I think that a lot of people (80% of the UK population) are now familiar with the fact that Cannabis isn't just about smoking a sneaky spliff behind locked doors. Cannabinoids have been available as a whole host of oils, pastes, balms, bodily preparations, edibles, and drinkables for a few years. The world is opening up to its potential beyond that again.
It can be made into fabrics, rope, plastics, building materials, household products, animal bedding, wood burner logs, and even electrical batteries! The list is endless with over 20,000 individual items.
When FEG goes to events, we set aside a table with examples of some of the aforementioned products with information banners. We talk about the advantages and many uses. We get asked questions as to why it's not prevalent. The answer is that it's about finding or even creating the processing plants and the costs involved switching over.
Farmers in the UK want to diversify and grow hemp, but because of antiquated hemp licensing laws, find that they cannot sell hemp to British companies. They have to discard the leaf and flowers and end up sending the stalk and seed to process in overseas companies. It's a crying shame!
HempTank is the UK’s think tank on hemp policy development spearheaded by Guy Coxall. They have utilised the greatest minds within the hemp industry and the medicinal cannabis science community and are committed to guiding policy and breaking down barriers that are currently preventing this plant from being utilised for its many industrial, nutritional and medicinal properties.
They will be creating a historical event which will see sustainable industry across the UK, creating hemp paper, hemp plastics, hemp clothing, and many others. You will be helping to protect the CBD industry and the emergence of the medical cannabis industry.
Scientific climate data shows that the plant has entered the sixth mass extinction (losing 60% of our wildlife since 1970). We have very little time in which to create a carbon zero economy. Hemp can be the catalyst for creating a Green Industrial Revolution in a short space of time.
Imagine a future with a green industry that is ethical, responsible, non-corporate and led by the people of Great Britain.
Together we can do this.
"Hemp is the most versatile plant on the planet. It grows throughout the world and has been used as an agricultural crop for 12,000 years. Hemp is commonly seen throughout our history and heritage. The Gutenberg Bible (15th Century) and the King James Bible (17th Century) were printed on hemp paper; our rich history of art was painted on hemp canvas. The Royal Navy would not have been able to circumnavigate the globe without ropes and sails made from hemp.
"Hemp is by far the most valuable industrial crop we have and by switching to hemp, we can help towards many of the world’s problems:
- Hemp yields 4 times the output of trees for paper. Nobody likes deforestation; we can stop over 40% of this destruction by switching to hemp paper.
- Hemp plastics can be compostable, unlike fossil fuel versions we currently use which break down and bio-accumulate in the food chain and the oceans. We want to see toxic packaging replaced with hemp.
- Hemp can replace most fossil fuel products from fuel and lubricants to paints and varnishes.
- Hemp clothes are 4 times stronger than cotton. Most cotton is GM, growing it uses 50% of the world’s agricultural water, 25% of all pesticides and it uses herbicides which poison the soil. Hemp requires none of this; it can be grown organically on marginal land, it accumulates minerals in the soil and it breaks up the soil.
- Hempcrete can be used as a replacement for concrete to build carbon negative, non-toxic homes. The growth of hemp and the process absorbs carbon compared to concrete which releases 1.5 tons of CO2 per ton.
- Hemp insulation can replace poisonous asbestos / plastic products.
- Hemp seeds and oil contain omegas 3, 6 and 9 essential & non-essential fatty acids and produce more easily absorbed protein than any other crop.
- The HempChar project is a research project designed to restore our soils for food security for future generations. Hemp as a rotation crop, combined with biochar production, can draw down carbon from the atmosphere and re-build our soil health.
- Hemp can be used for phytoremediation as it absorbs toxins, heavy metals and even radiation from the soil. Hemp was grown on a massive scale following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster for this reason.
"You can walk into any large supermarket today and buy hemp seed, hemp seed oil, and hemp milk. You can buy hemp clothing, hemp paper, hemp cars, and hemp building materials. So why is it, that hemp is the only industrial crop that needs a license from the Home Office?
"The re-emergence of the hemp industry, here in the UK, and around the globe is a historical, radical shift towards a sustainable Green Industrial Revolution. The public is demanding change. The evidence is clear that petrochemical products, toxic building materials, cotton, tree paper, and poor nutrition are leading us towards an irreversible shift which is poisoning our lands, our people, destroying our forests and polluting our oceans.
"The versatile nature of hemp has the potential to replace these toxic industries and provide our children with hope for the future."