As industrial hemp comes closer to full legalization, there are plenty of uses to which people can put the plant.
From textiles to ropes to CBD extraction and nutrition, hemp has drawn immense interest, so much so that the U.S. Senate has voted to end federal prohibitions on growing the plant. While that legislation is still pending, earlier legislation allows states to let farmers grow the crop experimentally.
But those uses aren’t the only reasons for hemp‘s attractiveness. The plant could also become an important source of energy.
According to Ministry of Hemp:
Fuel is everything. America would not be the hyper-efficient economy it is today without something to power our cars, computers, and our Roomba vacuum cleaners. We would be nothing but Neolithic farmers without our electricity and gasoline. But, anything that is truly valuable always comes at a price. Traditional fuel sources hurt the environment, and they’re running out. Air pollution from processing fossil fuels harms the troposphere, and indirectly depletes ozone from our atmosphere. The price for hyper efficiency is evident, which is why alternative fuel sources are becoming so important. Today we focus on a fuel source that hits close to home. That alternative is hemp biofuel.
The cannabis plant is the gift that keeps on givin’. This magic plant gives us CBD oil, THC, hemp fibers and even fuel! Researchers have made hemp into two types of biofuel: biodiesel and ethanol.
Another important use could be to make cardboard or plastic. According to Herb:
Using hemp to make cardboard has some serious advantages. For instance, most cardboard is made from wood from trees, but hemp grows much quicker than trees. Thus, using hemp to make cardboard could help cut down on deforestation. Another benefit of using hemp to make cardboard is that hemp is naturally acid-free. Therefore, the cardboard won’t become yellow or brittle. Plus, you can recycle hemp up to seven times; compared to the measly three times wood pulp can be recycled. It seems like a no-brainer.
We all know plastic is bad for the environment, from the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” to the 93 percent of Americans who have BPA in their urine, according to the CDC. But that’s another way the many uses for hemp can help. Hemp plastic is non-toxic and biodegradable, making it safer for the environment.