At this point, you must’ve heard all about the potential benefits of Cannabis (hemp in particular) in people’s health. But what if we could also use this plant to help fight climate change?
Even if you’re not interested in consuming this plant, you might be interested in how we can start taking advantage of its properties in other ways.
Marijuana, Cannabis or Hemp? What is what?
The first thing is knowing what we’re referring to when we use the word Cannabis. And no, we don’t necessarily mean weed.
Cannabis refers to a group of plants from the Cannabaceae family. It is constituted of at least 120 components.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most popular components of this plant.
THC is a substance that contains psychoactive properties, and it produces the “high”. CBD is the less problematic sibling, used by many because of its nonpsychoactive but also healing properties.
CBD products derived from hemp are increasing in popularity because of their potential benefits in the treatment of chronic pain, mental illness, epilepsy, etc.
Hemp and marijuana are part of the same species of plants, the cannabis plant. What differentiates them is their levels of THC.
A cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% of THC is considered Hemp. If the levels of THC are higher, it’s marijuana and can get you high. For this article, we’ll be using the terms Cannabis and Hemp interchangeably.
Let’s find out how to use this plant to fight climate change.
1. Building houses made of Cannabis
There’s research suggesting that hemp can capture two times more carbon dioxide from the air than a forest. This made Cannabis a great choice if you’re looking to sequester carbon.
Cannabis houses are a very fascinating way to help the environment. These buildings use materials- like building blocks- made out of hemp.
Building materials made out of hemp are sustainable, heat-resistant, humidity-free, breathable, mould resistant, insulator, and even pest resistant.
Hemp materials used in a building can absorb carbon dioxide for years and eventually these houses could become carbon negative.
2. Hemp seeds as an alternative source of protein
Hemp seeds are regarded by many as superfoods. They are rich in protein, fibre, healthy fatty acids, and other vitamins and minerals.
As a substitute for animal protein, hemp has the potential to reduce gas emissions from the agriculture industry by providing an alternative to meat.
Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein. In every two tablespoons of seeds or 20g, there are around 6.31g of protein.
3. Manufacturing more Cannabis products
Many industrial products can be manufactured using hemp.
As an alternative, hemp can help reduce waste and fight the pollution to water, air, and land caused by textile manufacturing byproducts and synthetic microparticles.
Products that can be produced from hemp include clothing and fabrics, plastics, paper, beauty products, etc.
4. Simply by planting more
Soil erosion decreases the earth’s capacity to fight global warming.
According to the Rodale Institute Hemp can enhance “soil health by shading out weeds—reducing the need for synthetic herbicides—and adding diversity to crop rotations, improving soil health.”
All of this means hemp can actually help fight soil erosion and regenerate agriculture. Farmers can cultivate hemp in between their crops to help maintain healthy land.
Going deeper into this substance shows us that the potential benefits and uses of cannabis are every day more exciting.
Hemp can be an alternative to fight climate change in many different ways. Whether you use it to build your dream home, as a supplement or as a pair of jeans, chances are you are helping the planet and yourself, at least a little bit.
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