How Hemp Could Impact Our Environment And Economy

Hemp and Sky
Hemp and Sky

Hemp is not a new plant discovered before the drug wars began. This plant has been linked to the beginning of civilization.

Its first recorded use dates back to 2800 BCE in China. People quickly caught on to the fact that this plant was very useful from its seed to its fiber. The use of hemp grew around the globe until people became dependent upon it for its versatility of usage.

For 1000’s of years this plant was used for many products and traded or sold globally. Being heavily relied upon, hemp became mandatory to grow hemp in many places, including the United States.

Over the years, people found that hemp fibers were not only very strong but also very versatile in use. The fibers were used for making clothing, paper, rope, sails, netting, and more.

Hemp fiber was relied upon for its durability in harsh weather conditions, and salty sea and ocean air. It was one of the only fibers that could withstand so much natural abuse.

The seeds also were used for more than just planting more hemp. Hemp oil is made from the seeds. This can be used in so many products from food to health and beauty products, even fuel and other industrial oils can be made.

And then there is the oil that comes from the plant’s flowers and leaves, this oil was used medicinally and is recorded as being a wonderous plant ages ago.

The possibilities are seemingly endless as to what we can do with hemp. There are well over 25,000 products that can be made from the plant.

That being said it brings me to the point of my article.

How can hemp help our environment and our economy?

Hemp and The Environment

You may be asking yourself, how on earth is Hemp, of all things, going to help our environment?

Stack of Logs (Trees)
Stack of Logs (Trees)

Well, let’s see, with our current situation with trees being clear-cut for paper and building materials, we will run out of trees within the next 50 years. This is catastrophic!

Trees provide the very oxygen we breathe every second of every day. They also provide shade for us, and shelter for countless animals and insects that are vital to our survival. Without trees, we will perish very shortly thereafter.

We can replace the use of trees with using hemp in every single application in which trees are used. Hemp grows at much faster rates than trees, therefore it is more economically viable to cultivate hemp versus cutting every single tree down.

Hemp fibers make a higher quality paper and produce about 4 times more product per acre, than wood. And, hemp grows at a much faster rate than trees do. Industrial hemp can also be used for making very strong construction materials.

Then there are the oil companies drilling precious irreplaceable fossil fuels from our Earth’s core, this has got to have some major repercussions to pay for.

These companies not only produce toxic gases, but they are also the leaders in non-biodegradable plastics that are smothering our planet every day.

Oil Drilling Rig
Oil Drilling Rig

We can make fuel and plastic from the hemp plant. Biodiesel, Methanol, and Ethanol can all be made from Hemp.

Yes, you read that correctly, fuels of all sorts. Hemp truly is amazing all the way around.

Using this plant for fuel for our vehicles and warming our homes is much safer all the way around. It is safer to store and transport as well. The exhaust from hemp fuel is cleaner and better for the environment than our current petroleum exhaust is.

Crop Dusting Plane
Crop Dusting Plane

And then there is the cotton industry poisoning our environment by being the biggest user of pesticides and herbicides in the United States. This is killing off honey bees at an alarming rate, and the Lord knows how much damage these poisons are doing to other insects and small animals that are vital to our ecosystem.

Of course, there are other growers using pesticides and herbicides, but cotton, I make an example of, because of the high amounts of poison used, 84 million pounds per year to be exact.

Why Hemp Is The Better Alternative

Industrial hemp can be grown without pesticides or herbicides. This is because not many pests are drawn to hemp as its fibers are too tough to bite through to get to the tender yummy pulp.

No weed killers need to be used for industrial hemp as it is planted so close together. Thus, not leaving room or nutrients for competitive weeds to grow.

Hemp Plant
Hemp Plant

Hemp can make all the products I have mentioned above and more.

We can grow a plant that can replace the fossil fuel industry, lumber industry, and the cotton industry, all very successfully even.

We don’t need to rob the planet of all of its natural resources when we can grow our own.

We should be using these products, they are better for our environment, before during, and post-use.

Hemp produces more oxygen and cleans more dirty air than most plants. Growing this on a large scale in the US, and the world would be highly beneficial, and then, in turn, using it for all the above products and more!

