Can Hemp Save the World?

On its own, hemp seed contains the human daily requirement for protein. It is the healthiest meat alternatives and can prevent protein-energy malnutrition, the most deadly form of hunger afflicting world populations. Hemp seeds are high in protein and calories, making it a potential staple for starving countries. It provides essential amino acids, while developing and maintaining muscles.

Because hemp seeds are an amino- and vitamin-rich protein, they are among the most nutritionally dense foods on earth. They are edible as is or can be roasted or shelled and eaten as “hemp hearts.” They can be ground into flour, pressed into oil, or sprinkled over other foods like salads or yogurt.

You can buy hemp milk at your local supermarket, or if it does not stock it, you can make your own by throwing two cups of water into a blender with half a cup of hemp seeds. Blend and sweeten to taste.

Because people can use hemp for just about everything, including paper, it can become a profitable cash crop to replace the need for slower growing trees. Eliminating the need to cut down forests is the best way to protect them, and if countries cultivate hemp, they can use it to make paper and most other products made from wood. It can also speed the replacement rate of trees already cut down.

By being a source material for paper and even building materials, hemp can literally save the world’s forests, which is far wiser for earth and her inhabitants. A single acre of hemp can produce the same amount of paper a year as four acres of trees.

Hemp stalks provide an excellent source of fibrous material for making composite panels of all shapes, sizes, and functions, from doors to floors, car parts, window frames, and everything between. It acts as a reinforcement for thermoplastics, such as polypropylene. It is ideally suited for making a wide array of plastic consumer products, and it is customizable to meet various systems and specifications. Hemp is cheap to produce and an ideal replacement for glass fiber. It is easier to mold and weighs less than most other materials for composite paneling.