Sometimes we need to get out of our daily routines and echo chambers to see the big picture. It allows us to aim high and feel part of something much larger than us. Something so important that it keeps us going no matter what.
We can apply this to the wild-wild-west world of hemp. CBD is still as popular as ever, especially when mixed without cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and others. Then came Delta 8, but where is this all going?
It is becoming very apparent that cannabinoids are extremely beneficial to our bodies. It is safe to say that what is good for our bodies is also good for our planet, right? We did evolve over millions of years here, so why wouldn’t it? Well, it’s actually excellent for our planet, something that we are calling Our Hemp Future.
Hemp as a Source of Food
Our modern civilization relies a lot on wheat, grains, corn, and soy. These crops use up huge areas of land, water, and need to be sprayed with pesticides. Some are even genetically modified to withstand pesticides and all are heavily processed. Doesn’t sound very sustainable, does it?
Hemp seeds are packed with nutrients. Just 3 tablespoons contain:
- 9.5 grams of protein
- 14.6 grams of fat
- 2.6 grams of carbs
- 1.2 grams of fiber
- 0.45 grams of sugar
Who said you can’t be a keto and a vegan?! But that is an impressive amount of protein and fat, for sure it will get you through a few hours without feeling hungry. And since there is hardly any sugar, you won’t experience any sugar spikes. And the icing on top? Hemp does not need any pesticides. It is naturally resistant to insects and predators.
Hemp also doesn’t need as much water as other industrial crops. Are you seeing Our Hemp Future, yet? But there is more. Much more.
Hemp as a Source of Medicine
Hemp has been used as a medicine since 2700BCE and was first used in ancient China when Emperor Shen-Nung developed and used it as a pain relief ailment in ointments and teas.
Even the Romans used hemp for pain relief with Dioscorides writing a pharmacopeia and mentioning the medicinal benefits of hemp. During the Muslim empire, their medical industry also knew the immense benefits of the plant, citing anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.
In the west, there is a rich history of industrial hemp throughout the British Empire and the newly formed United States. But research into cannabinoids started in the 1970s when the market really opened up with the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Today, we can see a huge variety of pure CBD, CBG, CBA, CBN products, mixed together, like CBDa CBGa products, or mixed with different essential oils and ingredients for a variety of purposes. There are many research studies and reports about the potential of CBD and other cannabinoids as medicine, so Our Hemp Future looks very promising.
Hemp As a Source of Textiles
Just in case you don’t know what textiles are, they are products that are made from weaving fibers. Traditionally, and for many decades, cotton has been (and still is) the #1 crop used in textiles. Wool and silk are also used, but very sparingly.
Hemp fibers are impressive. According to CFDA.com,
Hemp produces 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax on the same land, and has the highest yield per acre of any natural fiber.CFDA.com
And growing hemp, in general, is very easy. It grows fast and in large quantities. As a textile, hemp has been known to be similar to linen, which moves easily with the body, is breathable, and can be worn throughout different seasons. Hemp linen starts out pretty stiff but softens with each wash. Are you liking how Our Hemp Future is looking?
Hemp As a Source of Paper Products
If there is anything that seems wasteful, it’s paper products. Paper towels, toilet paper, paper tissues, paper plates, paper napkins – the list just goes on and on. Is there a truly sustainable alternative? Hemp.
Hemp has been used for paper for thousands of years. It was used from China to the Middle East, even our founders used it to pen the Declaration of Independence. Don’t know what that is?! Go read about it here. That said, hemp is a great alternative to trees. Trees are extremely important to our biosphere, so deforestation can be devastating, plus they take a long time to grow.
Hemp grows fast and does not need a lot of water or pesticides. Here are some more benefits from Ministry of Hemp:
- 1 acre of Hemp can produce as much paper as 4-10 acres of trees over a 20-year cycle.
- Hemp stalks grow in 4 months, whereas trees take 20-80 years.
- Hemp has a higher concentration of cellulose than wood, the principal ingredient in paper.
- Trees are made up of only 30% cellulose, requiring the use of toxic chemicals to remove the other 70%. Hemp, on the other hand, can have up to 85% cellulose content.
- Hemp has lower lignin content than wood. Hemp contains 5-24% lignin whereas wood has 20-35%. This is advantageous as lignin must be removed from the pulp before it can be processed as paper.
- Hemp paper is more durable than trees. Hemp paper does not yellow, crack, or deteriorate like tree paper.
- Wider use of hemp paper can help sustainability efforts to reduce deforestation.
After reading the above, it is just a know-brainer, that hemp should be used as a source for paper products. We should at least try and gradually introduce it into the market. Consumers might gravitate toward paper products made from hemp if they know how sustainable hemp can be.
Hemp As a Source for Plastics
One of the most disturbing facts about petroleum plastics is that they take 100s of years to decompose. Beaches of plastic have been found in the Pacific Ocean – it’s truly a sad sight to see. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Hemp can replace petroleum for our plastic needs – sustainably since it is biodegradable.
There is a fun fact that the hemp industry likes to throw around. Henry Ford, apparently, built a car in 1941 that was made from hemp plastic and wheat straw. He proved that it was 10 times stronger than steel by smashing it with an ax. No damage or scratches were found.
How is plastic made from hemp? Hemp has been found to contain 65%-70% cellulose, which is a major ingredient in creating plastics. The process, according to The Planet Voice, can be long, but it is worth it for a sustainable future. Furthermore, we know that with investments and human ingenuity, we will figure it out – as we always do.
Read more here to get excited about Our Hemp Future.
Hemp As a Source for Fuel
No, we are not kidding. Biofuels are a thing – it’s called ethanol, which is dominated by the corn industry, but let’s back up a little. Fossil fuels, or Petroleum, are falling out of favor for many reasons, but mostly because it is not renewable, which causes wars and dependency on other countries, which sometimes becomes hostile. That said, biofuels are renewable and can be grown anywhere in any country, particularly if it’s Hemp.
Hemp can provide two types of biofuel: bioethanol and biodiesel. How much, you ask? A hectare of hemp can create 780 liters or 270 gallons of biofuel. Biodiesel made from hemp (and other sources) is biodegradable so it burns without producing sulfur dioxide. However, there are still some issues, since hemp cultivation remains costly. But, as mentioned before, further investments and focus will produce solutions to this.
Our Hemp Future is Needed to fuel a modern civilization sustainably
As you can see, there are many ways that hemp can contribute to a more sustainable future. A modern civilization can easily run on the hemp industry. Are there setbacks? Yes, but human ingenuity has shown that it can overcome difficulties. That’s why we are launching the Our Hemp Future initiative. We want a bright future for humanity without the need to sacrifice.
So, we will be investing our profits into realizing this ultimate goal of everyone living a fruitful life on this planet without the guilt and burden of hurting it. We will be giving an extra 5% discount on every purchase, and you will be part of building this vision of the future without the need for rationing, but to live life with abundance and in harmony with nature.
Let’s keep the vision of our founders alive and live it for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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