THE BENEFITS OF HEMP: How we can use it today.
CBD OIL: A KEY TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments including pain, anxiety and depression, cancer symptoms, acne, sleep disorders, heart health, and diabetes prevention just to name a few.
The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response.
The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation.
HEMP SEEDS ARE
Hemp seeds contain almost as much protein as soybeans. In every 30 grams of hemp seeds, or about a tablespoon, there are 9.46 g of protein. A complete protein – hemp seeds supply the body with amino acids, vitamins, and much more! It has also been shown to protect the brain, boost heart health, reduce inflammation, relieve pain and rheumatoid arthritis.
In addition, hemp seeds can also produce two vital food products – oil and flour. So not only is hemp nutritionally rich in nutrients but also versatile. Cultivating hemp as a staple crop could not only feed but nourish the vast number of people who are hungry and suffer from malnutrition.
Health benefits are only the tip of the iceberg.
Hemp cultivation dates back more than 10,000 years and hemp has been utilized for hundreds of products from food to fiber.
Hemp has the power to transform the environment and strengthen local economies while having a positive impact on the environment for the future of our children.
Hemp restores air, water and soil.
Hemp is also environmentally regenerative.
HEMP GROWS IN ALMOST ANY ENVIRONMENT
Imagine if there was a crop that could be cultivated almost anywhere in the world and could produce over 25,000 products. Better yet, this crop could mature within months and keep producing for years to come. That crop is industrial HEMP. Hemp is an incredibly durable plant and it can survive almost anywhere.
From California to Florida, a unique benefit of hemp is that it can grow in a broad range of climate types, which means hemp has the potential to be sourced locally.
HEMP SUPPORTS SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Farmers who practice sustainable farming techniques know the importance of rotating crops by season. Not only does this keep the soil nutrient-rich, it also increases the overall yield.
Hemp is an ideal plant for crop rotation. It enriches the soil while also removing toxins and hemp can reverse the effects of soil compaction and erosion. Growing hemp helps keep the soil healthy for years to come.
HEMP REDUCES CARBON IN THE AIR
HEMP sucks the CO2 out of the atmosphere through phytoremediation capturing up to 20 tons of CO2 per acre- and releases oxygen back into the air reversing the effects of global warming.
Hemp also produces more biomass than any other plant that can be grown in the U.S. This biomass can be converted to fuel in the form of clean-burning alcohol, or no-sulphur man-made coal. Hemp has more potential as a clean and renewable energy source than any crop on earth! It is estimated that if hemp was widely grown in the U.S. for fuel/energy, it could supply 100% of all U.S. energy needs!
HEMP ABSORBS TOXIC METALS and REDUCES OUR EXPOSURE TO POLLUTION
Man-made waste has contaminated the soil across the globe. The health of the planet as well as our own personal health is at risk and the need for change is urgent. Hemp is so effective at absorbing toxic materials, it has even been considered for removing radiation from Fukushima.
Hemp is naturally resistant to pests so it doesn’t require herbicides or pesticides. By replacing less hardy plants with hemp, we can significantly reduce our exposure to unnecessary toxins and pollutants.
HEMP IS BIO-DEGRADABLE
Humans buy about 1 MILLION plastic bottles per minute in total! Americans used over 50 billion plastic water bottles in 2018. Even more crazy is that plastic water bottles can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Sadly, only 2 percent of plastic bottles are recycled within the US.
The basic building blocks of plastics are cellulose derived from highly toxic petroleum. Hemp on the other hand happens to be the greatest cellulose producer on earth. The most amazing news is that It also happens to be biodegradable!
HEMP OIL IS A RENEWABLE BIOFUEL
Biodiesel is produced by the pressing of hemp seeds to extract their oils & fats. After the extraction, the product is then put through more steps to make it into a usable hemp biofuel for your car.
If processed correctly, biodiesel can be put into any diesel-powered automobile. It can be stored and transported like diesel, so there isn’t a need to create a new system for transportation.
HEMP BUILDS STRONG HEALTHY HOMES
The use of the hemp plant can extend into every aspect of our lives – including our homes. Fiber boards made from a hemp-based composite are stronger and lighter than those made from wood. Not to mention the combination of hemp and lime (hempcrete) results in a soundproofing system and insulation superior to that of concrete.
Hemp homes also provide a healthier living environment. Unlike fiberglass or drywall, hempcrete is nontoxic and mold-resistant. Hemp homes are also shown to have incredible durability. One hemp home in Japan is estimated to be over 300 years old!
HEMP CONSERVES WATER
It takes around 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of blue jeans. In fact, cotton is one of the most water-dependent crops around and is quickly depleting our limited freshwater sources.
Meanwhile, hemp requires minimal irrigation in comparison to cotton. A study in the UK comparing cotton production to hemp production found that it only takes 634-898 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of hemp. That’s a big difference!
HEMP FIBER IS SUPERIOR TO COTTON
On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew.
Cotton grows only in moderate climates and requires more water than hemp; but hemp is frost tolerant, requires only moderate amounts of water, and grows in all 50 states. Cotton requires large quantities of pesticides and herbicides--50% of the world's pesticides/herbicides are used in the production of cotton. Hemp requires no pesticides, no herbicides, and only moderate amounts of fertilizer.
And did you know the majority of synthetic fibers we use today are manufactured from polymer-based petrochemical materials (AKA highly toxic materials)? Producing these synthetic materials requires an energy-intensive process, burning large amounts of gas, coal, or crude oil. This type of manufacturing process releases toxic emissions into the air and into the fibers we wear every day.