently sustainable, allowing us to overcome many of the hurdles associated with mass farming and manufacturing.
We now live in a modern, consumerist and largely urban existence throughout the developed world and we consume a lot of natural resources every day, There is a finite amount of natural resources available on our planet; so, it’s important to manage them carefully to ensure our survival as a species.
Sustainability is the study of how natural systems function, remain diverse and produce everything it needs for the ecology to remain in balance. It also acknowledges that human civilization takes resources to sustain our modern way of life. There are countless examples throughout human history where a civilization has damaged its own environment*, sustainability takes into account how we might live in harmony with the natural world around us, protecting it from damage and destruction.
For centuries, hemp has been used by dozens of different civilizations to produce fabrics and other goods. It has a fibrous material that’s similar to jute; plant or fiber used to make burlap, and can be transformed into a variety of different products. It also has natural compounds called cannabinoids which can be used to make oils and other powerful supplements known on the market as CBD.
Hemp also poses a much more sustainable alternative to cotton and other traditional crops by Restoring Soil Nutrients; mass farming and careless agricultural practices can extract nutrients from the soil, leaving the soil unable to replenish itself, leading to soil degradation. Hemp is sustainable because it returns a significant amount of nutrients to the soil keeping farm land healthier for a longer periods of time. Hemp also produces higher yields in smaller spaces and uses 1/3 less water than traditional crops, this can reduce strain on natural resources, lessen economic burden for farmers and is one of the ways hemp combats Deforestation. In addition to utilizing smaller spaces for larger yields, hemp can be used to manufacture paper, stronger than our standard paper derived from trees.
But Hemp isn't just limited to paper, it can produce a wide array of products from construction materials to soap because All Parts of Hemp Can be Used From Seed to Stem. If you reading this you are probably familiar with the oils that hemp can produce but hemp can also be used to make soaps, biofuel even concrete; also known as "hempcrete," and other building materials which can significantly reduce your homes carbon emissions.
By implementing hemp as a means for sustainable farming and industrial techniques, we can help tackle these challenges and secure a better future for generations to come.
Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!
Jared Diamond explores in his book Collapse: How Complex Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
What Is Sustainability and Why Is It Important? | Environmental Science. http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm