What if someone told you that the Cannabis Sativa L plant could feed, clothe, shelter, and provide medicine and energy for our society?
That is the tip of the iceberg whenever it comes to this plant’s full integration potential into our society, and it is a nightmare for big business in multiple ways. Petroleum industries in particular are in trouble due to hemp being cellulose rich and having potential to integrate into the plastics industry, which has already begun in multiple countries. The nano crystalline cellulose from hemp can be manufactured into a two dimensional carbon nano sheet that has very similar properties to graphene, having applications in areas such as super capacitors, quantum computing, biotech, and solar technology.
Hemp can also have applications in biofuels as it can efficiently produce ethanol, biodiesel, and other biofuel blends. The oil from hemp seed, however, could run your car, or your body. You can get all omega three, six, and nines from hemp seed oil. Eating hemp seed is also a good source of protein and fiber, leading to it’s consensus as a super food.
Oh, and that is not the only type of fiber in the plant. There are two types of fibers, the hurd (shiv) and the bast. The hurd fiber has potential application in bioplastics, biocomposites, building material concrete, insulation, animal bedding, ect. The bast fibers lead to the coining of the word, “canvas”, which was derived from cannabis, leading it’s use for thousands of years in clothing, ropes, bags, ect. These fibers can also be burnt as biomass, or integrated into technology sectors such as activated charcoal and graphene technologies.
There are cannabinoids and terpenes produced in the trichomes in the tops of the plant that can be used in wide varieties of medical practices, and triterpenoids in the roots that can also be used as herbal medicine. Hemp phytoremediates contaminated soils, uses much less water to grow than corn, soybean, and cotton, and it doesn’t need herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides to grow successfully; hemp does all of this while producing more material in it’s twelve or so feet of sun stretching life. With all of this potential, it gives us some hope in a sustainable future. Big business better look out for the, some say, inevitable farming revolution to come.