Hemp is the only crop that can clothe you, feed you, shelter you and provide medicine. The earliest uses of hemp date back thousands of years. Often confused interchangeably, hemp and marijuana are chemically different from each other. It is important to understand the difference between both, while marijuana consists mainly of psychoactive properties, hemp can be used to make 25000 end products.
Let’s take a look at what hemp can be used for:
Hemp was used during the Middle Ages primarily as a food source. The main nutrition comes from the seeds of the plant which in itself is a snack, much like chia seeds and sunflower seeds. However, the seeds can also be used to make Oil and Protein Powder.
Fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6)
- It grows quickly
- It takes 3 times less water than cotton
- Every part of the hemp plant can be used, it produces zero waste
- One acre of hemp can produce up to three times more fibre than cotton
- It is highly durable and strong
- It detoxifies soil by removing harmful chemicals and pollutants and enriches it with nitrogen and oxygen.
Hemp is nature’s purifier. The plant captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, quickly cleaning the air we breathe. In fact, for every tonne of hemp produced, 1.63 tonnes of carbon is removed from the air, making hemp much more effective than trees with its sequestering properties.
Additionally, the yield of hemp happens every four months to grow. This makes it easy for sustainable farmers to add it to their annual rotation, but also helps regenerate the soil, thanks to the nutrients contained within the hemp plant. And not only that but since hemp roots can grow up to nine feet deep, the soil in which hemp grows will always be strengthened by its presence, even helping to restore damaged soil and grow a wider range of crops as a result.