The support of plants is so important during these present times of go, go, go! We are living in an environmental health crisis. We have come to the time where it is imperative that we return to the most powerful plant on the planet.
That plant is Cannabis. Specifically Industrial Hemp
Hemp, is a subspecies of Cannabis Sativa , and is able to grow within 3 months without pesticides. It adds nutrients back into the soil, regenerating the land and is able to offer us medicine, food, textile, building materials, bio plastics and fuels and so much more ! The plant is processed for its fibres ,hurd/shives, seeds, oil and powder. It is high in CBD and low in THC , so no folks you are not going to get intoxicated if you smoke this particular Cannabis plant.
Cannabis purposefully got the short end of the stick for the last 100 years but research shows it has been used for thousands of years prior to the massive corporate take over by Big Pharma.
Monsanto and the textile & oil industry.
How do we move forward to create a more sustainable future ? There are many things we can do from permaculture gardening, to eco bricking and supporting local farmers …. However I believe the biggest thing we can really do as a species is to globally work towards a Hemp Regeneration movement. Our bodies are in a symbiotic relationship with Cannabis and I believe that the planet is too. From regenerating our soil and offering sustainable solutions to many of the environmental tragedies we are faced with today – we have to move forward with Hemp.
Need more amazing facts about why you should have Hemp in your home and daily diet?
*Nutritionally it is the most complete protein food in the vegetable kingdom and is packed full of Omega 3&6. It is delicious in soups, smoothies and the shelled seeds can be used as a dairy alternative (Hemp Seed milk is easier to make and cheaper than nut milk)
*From a textile perspective compared to cotton it grows quicker than cotton, requires no pesticides, harvest time reduced and is a healthier crop for our environment compared to cotton.
It is an excellent rotational crop for agricultural land and can be used for livestock feed & bedding.
*Medicinally, Hemp is usually very high in CBD and low in THC. It is also contains other beneficial cannabinoids such as CBG, CBDV & THCV. Cannabidiol ( CBD), the second major cannabinoid found in Cannabis is responsible for activating the CB2 receptors in our brain which work with our main organs. Research shows that CBD is able to help with a multitude of ailments from pain management, inflammation, anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, IBS. Regular intake of Hemp in the diet nourishes the body from within and activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain to regulate the body’s main functioning systems such as central nervous system and hormones. The endocannabinoid system is the foundation to our health.
*For building supplies and agricultural purposes: Hemp is processed for its fibres for rope & twine and the hurd/ shives are used for creating hempcrete or bricks. Usually the shives are mixed with lime to create eco friendly building supplies …
*Hemp pellets can also be 3D printed into packaging and panelling, the options are endless.
To further grasp the potential of this plant, let’s have a look at the 17 goals towards sustainability that was released by the United Nations. Impressively one plant, Industrial Hemp, is able to address every goal mentioned.
United Nations : 17 goals towards Sustainability
1. No poverty
2. Zero hunger
3. Good health and well being
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced inequalities
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12 Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
14. Life below water
15. Life on land
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals
‘Op-Ed’ by Ruth of Rerooted Earth