Cannabis legalization is a hot topic across the United States. People are more interested than ever in what this plant has to offer and cannabis products that vary from simple wraps to Unique shaped glass bubbles It is becoming more popular every day. And while some people are still familiar with the plant, there are many reasons why hemp is good for the environment.
Here are the three reasons why legalizing cannabis is good for the planet:
1. Hemp is a renewable resource
Cannabis, also known as hashish or marijuana, is a plant of the cannabis family that contains more than 113 cannabis alums (i.e. chemical compounds). The cannabis plant consists of three different species, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. The first two types are the most common cannabis plants that are most commonly used for recreational (intoxicating) and medicinal (high-bodied) purposes.
Hemp is a renewable resource that can replace fossil fuels. Over the years, hemp has been able to continuously provide clean, non-exhausting energy. This is because cannabis contains about 30% oil that is used to manufacture diesel fuel. The oil can power jet fuel and other precision machinery.
Research has shown that fossil energy, apart from being expensive, also pollutes 80% of the planet. Therefore, to solve this problem, the best alternative is to grow crops with biomaterials for a clean and renewable energy source. Hemp is the best alternative because it provides the most vital substance.
Moreover, when biomass is adopted as a fuel, the pollution problem of the planet will be solved, and it will mark the end of our current dependence on oil for energy. At the same time, this will create more job opportunities for individuals.
2- Hemp cultivation requires much less water than conventional cultivation methods.
Previously, it was believed that growing hemp required more water than other crops. However, in 2017, this fact was erased after a study was conducted by the Cannabis Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Research data was collected from water use reports from farmers licensed to grow cannabis. Hence, traditional cultivation methods use huge amounts of water, while hemp cultivation does not.
Hemp cultivation can help conserve water in areas where water is scarce, and also by growing hemp we can reduce the amount of water needed for conventional farming.
Hemp is an herb, which is why it is easy to grow with less water and resistant to pests. Compared to trees, this plant is known to produce more pulp per acre, and of course it is biodegradable.
3. Hemp products can be made from the hemp plant
The hemp plant can be used to make products such as paper, clothing, and biodegradable plastic.
Hemp is simply cannabis that cannot get you high because it has a THC content of 0.3% or less. While its cousin, marijuana, is the cannabis that can get you high. The fiber obtained from industrial hemp (the same type of marijuana) is what is used to make papers, cloth, rope, and fuel.
Hemp fibers are stronger and more durable than cotton, making them a good choice for clothing and other textile products. Also, hemp oil can be used to make biodegradable, eco-friendly, non-toxic plastics.
So why not use this now?
The answer to this question is that cannabis is generally illegal. Hence, it is outdated. However, it is still used in China and Europe. Thus, for the parts where hemp is not legalized, the materials used instead of cannabis are cotton, plastic, fossil fuels, etc., which are not environmentally friendly. causing harm to our planet.
The cannabis plant is very resourceful because almost all parts of the plant are useful. For example, the outer bast fibers of a stem are what are used to produce textiles, ropes, and cloth. The paste is used in the production of paper, and the seeds are a great source of protein, omega-3 fats, and more. Let’s not forget about cooking oil, paint, plastics and adhesives. Then finally, the leaves can be consumed.
Hemp is a highly versatile plant with many potential uses, making it an important part of the green economy.
Moreso, the hemp plant can be grown using sustainable methods that do not require the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. Thus, we can say that hemp is better for the environment.