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Closer to a Sustainable World with Hemp

Hemp is a versatile plant cultivated for over 10,000 years. Historically, it was one of the earliest plants spun into usable fibre and had many uses, from paper to clothing, even in construction and food. Hemp was known for its durable qualities, being robust and long-lasting.

However, due to its psychoactive cousin, marijuana, and a subsequent misunderstanding of its non-psychoactive properties, hemp became stigmatised and prohibited in many parts of the world in the 20th century.

Nevertheless, to this day, hemp still carries substantial advantages like environmental ones – some that we could benefit from now more than ever.

Why Hemp Would Be a Great Alternative for the Environment

In a world increasingly focused on sustainability, hemp has emerged as a versatile and eco-friendly champion. Its rapid growth, minimal input requirements, and remarkable carbon-sequestration abilities make it a sustainable powerhouse. Moreover, its medicinal potential, particularly in the production of CBD, offers a unique edge over conventional crops. 

Join us in exploring the myriad benefits of hemp and how it’s contributing to a more sustainable and healthier future for the planet.

  1. Fast Growth: Hemp grows rapidly with a growth cycle of around 2-4 months, while cotton requires a growth cycle of about 5-7 months – almost doubling the productive output in a given time and area. 

This fast growth also means that hemp can quickly provide ground cover, reducing soil erosion and suppressing weed growth without the need for herbicides.

  1. Low Input Requirements: Hemp requires less water and fewer pesticides and fertilisers compared to many conventional crops. 

It’s estimated that producing 1 kg of cotton in India consumes about 22,500 litres of water, whereas hemp would only require about 2,300-5,700 litres of water per kilogram of dry matter.

The high use of pesticides in Indian cotton production is a significant issue, contributing to water pollution, soil degradation, and health problems among rural populations. Cotton in India uses almost 45% of the total pesticides used in the country despite it being grown on just 5% of the land. Hemp, on the other hand, has a natural resistance to many pests, meaning it can be grown with little or no use of pesticides.

Hemp’s ability to grow in less-than-ideal soil conditions can also minimize the need for fertilizers, reducing further costs for farmers.

  1. Carbon Sequestration: Hemp is excellent at absorbing CO2, making it an effective tool in the fight against climate change. 

An acre of hemp can absorb about 10 tons of CO2, which is significantly higher compared to an acre of forest, which absorbs around 2.5 to 3 tons of CO2 annually. In the process, hemp not only sequesters carbon dioxide but also releases oxygen, thereby reducing the overall carbon footprint. 

Furthermore, the carbon captured by hemp is stored in the resulting durable products ranging from fiberboard to concrete, extending the life of carbon storage. In comparison, conventional crops like wheat or corn do not have such extended carbon storage benefits.

Additionally, hemp can be harvested 2-3 times a year, depending on the climate, increasing its carbon sequestration potential. 

Given these promising attributes, hemp is being intensively studied for its potential role in carbon farming and climate change mitigation, offering an alternative to traditional crops and materials that are not as effective in addressing our carbon crisis.

  1. Soil Remediation: Hemp is a phytoremediative plant, meaning it can remove toxins, heavy metals, and radiation from the soil, helping to rejuvenate and regenerate degraded lands.

Unlike crops like soybeans and wheat, which can deplete soil nutrients, hemp contributes to soil health. Hemp has a deep root system that helps to prevent soil compaction and erosion, while also increasing soil aeration. This can improve the soil structure for future crops. 

In terms of nutrient content, hemp leaves fall to the ground during growth and decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil, similar to what legumes do through nitrogen fixation. 

Hemp also has phytoremediation properties. It can absorb heavy metals and other toxins from the soil, a trait that was famously utilized in the cleanup of radioactive soil around Chernobyl. As an example of how it compares to other crops in this respect, sunflowers were also used for phytoremediation after the Chernobyl disaster, but studies suggest that hemp could be even more effective at removing contaminants from the soil.

  1. Biodiversity: Hemp fields provide a habitat for a variety of wildlife and help maintain biodiversity. 

The cultivation of hemp doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides, reducing the risk to non-target organisms and pollinators.

