Earth Day is a great time to check in with yourself and think about what you can do to better support this heavenly body we all occupy. That could mean actually taking the time to properly recycle, or choosing public transit over Uber. Another (and frankly, more fun) way to celebrate our planet is by consciously supporting the cannabis brands that prioritize environmental stewardship.
But there is also a bigger picture to consider.
One look at the long-term environmental impact of growing cannabis shows the importance of everyone – especially those in the industry – doing their part in making the health of the earth a priority. There are many different ways for big companies to practice sustainability – and as a consumer, you can join the action by throwing away single-use vape cartridges or buying your Bud from a local source. Some critics believe the family farm could herald a greener future for cannabis, while others hope for more responsible cannabis cultivation on a larger scale. Regardless of the outcome, cannabis (and the cannabis industry) can still be part of the plan to keep the earth happy and healthy.
Curious how cannabis itself can increase the wellbeing of our planet? Check out some of these ways this plant can make a positive difference not just on Earth Day but well into the future.
Hemp offers sustainable, alternative goods
From textiles and paper to housing, food and fuel, there are so many uses for hemp that could completely change the way everyday items are made and consumed forever.
Hemp is easy to grow, legal fresh, and best of all. It’s a waste-free plant: from the seeds that can be eaten or used in wellness products, to the stems that can be turned into hemp concrete, a building material that can be used to build eco-friendly homes.
Growing cannabis outdoors can help reverse climate change
There are mindful ways to grow cannabis that can actually help the environment. Farms like Beija Flor in southern Mendocino County that use a carbon sequestration model make a big difference. Plants that trap carbon dioxide in the atmosphere help mitigate or delay global warming and reduce the impact of climate change.
Carbon sequestration occurs naturally in trees and plants, but the deliberate use of cannabis as a tool to improve the planet could only play a vital role.
Legal grows help save energy and water
In states where cultivators cannot legally grow cannabis, they are forced to use secret methods that can cause significant environmental damage. This fallout can lead to severe water scarcity, massive carbon emissions, and total energy waste. Legalization would have a significant impact on reducing the number of illegal crops that harm and drain the planet’s resources.
Coupled with the advent of advanced techniques like drywall, a cultivation technique that uses no water at all, there is hope that legal cultivation can further reduce the carbon footprint.
Hemp can revive damaged soil
Hemp can replenish the nutrients in the soil through a process called bioremediation that cleans up environmental pollutants and toxins. This means the plant can be used to reverse previous damage – a trait that could have a significant impact on the future of agriculture and cultivation. Because of its clear, contaminated soil with metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil and other dangerous substances, it is even referred to as a “miracle culture”.
Hemp can help stop premature deforestation
The permanent destruction of forests for the manufacture of paper products or building materials has caused irreparable damage to trees on the planet. Not only does hemp grow much faster than trees, it also requires much less hemp to produce the same amount of goods. This makes it an excellent raw alternative for wood and paper.