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Can Hemp Clean up the Earth?

By APHAman following x   2018 Jun 12, 7:05am 316 views   1 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/hemp-clean-up-earth-sustainability-w521287


Stonehouse wanted to find out if hemp could handle the selenium. If the plants thrived, it would be an important first step towards proving claims that industrial hemp naturally cleans soils contaminated with a multitude of toxic substances – a process known as "bioremediation" or "phytoremediation." The next step will be to discover just how much of the selenium the plants extract, and where the mineral ends up – in the plants' roots, stems, seeds or flowers.


Stonehouse and his advisor, CSU professor Elizabeth Pilon-Smits, plan to publish their results this summer. But the early indications are promising. The hemp was "super tolerant" of the selenium, says Stonehouse. Not a single plant died, and only a few, exposed to the highest doses, showed signs of stress.

The implications of the experiment go beyond just the potential for healthier soil. As humans have known for thousands of years, hemp is a plant that boasts abundant industrial, nutritive and medicinal properties. You can eat its seeds, treat pain and inflammation with its oils and make clothing, rope and paper from its fibers. And now, in the 21st century, we're discovering that it can perform like a kind of a toxic-substance vacuum cleaner too?
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