Last week, team Poseidon had a chance to attend a screening of Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson's hemp documentary, Bringing it Home. In a word, wow! It is absolutely incredible to see all the ways this fantastic plant can potentially change our planet. Highly recommended viewing for any environmentalist, hemp advocate or conscious earthling!
Watch the trailer above or check out just a few of the most notable facts that we were able to jot down during the screening. (The entire film is actually full of these tidbits.)
- Hemp's relation to marijuana can be compared to the poppy seed/opium relationship--in the same family, but non-psychoactive. If only the world could understand this simple distinction!
- Hempcrete: a substance that is far healthier than dry wall (which is actually brimming over with harmful chemicals and pollutants), and much more practical.
- Hempcrete is, in fact, the world's healthiest building material. It is a "breathable" substance, and acts as an air filter / purifier for the homes with which it is built. Hempcrete holds onto carbon and pollutants as air passes through it into the home. In this sense, it's a great building material for people with allergies or sensitivities to air borne pollutants. (The film profiles a father’s journey to complete the nation’s first hemp home for chemical sensitive children.)
- Hemp with lime is a non-toxic, energy efficient, mildew, fire and pesticide resistant building material.
- Buildings made with hempcrete are actually carbon neutral or carbon negative because the hemp fibers actually absorb carbon.
- Hemp can also be used in insulation as a healthier, non-toxic alternative to that scary and dangerous pink fiberglass insulation. You don't even need gloves to apply hemp-fiber insulation.
- 50% of petroleum is used for plastics. Hemp could drastically reduce this as a material that can be used as a plastic alternative in many applications.
- The biggest impediment to the public having access to these types of hemp-derived materials is the lack of hemp processing facilities. If there were more facilities, especially in places like California where there is high interest in them, hemp-based materials could really take off.
- Hemp can also purify soil in which it grows. Planting hemp in polluted areas can actually help pull the heavy metals out of the soil.
- Hemp oil has 5 x the Omega-3s found in fish oil, and more than twice that of flax seed oil. It also has far less saturated fat than fish oil.
- Federal hemp seed in Nebraska and Ohio has <1% THC.
- Hemp crops naturally suppress weeds and returns nitrogen to the soil.
- Irrigation is rarely used cultivating industrial hemp. An established crop will have a large rooting system that allow it to extract water from deep in the soil.
- The general sentiment among some hemp legislators currently is that marijuana will be legal for adult use before hemp. Cannabis advocates for years thought it would be the other way around.
For more info, seek out the movie and visit VoteHemp.com!