The CBD industry has skyrocketed into the stratosphere in the last year. While most of us are familiar with its potential benefits, is there an unspoken cost associated with the growth of the Cannabidiol industry in the environment or is it a tool for future cleantech?
But first, let’s recap quickly for those of you new to this area:
CBD is extracted from Hemp
CBD is a cannabinoid found in Hemp, and it’s non-intoxicating. It’s a popular supplement, which works via the endocannabinoid system to have a variety of effects downstream. These are often associated with sleep, pain or anxiety, although the uses are near endless according to the latest science.
CBD oil is hemp extract diluted in a carrier oil, and it’s the most popular way to take the supplement.
Hemp is a bio-accumulator
Interestingly, Hemp has a history for being used in unique situations to aid environmental recovery. Including plantations of Hemp at the Chernobyl site to remove toxins from the soil.
This is because Hemp is a powerful phytoremediator. It absorbs chemicals from the soil into its stem and flowers during its growth stage and as a result, filters the earth leaving it free of toxins.
Consequently, it’s prized for its ability to cleanse otherwise unusable farmland in areas of high pollution. Removing undesirable chemicals from the soil Hemp can turn unusable farmland into profit-producing fields and reduce the environmental impact of both natural and human-made disasters.
Hemp reduces net CO2 emissions
Industrial Hemp is proven to absorb more CO2 than trees. As a result, it acts as the perfect match to reduce carbon emissions.
The fact it grows to full size within 6 months, can be grown in climates and soil where nothing else can make it a unique tool to help combat global warming.
Hemp is a sustainable and organic plant which can be grown with little upkeep while having an enormous impact on its environment.
All parts of the Hemp plant are usable
Outside of its direct environmental impact, Hemp can be used to produce plastics, paper, textiles and cold pressed hemp seeds (hemp seed oil) are already consumed for their nutritional benefits including omega-3 fatty acids.
Albeit, we haven’t even mentioned the use of Hemp flowers to produce CBD products such as oils, topicals, vapes and more too!
As a result, parts of the plant can be processed and used efficiently.
It’s clear that there are uses for Hemp in all countries across the globe, whether that’s remediating soil or giving farmers the opportunity to surf the CBD wave while it’s powering through the world.
Nonetheless, it seems we haven’t even touched the surface yet when it comes to all the potential uses this plant has, and we will likely see more applications in the near future.
- The cannabis family of plants has far beyond recreational, medical uses.
- Hemp is a powerful tool in our arsenal to reduce our environmental impact on the planet.
- The use of the plant stretches far beyond producing CBD products and touches nearly all industries in some form.