If you have heard about hemp, then you know there’s quite a lot of good that is said about it. From the grain it produces which has been used for human food and even for animal feeds, to the oil that comes from hemp used by chefs in different ways, including as a salad dressing.
The plant’s use in America can be dated back to the 1700s, all the way until 1970 when it was banned together with all other strains of cannabis and labeled as a drug. It is not until recently; in 2018 that President Donald Trump signed The 2018 Farm Bill that classified hemp as any part of the cannabis plant that has 0.3% or less of THC.
CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant and its benefits are numerous including being used as a healing agent for chronic diseases such as epilepsy. Also, the plant is instrumental as a renewable source of energy and as the world moves towards smart city standards, the hemp plant is expected to be part of the move.
What makes hemp the ultimate crop?
First, it is environmentally friendly. It regenerates the soil, giving it nitrogen, for instance, where other plants like cotton deplete the ground of its nutrients. It also requires less water and is resistant to pests; therefore it can grow without the use of pesticides or insecticides making it the smarter choice to grow as a crop.
The roots can get the little water it requires, and they hold the soil in case of rain thereby protecting the land from soil erosion. It takes very little time to grow, so one can expect quick yields after a few months. It absorbs toxins from the soil, water and air as was the case in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when hemp was planted to clear the site of harmful products like radioisotopes