CANNABIS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WESTERN WORLD

date: 13 August 2020

There’s a growing consciousness around the impact human life has on Planet Earth and everything within it. People are changing their ways, leaving tradition behind to adopt more sustainable practices. Whilst we know the Hemp plant best because of CBD oil, it’s gaining prominence for its ability to heal the wounds of human existence.

A SMALL, BUT EFFECTIVE, CARBON SINK

Like all plants, Hemp absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) and releases oxygen. For every tonne of Hemp produced, over 1.5 tonnes of CO2 are removed from the air. Industrial Hemp has been scientifically proven to absorb more CO2 per hectare than any other commercial crop. It’s more effective than trees because of its shorter growth cycle and once Hemp is harvested, the CO2 is permanently bonded to the fibres, so it won’t be released back into the atmosphere.

HEMP GIVES BACK TO THE EARTH

All plants take nutrients from the soil as they grow. Most plants use those nutrients to flower, produce fruits and then seeds, so very few of the nutrients go back into the soil once they die back. Whilst this would be the case with wild Hemp, industrial Hemp is different. As the pollination process is avoided, no Hemp seeds are formed. This means that Hemp stays nutrient-rich, so when leaves drop to the ground or unused parts of the plant are worked back into the soil, vital nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus are replenished.

Hemp is a really fast grower. It can go from being a seed to a fully-grown plant in as little as four months. This makes it an ideal plant for crop rotation, a key element in sustainable farming. Crop rotation reduces the need for pesticides and fertiliser, which are often made from harmful chemicals that can wreak havoc on the environment.

The depth of Hemp’s benefits Hemp produces deep roots that help hold the soil together, preventing soil erosion. Soil erosion is a common and problematic side-effect of modern farming that reduces the amount of nutrients in the soil, creating a need for fertiliser and sometimes rendering farmlands unusable.

Hemp is also a viable alternative for so many materials that are driving climate change and deforestation. It could replace cotton, paper, plastic, metal, even concrete! We just need to normalise using the Hemp plant in all these different ways.

The healing power of Hemp goes far beyond CBD oil benefits to your mind and body. Through Apothem, we want to show the world that this plant simply gained a bad reputation and it’s high time we brought the Hemp plant back into our every day.

Next up in our series - explore how Hemp is being used to cultivate innovation