Hemp for Sustainability!

Hemp has been ‘the best friend to humanity’ for over 12,000 years.

Traditionally, it was a source of food, fuel, medicine, fibre, paper, rope and building materials.

The new world was discovered and plundered under hemp sails and rope, founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper and declared hemp ‘a necessity’ for the nation. Money was printed onto hemp paper notes and cultivated to provide oil as biofuel for powering machinery and automobiles.

The plant is a rich source of oil (+35%) and this oil is also one of the richest sources of balanced Omega3+6 for human health. The seed is high in protein (+24%) providing the complete balance of proteins necessary for human growth. In the early 1900’s, hemp amongst 25,000 other uses, was being used to build motor vehicle body panels (instead of metal).

In current times, the sustainability of hemp as a corner-stone in manufacturing processes is being recognised.
Hemp – a completely renewable, recyclable, raw material – can replace all non-renewable, high input sources required to make paper, moulded plastics, motor vehicle panelling, fibre, food, building materials, insulation, disposable nappies, concrete, fence posts and almost anything else you can imagine.

On top of that, new medicines are being developed through the discovery and understandings of our bodies natural cannabanoid system – the same cannabanoids that are in the hemp plant are also present in human breast milk. Clinical trails for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Depression, Cancer and Auto-immune Diseases are in progress and showing promising results.

What does all this mean? Well for starters, hemp is carbon nuetral. Carbon is locked away through the growing cycle and, when manufactured into something, it’s carbon is locked away in that something, too!

It also means that not another tree needs to be felled to make paper. Forestry, with it’s carbon dioxide impacts, could be replaced by hemp cultuvation producing four times the volume per hectare, compared with timber for paper pulp for example, in a single season. Also, not another oil well needs to be drilled for fuel, recyclable plastics of all kinds can be produced, houses, buildings, cities can be constructed.

Hemp can be grown almost anywhere that humans can live – from the tropics to the alps. In some climates, two or even three crops can be grown per year. It has no known pests, does not require herbicides or pesticides and needs very little nutrient or water to grow. Every part of the plant is useful.

That’s why the Hempxchange.com is so excited to be bringing people together to rediscover the real value and place of hemp in our lives. Hemp is humanities best green friend – our Mother of all Plants!

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