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Cannabis: From Dope to Hope

Today, as the planet stands at the dawn of global annihilation triggered by climate change, every individual and business is obliged to adopt sustainable alternatives to all their utilities and practices, with a sense of urgency. Undeniably, efforts are being made in the form of afforestation, minimising carbon footprints, banning the use of plastics, keeping a check on pollution and much more. But in a country where the majority of the population is still battling poverty, adopting sustainable lifestyles seems far-fetched.

Surprisingly, nature itself holds a highly effective solution to most of these pressing problems - in the form of a wonder plant - Cannabis - otherwise known as bhang, ganja or Marijuana (Yes, you read it right!) - but the non-intoxicating variety of this species - THE HEMP.

About Hemp

Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa ssp. Sativa) is the non-psychoactive variation of Cannabis with the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content generally below 0.3%. THC is the psychoactive component that is responsible for the ‘high’ in Cannabis. Hemp has minimal THC and maximum cannabidiol (CBD). CBD largely neutralises the intoxicating effects of THC and has multiple other nutritional and therapeutic benefits. Simply put, Industrial Hemp is a non-intoxicating Cannabis that alone offers thousands of pan-industrial applications.

Difference between the two species of Cannabis :

Industrial Hemp v/s Marijuana

Marvels Of Hemp

Now termed as a ‘blessing for humanity,’ Hemp is the only known natural resource that has more than 25,000 known end uses. From automobiles to apparels, medicines to cosmetics, fuel to paper, construction to animal husbandry and from food to biodegradable plastics, Hemp can be easily employed as the healthier, safer and more economical raw material in more than 40 industries, thus truly making it the most ‘sacred’ plant ever grown for mankind!

Practically, the Hemp fiber can easily fulfil the world’s clothing requirement with only 1/4th the amount of water (as compared to cotton), without any additional chemical insecticides or pesticides, using lesser land, providing a higher yield and above all, protecting the richness of the soil and making it more fertile while doing all of this! Hemp fabric is undoubtedly the ‘Sustainable Fashion Revolution’ that the world deserves. Similarly, Hemp seed oil offers to save the fishes, by becoming a fulfilling plant-based source of Omega 3 and 6. Hempcrete offers to provide better insulated and sustainable houses, without the use of cement and harmful chemicals. Hemp Plants can become the raw material for paper, thus saving our trees from deforestation. Additionally, Hemp is a known antidepressant and also helps to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, pain, seizures and even cancer! Moreover, it is also used in creating bioplastics, bio-leathers, bio-fuels and more; all of this while leaving a carbon-negative footprint.

Hemp is a wonder plant that can be used in totality from top to bottom. However, the production and usage of flowers and resins of the crop are illegal in our country.

Hemp modestly has the potential to replace 95% of our daily-use items, with sustainable, healthier and eco-friendly alternatives. Can you imagine the boundless opportunities that this wonder plant offers, just at the cost of a little extra awareness?

The Global Hemp Industry