Hemp is Effective in Cleaning Nuclear Disasters

Hemp is Effective in Cleaning Nuclear Disasters

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The modest hemp plant may be one of our most useful tools in handling nuclear disasters.

Most people, especially cannabis advocates, understand that hemp is an incredibly diverse and useful plant, which produces thousands of products; even things like hempcrete – concrete made almost exclusively from hemp, which is actually stronger than typical concrete. However, few people understand how useful hemp can be in something as drastically important as cleaning up nuclear disaster sites. Recent research has indicated that hemp is one of the most useful plants we have for phytoremediation, which is the process of cleaning areas suffering from nuclear or chemical contamination, by using plants to absorb the toxins out of the soil and water.

Hemp is being found to be one of the most effective plants for this process, and has been used to clean contaminated soil around the world, at locations like Chernobyl. Given that hemp is a fairly-easily produced annual crop that can grow almost anywhere, it could forever change how effective we are at handling nuclear disasters.

Some states are taking notice of hemp’s possibility when being used in this process. Recently Hawaii’s House of Representatives, and two Senate committees, all voted unanimously (yes, all of them) to approve HB 154 HD2, a measure which would establish a two year industrial hemp research program that would examine hemp’s effectiveness in phytoremediation (as well as bio-fuel). Other states, such as Colorado, are discussing similar measures.

Hemp’s use in phytoremediation is just another example of its intense and unrivaled diversity.

TheJointBlog

17 Comments

  • Brent
    May 5, 2013

    Excuse me… now WHICH ‘hempcrete’ product is, “… made almost exclusively from hemp,”?

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2013

      They make building blocks from hemp and of course houses that are stronger and better , all the information is on YouTube

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2013

      Henry Ford used to make cars with hemp he used to grow his own hemp there are a 1000 uses for hemp made be more watch ‘ when we grow’

  • steve
    May 6, 2013

    We know a lot of good about the plant Cannabis,and a lot we don’t know it needs to be researched a little more and that’s what gets me our economy as bad as it is and gonna get worse so why don’t the dumb ass’es c that and use hemp,MMJ,and legalize rec use,what I don’t get is busting small time tokers,growers,etc.I am dumbfounded why the drug czar would not want to help get America back on our feet and hemp would help,even some of the 1%ers r in favor of legalize it now,,

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2013

      Hemp is not cannabis it is completely different why do you not research it properly ?

  • Anonymous
    May 6, 2013

    the dna of cannabis cant be modified until today, maybe thats why 😉

  • Anonymous
    May 6, 2013

    finally people are getting it

  • citizenzombie
    May 7, 2013

    Any way of getting a Japanese translation of this?

  • Anonymous
    May 14, 2013

    Positive step for our world..

  • J
    May 14, 2013

    BUT – will that hemp then be unfit for human consumption? Hemp is a superfood as well. I would hope they test that.

  • CannabisTV
    May 15, 2013

    J, I’m taking the Oregon State University WSE266 course for Industrial Hemp Agronomy, the first accredited course on hemp in America. We’ve learned a bit about phytoremediation using hemp, and the hemp used for soil cleanup is NOT approved for food use in Canada, where hemp is currently legal. The hemp CAN be used for non-food purposes though. The most likely application would be hempcrete.

    Since the hemp plant actually changes the chemical composition of the toxins it absorbs, it renders those toxins inert, so it’s not going to be a danger to breathe or touch. If the plants were cut down and processed into hempcrete, it could then be used to build a house, which would continue to absorb CO2 from teh air and lock away carbon, helping to reduce greenhouse gases, not to mention that building with hemp doesn’t pollute CO2 in the first place, so that makes it “carbon negative”.

  • Danna Duenad
    May 18, 2013

    Please wake up people.We have almost destroyed our natural rainforest.Our oceans and Gods creatures are becoming extinct.THERE ARE BETTER ECO HELPING ,AN AVAILABLE MEANS WITHIN OUR REACH..WE HAVE TO START NOE WE CA.T CONTINUE COMPLETLY DESTROY ..WHAT WE’VE ALREADY DESTROYED OR HAVE DAMAGED.I WOULD LIKE FOR MY GRANDSONS AND THEIR CHILDREN TO SEE A TREE, TO PLAY ON GRASS .TO BREATH AIR.MAYBE IF WE HAD A BIG LEGACY FOR PREVENTIO. AN SAVING LIKE GREEN PEACE ,SOME PF YOU UNEFUCATED OR UNCARING PEOPLE MIGHT TAKE NOTICE. MY QUESTION IS WHAT KIND OF ENVIROMENT DO YOU WISH TO LEAVE FOR YOUR GENERATIONS TO COME…..SO THINK ABOUT THAT

  • Ulrika
    May 23, 2013

    Then we can feed the contaminated hemp to corrupted bankers and stupid, shortsighted politicians to extinct them 🙂

  • Mátyás István
    May 23, 2013

    A mezőgazdaságban is gyakran használják,napraforgók és kukorica közé ültetik.Gryllotalpa ellenszere nem rágja meg a gyökereket.

  • rev.charley p Fawcett
    May 23, 2013

    And I agree whole hartedly with this statement
    and I indorce and support. This notion. Amen.

  • Sam H
    September 8, 2013

    When I hear about how hemp can help clean up nuclear waste, can be used to make carbon nanotubes at a fraction of the cost of current methods, about how it can be used to build, wear and heal, it sometimes seems like evidence of intelligent design. Now I’m an atheist and all, but sometimes I just think, if there is a God, then he gave us a helping hand, one plant that can do so much for us, something to have at our sides at all time, it’s like we were made to coexist. Peace <3

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