Why Hemp is Awesome
I’m a big fan of CBD and I try talk about how awesome it is as much as I can. But today, I’d like to focus on where CBD comes from – hemp! Not only does hemp give us CBD, but it’s a sustainable resource that has other applications as well! This plant help not only us, but it can help the environment in so many ways. Let me explain.
Sustainability and Environmental Impact
When I started Nature’s Ultra, I wanted to make sure that I used sustainable farming and manufacturing processes that would have little to no environmental impact. I not only wanted to help people with the products I would produce, but I wanted to help the world we live in. After all, it’s the only one we have.
When you hear people talking about helping the environment you’ve probably heard them mention reducing their carbon footprint, right? But what exactly does that even mean? Essentially, it’s focusing on the amount of carbon dioxide that is put into the atmosphere based on what we do. And in case you don’t already know, too much carbon dioxide is a bad thing.
Hemp, however, can actually reduce our carbon footprint. It does this by taking the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and converting it into energy! And that carbon dioxide is only released back into the atmosphere if the plant is composted or burned. So hemp doesn’t add to the carbon dioxide in the air, but instead takes it away—and that’s just the beginning!
I mentioned before that hemp can help the environment and touched on its ability to reduce our carbon footprint. While that’s amazing on its own, there’s more.
Hemp and Soil
It’s fairly common knowledge that soil is important to plants, but did you know that plants can be important for the soil as well? Hemp has deep roots that help hold the soil together, which can reduce erosion. On top of that, hemp produces high quantities of biomass, which can be returned to the soil providing more nutrients to future plants.
Hemp and Water
Hemp needs much less water to survive than many other industrial crops. This means farming hemp doesn’t deplete the natural resources in the area! This is a good thing considering we get our water from wells or springs nearby on our partner farms.
Hemp and Pests
Not only does hemp do well at higher altitudes and drier climates, hemp is naturally resistant to pests and is resilient to damage. That means most hemp farms don’t even need to use pesticides to protect the crops. That’s a good thing because pesticides, fungicides, and other chemicals used to fight pests can hurt the environment.
Hemp Yield and Growth Rate
Hemp is a high-yield plant, which means it can produce a large amount of product in a small amount of space. This is great for hemp farmers and the environment, as is doesn’t take up a lot of space and resources.
As if that wasn’t enough, hemp can grow pretty fast. This is another bonus for hemp farmers as they can meet demand quicker, and the environment benefits as well! Crops that grow fast allow farmers to harvest them quicker, meaning the soil has more time to be replenished.
The Versatility of Hemp
I’ve gone over how hemp is great for the environment, but how can it help people (aside from the fact that we benefit from a clean environment)? Well, for starters, there’s my favorite, CBD. But hemp has several other uses.
Hemp seeds can be used for cooking in the form of oil or flour. It can also be used as an omega-3 and omega-6 supplements. The stalks of hemp can be turned into rope, clothing, and building material – including hempcrete. Hempcrete is like cement but lighter and more environmentally friendly.
There are probably many more uses for hemp I didn’t mention but after what I went over in this article, I hope it’s apparent how awesome hemp really is.