Is there anything hemp can't be used for? It has application in virtually every area of our life; it can be turned into fuel, ropes, paper, clothing, etc. Recently, during the fourth annual NoCo Hemp Expo, over 130 vendors and 60 speakers convened to celebrate this versatile plant.
Check out these 10 cool facts about this plant you probably didn't know.
IT IMPROVES SOIL NUTRIENTS
With its deep roots that allow it survive in different terrains and soil types, compact the soil while adding beneficial microbes to the soil; hemp is a farmer's delight.
Due to high concentration of plant nutrients in the stems and leaves, they are mulched back into the soil after harvest, to replenish and ensure fertile land for next season’s cultivation.
IT PURIFIES THE ATMOSPHERE
Hemp can save the world. Don't you believe it? It has been shown that Hemp plant can absorb green-gas gasses from the atmosphere four times faster than other plants. Which slow down global warming and make our planet safe.
Also, scientists working at the Chernobyl site discovered that the hemp plant conducts phytoremediation thereby reducing the effects of the destructive radioactive isotopes better than any other plant.
A WARTIME CROP HERO
Due to the disruption in the supply lines for the Japanese-made hemp, the U.S Department of Agriculture started the "Hemp for Victory" campaign to encourage the growing of the crop.
HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS
The Hemp seed is rich in protein which is the building block for essential amino acids needed for body building and replenishing of worn out tissues. It also has a high content of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.
USED IN CAR MANUFACTURING
Henry Ford was the first car manufacturer to use hemp in building composite body parts for his T-Model Ford cars, way back in 1941!
Today, leading car brands like BMW, Honda, Toyota, etc. has body parts built with hemp. These cars have withstood greater impacts than steel cars without any dent.
USED IN HOME BUILDING
Hempcrete, the term for the, concretes made from hemp can be used for home insulation. They can also be used to build rot-free, pest-free, mold-free and fire resistant walls which are durable.
The oil from hemp can be processed into a bio-degradable, non-toxic fuel that can power a car.
IT HELPS PRESERVE THE FORESTS
Some research has shown that hemp produces more paper per acre than any other known plant. The implication of this is that fewer trees can be used to meet the world paper needs. Thereby, saving our forests.
DEATH PENALTY FOR GROWING IT
With all the benefits and uses of hemp, can you believe it is banned to grow it in the U.S, and the punishment when caught is death?
HELPED FOUND THE UNITED STATES
What an Irony, a plant on which the founding fathers deemed fit to write the constitution- is today banned in the same country it helped found.
There you have it amazing facts about hemp. Are there some facts you know, we didn’t list here. Do well, to share with us.