Is the growth in CBD sales the best thing that could have happened for climate change?
Is reforestation a viable solution for climate change?
Most of us will know that as trees grow they absorb C02, the gas which is driving Global warming, and according to research from one new study by carrying out a tree planting programme across the world, we could remove two thirds of all emissions in the atmosphere.
Even if you are a climate change sceptic, a tree-planting programme would also solve the issues of mass extinction and environmental pollution, which is a major causes of heath problems such as asthma and lung cancer.
On top of that, biodiversity can actually impact ecosystems as much as climate change and pollution according to one study. Picture it like this; Forests shelter the plants below as well as animals, allowing them to thrive. The trees also remove particulate matter on the surfaces of plants helping them to survive.
How many trees would we need to Plant to help tackle climate change?
Its estimated that we would need to plant 1 trillion trees and that we have 1.7 billion hectares of available land across the planet that would be suitable locations for the trees.
It’s also estimated that we could plant 1 trillion trees at a cost of as little as $300 billion. The only problem is that tree growth is extremely slow.
Up steps the Hemp Plant.
What does this have to do With CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is quickly becoming one of the fastest selling wellbeing products in history. Lauded for its potential to help treat a number of ailments from epilepsy to anxiety and low mood, it is beginning to show up everywhere.
If demand for CBD continues to skyrocket and the UK government grant more permits for growing Hemp then we could see a huge increase in the number of farmers choosing to grow this extremely versatile and environmentally friendly plant. So good for the environment in fact that it could be a game changer in helping fight climate change.
Why is Hemp useful for the Environment?
Hemp is a very fast growing plant. It can reach a height of 13 feet and typically gets to maximum height in roughly 100 days so can be cultivated 3 to 4 times per year, which in comparison with a growth period of 20-100 years for most wooden trees is very quick. On top of that it doesn’t require much water to grow, meaning it can even be grown in difficult soil conditions and can even improve soil conditions meaning future growth can occur.
It also absorbs a huge amount of CO2. More than its own body weight actually which can help remove the main driver of global warming from the atmosphere.
For every 1 tonne of hemp, 1.63 tonnes of C02 is removed from the atmosphere.
In the UK approximately half of our total emissions come from the construction industry. With a large proportion of that coming from construction materials (roughly 50 million tonnes) that we use. Hemp can be used in many different ways for construction, and building materials are one major way it could help the industry become more sustainable.
Nearly everyone’s heard of hemp Crete by now. Hempcrete uses hemp as an alternative to concrete. In addition to being fully recyclable and biodegradable it’s also a high quality building material. Its excellent at storing heat and is mould, insect and fire resistant also but the biggest benefit is its 20% cheaper than using concrete.