When we think of the Uses of Hemp, we usually think about clothing, textiles, paper, and building materials, but there’s one invaluable task that hemp can be used for – saving forests.
Kenya suffers from rampant deforestation, due to its logging industry and unabated climate change. As a result, Kenya has been experiencing numerous environmental catastrophes, such as landslides and drought.
To remedy this environmental crisis, the long-term solution is to plant trees, but it takes at least a decade for the benefits of reforestation to be felt. So what can be done in the interim?
The answer is simple. Plant hemp. Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, but it doesn’t contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), to give the psychoactive effect like its cousin, marijuana.
Hemp has thousands of other uses, and it’s easy and fast to grow. It takes only 5-7 months for a hemp crop to be ready for harvest. It doesn’t need pesticides or herbicides and it can grow anywhere.
Most importantly for Kenya, it can be used as firewood, and is actually more usable than wood.
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