10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sustainable Hemp Farming

With the onset of trending products like CBD and delta 8, it’s no secret that hemp has become an incredibly popular plant over the past few years.

And yet, it’s nothing compared to mankind’s relationship to hemp. In fact, we’ve been cultivating it and using it in food, medicine and textiles for over 10,000 years!

But as we face the growing factors and risks of climate change, you might be wondering: could this ancient crop hold solutions to climate change, deforestation, and plastic dependency?

Spoiler: yes, it can.

If all of this is news to you, you’re in luck today!

Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about sustainable hemp farming.

1. It’s Good for the Air

You may have already heard that hemp can give back to the soil, but did you know it can help clean the air, too?

While all plants are great for our atmosphere, hemp plants are especially impressive, and can convert four times more carbon dioxide in the air than trees!

On top of that, hemp is an annual plant, which means it has a short growing cycle, and it dies back before it takes a toll on the soil.

2. Hemp May Be the Next Biofuel

Hemp is an incredibly versatile grower, and this makes it appealing for a number of reasons. And one of the reasons we’re most excited about is the biofuel potential.

The concept of biofuel is nothing new, though corn and sugarcane are the most popular sources, by far.

However, the issue with corn and sugarcane is that they’re both valuable food sources. But with hemp, most of the plant is inedible, which makes it a much more viable fuel crop.

3. It’s Biodegradable

Hemp can exist in a number of different forms, whether it’s raw plant matter, fabric, rope or plastic-like cellulose. And while hemp materials are both reliable and long-lasting, it will eventually biodegrade, with the breakdown process taking anywhere from a few weeks to thirty years, depending on the type of hemp product and how it’s stored.

4. It Mitigates Climate Change

As we’ve already mentioned, hemp plants are good for the air because they help convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.

But more than that, hemp absorbs additional carbon dioxide into the stems and leaves, preventing it from trapping more heat in the atmosphere.

This is one more reason why hemp is becoming so popular as a construction material; some companies are even starting to utilize it to insulate buildings.

5. Replacement for Plastic

Did you know that your childhood toothbrush still exists? At this moment, there’s a good chance it’s in a landfill, and will be for the next 500 years.

Plastic is one of the most destructive factors contributing to climate change, leaving our landfills and oceans overflowing with it. And as our dependence on it continues, it pollutes our planet’s ecosystems more and more each year.

Hemp, however, may offer a saving grace. Due to the unique fiber content in the stalks, hemp can actually be used to create a type of cellulose that acts like a biodegradable plastic.

Currently, hemp-derived plastics are still fairly rare, especially with the fossil fuel subsidies that keep plastic’s price low.

Still, more companies are catching up with consumers’ demand for sustainable options, and we may see hemp plastics rise to popularity in this decade.

6. Hemp Farming Helps the Soil

It’s no secret that hemp makes a hardy plant, and one of its strongest features lies in the roots. Hemp has the power to put out exceptionally long roots, which can penetrate deeply into the earth, tapping into water supplies deep down below.

Because of this, not only can hemp seek out additional water sources, but root systems can actually feed the soil’s microbial content by redepositing nutrients.

7. Hemp Fabric Lasts

Hemp fabric has been growing in popularity over the past few years; not only because it’s highly breathable and cheap to produce, but also because it will last as long as 30 years, plus it may even be weather-resistant.

8. Hemp Farming Decontaminates the Earth

We already mentioned that hemp can nourish the earth, but on top of that, it can clean it, too.

By that, we mean that hemp can actually absorb toxins from the environment, including heavy metals and toxic materials, and it may even be used in the future to help remove radiation from Fukushima.

9. Hemp Seeds are Highly Nutritious

While it’s true that most of hemp is inedible, there is one part of the plant that’s highly nutritious.

Hemp seeds are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, containing protein, minerals, polyunsaturated fats, and all 9 amino acids. On top of that, they’re delicious roasted or raw, and can be added to salads, soups, pastas, and more.

10. Hemp Farming Can Prevent Deforestation

Deforestation has a devastating impact on our environment. As we continue to exploit our forests for hardwood and paper, it’s been estimated that we won’t have any rainforests left by the end of this century.

However, hemp may offer a sustainable alternative. Unlike trees, which take decades to be ready for harvest, hemp only takes a few weeks, which allows it to replenish in order to sustainably meet demand. And while hemp can be used to make paper, it’s also a reliable, eco-friendly housing material.

The more we open our minds to sustainable hemp farming, the more we can do for our planet, our wallet, and our daily lives.