The Sustainable Potential of Hemp + Product Review
There are several things that make hemp hot in the environment: First, it is a hardy plant that can grow in a variety of environments and conditions. Although it thrives in warm, humid climates, it can also survive in colder areas. It also grows quickly; some forms are ready for collection already 60 days after planting.
In a relatively short period of time, hemp develops a powerful, deep root system. Equipped with this underground network, the plant really effectively absorbs toxins and heavy metals from the surrounding soil, which is why it is called a bioremediator.
After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, hemp began to be planted to help clean up the area around the nuclear site, and recent studies confirm its ability to absorb and retain environmental pollution, as cadmium1 and selenium2.
In addition to filtering toxins, the fast-growing crop can help improve the quality of degraded soil, making it a promising option for land restoration and regenerative agriculture projects. In the future, it can be planted alongside other bioremediators such as sunflower, poplar and mustard to restore farmland degraded by industrial agriculture and make it suitable for cultivation again.
While cleaning the earth, hemp also filters the air and absorbs large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. This crop’s ability to absorb carbon rivals that of plants and trees, which are much larger and require more resources to grow.
A final point in favor of hemp is that it can be turned into many different products. Although hemp grown to absorb heavy metals is more difficult to sell, purer strains can be turned into consumer products such as food, clothing, building products, paper and sedative supplements.*
As a cannabis grower, Gavin Stonehouse tells us Perekotifield“If you can clean up the environment and still have a commercial product, you’re killing two birds with one stone.”