7 Reasons Why Hemp is Sustainable!



Hemp is the sustainable plant of the future! It’s Marijuana’s serious cousin, that’s making a serious comeback. Growing Hemp is officially legal in the USA again (yep, I said again- wait for it) thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018. It has so many uses that I’m being totally serious when I say it’s the sustainable plant of the future! Here are 7 reasons to back-up that statement!


Fabric

Hemp fabric has been around for thousands of years. It’s way more conservative than cotton and here’s why. Hemp naturally needs very little pesticide and no herbicides. It grows super close together keeping weeds out. In fact it’s nickname “weed” has to do with the fact that it grows super fast, with harvests possibly up to four times a year. It also uses less water and less area (growing close together). Cotton on the other hand is “dirty” because so much pesticide is used on it. It also uses lots of land area and it's a major water-hog. See my post about cotton here.


Bio-plastics

Hemp can be used in plant based plastics known as bio-plastics. Bio-plastics are compostable. I own a phone case made from bio-plastic and its pretty cool.


Paper

Did you know the Gutenberg Bible and The Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper?! Hemp paper was such a necessary commodity in the colonies that in 1619 Virginia passed a law requiring colonists to grown hemp. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. They would’ve used it for paper, rope, fabric, and medicine. Hemp’s got a deep past here in the U.S.. Hemp paper uses hydrogen peroxide (safer for the environment) to whiten instead of chlorine bleach (toxic for the environment), which is used in tree paper. It saves trees too!


Fiber-grass

Hemp stalks can be used to make a super durable replacement for fiberglass. It’s actually used in BMW’s electric i3 car. Henry Ford even used in a prototype way back in the day! Because fiber-grass is so lightweight and strong it’s a great choice for a car. Imagine how much more fuel efficient it would be in a gas car!


Hemp-crete

Hemp can be used to make an alternative concrete. It is durable, absorbs carbon dioxide, and is an amazing insulator. It’s an eco-friendly alternative that would certainly help lower heating and cooling costs in homes and businesses.


Phytoremediator

Hemp is a phytoremediator, this means it’s a plant used to remove toxins from soil. It’s like a toxic vacuum cleaner for soil. Cadmium is one heavy metal it’s been shown to remove. Hemp that’s used to remediate soil can then be used for biofuel but never for medicine.


Medicine

Our bodies have a chemical communication system called the Endocannabinoid System. It was discovered during the 1990's. It has a pretty big effect of how we think and feel throughout the day. Within the system are receptors for cannabinoids. Our body makes cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) but we can also receive them from plants (phytocannabinoids). Guess what plants contain cannabinoids…. Wait for it… you guessed it… Cannabinoids! Marijuana and hemp both have them. There are lots of different cannabinoids, two of the most talked about are THC and CDB. THC is the one that gets you “high”, CDB doesn’t get you “high”, both have medicinal effects. Suggested uses for CBD are anxiety, inflammation, sleeplessness. Our bodies were created to make and receive cannabinoids, and that’s no accident!


I’ve chosen to partner with a ground floor company called Green Compass. GC is producing organic, American grown CDB oil in North Carolina. If you’d like to try CDB oil visit my website or drop me a line - lydia@lydialovespurple.com. I’m happy to answer any and all questions and guide you in CDB journey!




Sources and Further Reading

https://www.projectcbd.org/science/endocannabinoid-system-0

https://www.ojaienergetics.com/2016/08/04/hemp-cleans-soil-air-beware/

https://www.activesustainability.com/environment/what-are-bioplastics/

http://headsup.scholastic.com/students/endocannabinoid

https://lydiaroper.greencompassglobal.com/The-Science/?mitem=28279