The medical benefits of cannabis, in all of its forms, are well documented – as are the countless number of products that can be made with it. But did you know this plant can also save the planet?
Hemp in particular, has an abundance of practical applications that go far beyond just its industrial uses. Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L. plant with less than 0.3% THC. When it comes to replenishing the earth, hemp does so by removing toxic metals like cadmium, lead, and mercury, as well as radiation and other pollutants, from the soil via a process called phytoremediation.
Phytoremediation is the decontamination of soil using various plants. The discovery of hemp’s ability to absorb contaminants was made decades ago, and despite promising results, it’s still not a frequently used remediation method.
While hemp phytoremediation isn’t used much around the world, the technique has been long known to farmers and some countries have been experimenting with it on a much larger scale since the 90s. Most notably is the nuclear catastrophe site at Chernobyl, which contrary to popular belief, is actually NOT abandoned anymore. As a matter of fact, nearly 4,000 people live and work in the area – all the more reason to use one of the most cutting-edge remediation techniques known to man.