In the long run, industrial hemp is very renewable, and very useful, and naturally biodegradable products can be made from it.

In our current state, we still have to do our part by cutting consumption and upgrading our recycling habits.

This planet can be saved if people just wake up and listen.

Hemp’s Possible Effects On The Economy

This is very simple to explain. Suppose farmers are allowed to grow industrial hemp and medicinal hemp. This creates jobs for harvesting and processing hemp for sale, and even more jobs are created for the manufacturing and selling of the products we demand such as paper, fuel, oil, food, clothing, textiles, and much more.

We would have more American-made products in our stores and be supporting the American economy very successfully!

Our founding fathers were very correct when they said that hemp is the backbone of our country. They all grew it and utilized it to its fullest potential at the time, and it offered a lot back then. So much that it was mandatory to grow and you could pay your taxes with it as well.

Somehow over time with fear of competition and bad politics, hemp became illegal. With its comeback, we need to take full advantage of what this plant has to offer. Hemp has the potential to be a game-changer for sure.

How Can We Help As Consumers?

Go Green (cross walk symbol)
crosswalk symbol

We can stop this with the simple act of shopping. How can we stop this by shopping you ask?

Well, think about your next purchases, are you buying hemp-made paper? Do you wear hemp clothing, are you buying fuel that is made from petroleum?

What is your water bottle made of? The house you’re constructing; is it going to consist of wood harvested from the forest or hemp-based products.

Do you recycle, or try to cut your consumption of disposable products to lessen the load of the landfills? There are so many ways that our spending choices directly affect our environment.

We as consumers must make a choice and soon! We have a lot to do for our environment and our time is running out.

I would love to hear your comments and opinions on this topic. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

As always, thank you for reading my article.

Stacie Fortson

Go Green With Hemp

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  • Ola

    This is a great and simple to follow guide on how hemp could impact our environment.

    You laid it all out clearly and showed series of examples that helped emphasize your various points. This guide will be very useful for me. I have always thought hemp is dissatrous; I don’t know it has a lot of benefits this much. This is the most comprehensive review I have ever read and its obvious the pros outweighs its cons

    • Stacie Fortson

      Thank you for visiting my site and reading my article.

      I am glad I could change your opinion of Hemp, it has so many uses and would be a very beneficial renewable resource to tap into.

      It got it’s dirty name from fear of competition and bad politics, being lumped in with Marijuana during the drug wars was very intentional. Helping to clear it’s name and get people to open their eyes and demand this plant be used is my goal.

      I hope to see you stop by again, I will have more articles covering the uses and benefits of Hemp.


  • Chris

    This article is very interesting. I knew about hemp from marijuana. I had absolutely no idea that it could be used for so many positive things. I appreciate your insight on hemp. You are doing what need to be done. Get out to the public the positive side of hemp. I know its a good plant but of course our government want to make it such a negative because people smoke it. Even smoking it is not a bad thing either. Keep up the good work and keep us informed on products that are good for us.

    • Stacie Fortson

      Thank you for visiting my site and reading my article. I am glad it helped educate you on Hemp and its uses.

      This plant has gotten a bad reputation from the fear of competition and bad politics, and was very intentionally drug through the mud to eliminate it’s use and create fear of the plant so people would not want to use it again.

      I will have more educational articles on Hemp, please feel free to stop back any time. Don’t forget that I also have links to Hemp made products available for purchase.


  • Mikay2019

    This is a very insightful post. The impression most people have about Hemp is quite negative, not even quite – we have negative impression about Hemp. Apart from the its great benefits to making wooden by-products like papers, hemp growing seems to be a good plant to grow because of its natural resistance to pests

    • Stacie Fortson

      Thank you for visiting my site!

      I am glad I could help you see the positive side of Hemp. This plant  has so many uses and can only benefit us by using it. 

      Hemp got a bad name when it was linked to Marijuana, this was done on purpose to shut down the growth and production of this plant, as it offered way too much competition and was the safer alternative.

      Thanks for reading this article and I hope you stop by to check out more.


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