Cousin to marijuana but with little or no THC, hemp is a wonder plant with more than 2500 uses.
■ bio fuel
■ housing construction (walls, floors, insulation. Its thermal properties keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter makes for a natural alternative to bricks with houses lasting up to 800 years. It’s breathable and regulates humidity and avoid mold growth).
■ nutrition (High in fatty and amino acids, the seeds of hemp can be eaten in salads, as a nut, make oil or flour)
■ oils and lotions
■ paint and other oil based products (hemp is non toxic and environmentally friendly)
■ dietary supplement for pets or bedding material
■ fishing nets
■ canvas (using hempcrete instead of traditional canvas tents
would give a superior product in that it is breathable and renewable.
With its high pollen count hemp is a firm favourite with bees and other pollinators.
For the KAZA park region Hemp could have a major impact on land rehabilitation, with its deep root system, fast growing and not affected by the toxins in the air.
Hemp is fast growing reaching 14 feet in 14 weeks (hemp is distinguished from marijuana by its height). In sub tropical climates up to 3 crops a year can be harvested.
Needs no pesticides and little fertiliser or irrigation. Studies have shown that building say 900 homes using industrial hemp some 45 000 tons of C02 could be saved during the process. Releasing oxygen into the air and a carbon eater of note.
Imagine the green homes of the future using hemp fibres mixed with lime for walls, floors, paving and home insulation.