Certain plants and other organisms have been known to clean up toxic soil and groundwater. This is known as bioremediation and is an affordable and ecological method of remediation compared to chemical and mechanical processes.
When discussing how hemp and other plants clean toxins from the earth, it’s called phytoremediation.
Phytoremediation is the intentional use of plants for removal of contaminants in soils, sludges, sediments, surface water and groundwater.
Yes, hemp can heal the soil and water, along with having some profound healing effects on our body. Considering hemp also make ideal fiber(better than cotton) and oil(perfect balance of Omegas), one might ask, “What can’t hemp do?”
Well, certainly hemp can’t be illegal anymore, and we are blessed with a changing in policies worldwide, making hemp again mankind’s most trusted ally from the plant kingdom.
Hemp is an ideal choice for phytoremediation because it is fast growing, has deep roots and is unaffected by the toxins it accumulates from the soil and air.
Cadmium, one of the major pollutants in soil, has been shown to be eliminated by simply growing hemp.
In fact, certain types of hemp have been studiedand recommended for phytoremediation of cadmium, a heavy metal we need to remove.
With thousands of contaminated sites in the US alone, hemp can prove an efficient and eco-friendly way to clean up our mess industrial mess.
And, while hemp is cleaning the soil, it can act as a carbon sink, to reduce greenhouse gases.
Once the phytoremediation hemp is grown, it should not be used for food or medicine, but can safely be converted into fuel.
You don’t want the toxins that the plant just soaked out of the ground…which is a distinct possibility if you consume hemp products.
This is especially applicable when hemp is concentrated into oil or products like CBD. The CBD concentrate can have more toxins than the plant.
So, the hemp you use for medicine and food needs to be grown on organically certified farms, and better yet tested for toxins and other contaminants.
The hemp or cannabis-based medicine you consume should be free of mold, pesticides, and heavy metals. That is critical, especially if you have an acute illness.
Lab Tests Like this were done on Ojai Energetics CBD, which was grown in clean soil without the use of pesticides and chemicals.
Due to cannabis hemp’s phytoremediation abilities, any cannabis product you consume should be tested.
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