Hemp, the most eco-friendly plant on earth?
These days, the phrase “superfood” gets thrown around like a volleyball at a beach party. The likes of acai, goji, buckwheat, and spirulina all have their vocal advocates, rightly letting the world know just how good they are for you. But there’s another out, a name most if not all will know – and that’s hemp.
When it comes to a super food CV, you’re going to find hemp’s resting on the top of the pile every time. That’s because it is incredibly versatile. That versatility includes its many practical, industrial uses (twine, paper, textiles, inks, paints and so on) as well as in a food-source sense (hemp oil, seed, etc.). This stuff genuinely knows how to multi-task while simultaneously keeping you in good shape. It’s no wonder humans have been using the stuff for thousands of years to date.
As if that wasn’t enough, there is another upside to incorporating hemp products / supplements into your lifestyle, and that’s its environmentally friendly credentials as a crop.
The finite nature of the planet’s resources, and how we use those, has become more and more of a pressing issue in recent years, and rightly so. As the human population grows, not only does it require additional space, but, crucially, it also needs more and more room in which to grow crops. This is where hemp comes into its own as a genuinely environmentally friendly crop.
- First, hemp can be used in place of trees for paper. Which means it saves on the potential use of a vast number of trees – which is good news for all of us who are into oxygen in any way as trees perform a vital role in that regard. Also, hemp grows a lot faster than trees – which means a quicker turnaround time which in turn means that it is a lot less demanding on the environment.
- Second, hemp uses relatively little water for growth, yet still offers up a generous yield of plants per acre. Hemp is also hardy enough to grow in near arid conditions as its long roots can resourcefully draw water from deep underground. Hemp also requires relatively smaller amounts of land to grow in.
- Third, hemp crops actually put nitrogen and other nutrients back into the ground as opposed to strip them out (something that cotton for example is notoriously bad for). In doing so, hemp not only takes care of future crop generations of itself, but other crops too.
- Fourth, hemp is an exclusive club of crops in that it is naturally resistant to pests. Consequently, hemp crops do not need to sprayed with potentially harmful pesticides, which is of course great news for the environment and your peace of mind.
As the human population continues to grow, its demand for sustainable, environmentally friendly crops is going to grow with it. This really is a problem that isn’t going to go away. On the contrary, it is only going to get bigger. By using hemp products and supplements, you are helping to promote the hemp industry which is naturally head and shoulders above others when it comes to the efficiency and return of crop cultivation. As mentioned earlier, with those environmentally sustainable credentials to hand, it’s no surprise that hemp has been used for as long as it has by humankind.