By contrast, monocultures like corn or soybeans, which often rely heavily on pesticides, can disrupt local ecosystems and harm non-target organisms. This is particularly damaging for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Hemp’s limited need for pesticides and herbicides therefore helps preserve biodiversity, and its flowers can even serve as a late-season food source for pollinators.

  1. Sustainable Material: Hemp fibres can be used as an alternative to wood in paper making, saving forests. They can also be used in the creation of bioplastics, reducing reliance on fossil fuels. 

Hemp’s versatility makes it a powerful tool for sustainable material production. For instance, one acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four to ten acres of trees over a 20-year cycle, but hemp stalks only take four months to mature, whereas trees take 20 to 80 years. This means that using hemp for paper production could significantly reduce deforestation. 

Hemp can also be used to create bioplastics, providing a renewable alternative to petroleum-based plastics.

Additionally, hempcrete, a mixture of hemp, lime, and water, provides a sustainable, low-carbon alternative to concrete. It’s carbon-negative, meaning it absorbs more CO2 during its growth and use than is emitted during its production. Traditional concrete is responsible for up to 8% of the world’s CO2 emissions, so replacing even a portion of this with hempcrete could have significant environmental benefits.

  1. Textiles: Hemp fibres are used to produce sustainable textiles. 

While this is not a new use, innovations are improving the softness, versatility, and colour-fastness of hemp fabrics, making them more competitive with other textile crops like cotton.

Compared to cotton, hemp produces up to double the fibre yield per hectare and requires significantly less water and fewer pesticides. As technologies improve, hemp fabrics are becoming softer and more versatile, enabling them to compete directly with cotton fabrics. Moreover, hemp fibres are naturally antimicrobial and resistant to ultraviolet light and mould, attributes that make hemp an exciting prospect for future sustainable fashion.

  1. Medicine: Hemp’s medicinal applications, particularly in the production of CBD (cannabidiol), are promising. CBD has been shown to have potential therapeutic effects for a variety of health conditions, including anxiety, epilepsy, and chronic pain. 

This gives hemp an edge over many conventional crops that don’t have similar medicinal properties. As research continues, we’re likely to discover even more about hemp’s potential in this field.

Challenges of Integrating Hemp into Society

Despite these promising environmental benefits, integrating hemp into European societies and beyond has been met with particular challenges.

  1. Regulatory Issues: One of the primary obstacles is legislation. Although hemp is non-psychoactive, its association with marijuana has led to some regulatory restrictions. 
  2. Public Perception: Despite increasing awareness about the differences between hemp and marijuana, there is still some public stigma attached to hemp due to its cannabis lineage.
  3. Limited Research and Development: The prohibition of hemp cultivation in the past means there’s a lack of comprehensive research and innovation to exploit hemp’s full potential as an industrial crop.
  4. Economic Viability: Currently, hemp production and processing costs can be higher than traditional crops or materials, which may deter farmers and industries from adopting it.

It’s also important to note that the existing infrastructure for conventional materials such as cotton and its production is extensive and well-established, making transitioning to hemp more challenging. Plus, cotton has a wider range of applications in the textile industry, given its established processing methods.

Where’s Hemp Going from Here?

Despite hemp having been “held back”, the tides are changing. 

Europe, in particular, has seen a recent resurgence in hemp cultivation, driven by increased awareness of its environmental benefits and potential uses. Various European countries, such as France, the Netherlands, and Romania, have legalised hemp cultivation and are investing in research and development.

It’s, however, still important that we overcome the challenges and misconceptions surrounding hemp. If we do, we could gain a powerful ally in our current struggle against environmental degradation. If we grow our awareness of the plant and its remarkable uses, we could improve public perception and regulatory issues, promoting innovative solutions and businesses. 

With gradual implementation, hemp will eventually also come around as being a more economically viable option.

That’s why it’s necessary to continue the dialogues, research, and legislation that will reintegrate hemp into our societies, bringing back its full potential for the sake of our environment and our future.

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