How hemp is being used to clean up toxic chemical waste

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We all know that plants leach nutrients from the soil, but did you ever think about a plant being used to leach chemicals from soil? Farmers have used rotation crops for years to reintroduce nutrients into soil after one crop has taken them out. But now science is using that knowledge to clean chemicals and heavy toxins from our soil. But what plant can do that? The answer is hemp. The process is called “phytoremediation”. This process uses plants to remove heavy metals, radioactive material, and other bad compounds from the earth.

Industrial hemp has been used to clean up deadly pollutants before. The most famous use of industrial hemp for phytoremediation was near the site of the deadly nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, Ukraine. In the mid-1990s, a company named Phytotech worked with researchers and a Ukraine-based seed bank to plant thousands of hemp plants in and around Chernobyl.

Phytoremediation is a relatively new process, but it is very helpful. Hemp is one of the best plants to use in phytoremediation since it grows quickly, has deep roots, and doesn’t appear to be stunted by pollution, and it can literally grow anywhere.

But that doesn’t mean all those hemp plants go to waste. Once the plant has removed toxic chemicals from the soil, it can still be put to use. Hemp can be converted into oil for lubrication, plastics or other industrial purposes. It can be used as insulation, and it can even be used as paper or construction material such as bricks. Most of the heavy metals appear to accumulate in the leaves of hemp, so it is best to use the stalks or seeds for production.

This just proves our mission to demystify this amazing plant and all the potential it has environmentally, medically, and industrially.

However, knowing that hemp can be used to “clean” soil and air, consider your source when buying ingestible CBD products. Hemp grows anywhere, literally, however, the quality is heavily reliant on its growing factors such as light, water, and soil and air quality. So, if you’re consuming hemp products that were grown in chemically charged soil, you are then consuming a chemically charged product. Be your own advocate and know your source and always check for Certificates of Analysis.

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Heather Wiskes
Heather Wiskes is the CEO of Get Me Some Green Apothecary, HQ in Matthews, NC. It's a local hempapheutical CBD company servicing the entire east coast with hemp-derived products and education. She works with healthcare providers to educate them and work together to offer their patients alternative methods for treating disease and discomfort. When requested we provide direct client coaching to help navigate a personas individual needs. We offer education in the form of Continuing Education for the healthcare community as well as seminars for both HP's and the community on CBD (Cannabidiol) what it is and what it is being used for. Get Me Some Green Apothecary Medi+CBD is on a mission to demystify the most powerful plant in the world paving the way for how CBD is being used with healthcare and within the community through a knowledge-based approach.