The NoCo Hemp Expo is an annual event featuring hundreds of cannabis vendors and speakers. This is an opportunity for cannabis advocates to gather, spread awareness, and share some interesting information about this amazing plant.
Here are some cool hemp facts that might surprise you, whether you’re a user or not.
- Enriches the Soil
Hemp has deep roots and can easily grow in different kinds of terrains and soil. What’s even great is that it can enrich the soil where it grows. Its roots hold the soil together, which increases the microbial content and keeps the soil healthy. This can result in an even bigger yield for the next batch of crops.
- Absorbs Toxic Metals
One of the lesser-known hemp facts is that it can help eliminate radioactive materials and toxins from the environment. To prove this, a group of scientists planted hemp at the Chernobyl and found that the plant produced phytoremediation, which removes chemicals better than any other plant.
- Contains Nutrients Found in Breast Milk
Hemp is a very nutritious plant. Its seeds have oils that are high in GLA or Gamma Linolenic Acid, which is mostly found in breast milk. Furthermore, hemp seed oil contains other Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, making it healthier than other types of vegetable oils out there.
- Used in Building Cars
Hemp has been used to build different kinds of products and that includes cars! In fact, Henry Ford presented a car in 1941 that was made from soybean, plastics, and hemp. This car was lighter than steel and 10 times more capable of withstanding impact. Hemp is also used as a building material and is known for being pest-free, rot-free, mold-free, and fire-resistant. What’s more, the material can last up to hundreds of years, which is truly one of the most surprising hemp facts!
- Reduces Carbon Emissions
Hemp will not only replace some products that can cause carbon emissions but it can also eliminate carbon emissions itself. The plant is known for its high amount of carbon dioxide that can trigger a process known as carbon sequestration, capable of capturing carbon emissions. Each ton of hemp can eliminate 1.63 tons of carbon.
- Helps Prevent Deforestation
Hemp is also used in making paper and wood. An acre of hemp plants is capable of producing as much paper as four-acre of trees. As such, using hemp for paper may help to prevent deforestation.
- Prevents World Hunger
As mentioned, hemp is a highly nutritious plant. Its seeds are among the most nutritionally dense foods in the world. They are rich in protein and amino acids, as well as other essential vitamins. It can be made into different kinds of food products that can help to address world hunger.
- Can Be Used as Fuel
One of the most interesting hemp facts is that the oil derived from hemp seed can be made into biodiesel, which is non-toxic and biodegradable. Its fermented stalk is, in fact, made into methanol and ethanol. Although there are several other fuel alternatives out there that are more efficient than hemp, it’s still a good source of fuel.