What Is Hemp Dogbane?
Hemp is a member of the cannabis family. It’s name comes from the fact that it contains less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). That means it doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects like marijuana does. However, it still contains many other compounds such as fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals which are responsible for its medicinal properties. These include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities.
The main active compound in hemp is called cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is not psychoactive and it acts as a natural medicine. Its therapeutic effect is mainly due to its ability to prevent seizures in children with Dravet syndrome. It also helps treat epilepsy, cancer pain, anxiety disorders, glaucoma and spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis.
It is used in cosmetics, food products, pharmaceuticals and other industries. It is also being researched for use in medical devices. CBD is very popular among researchers because it has been shown to have many potential uses.
CBD has already been approved by the FDA for use in treating seizure disorders. CBD has also been studied as a treatment for various types of cancers including brain tumors and leukemia. It may even be able to fight against Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s diseases.
This compound will not make you feel stoned. However, it still has antioxidant and neuroprotective effects. It’s like the good parts of cannabis without the psychoactive effects. You can get all of the therapeutic benefits without the high.
This is a perfect solution for people who want to take advantage of the beneficial properties of marijuana but don’t want to experience any side effects.
Hemp oil can also be used in cooking, cosmetics or to make bio-diesel fuel. It has a very low amount of THC so it is legal to use in all 50 states. In fact, it’s legal to buy, sell and ship.
How Does It Stop Spreading?
Hemp is very suited for fighting weeds because it shares many of the same attributes and characteristics as them. It grows quickly, generates a lot of biomass and spreads rapidly. This makes it difficult to get rid of in the short term. Herbal ecologists believe that this fast growth and ability to regenerate is what makes it such an effective herbicide.
This plant contains a number of chemical compounds that are effective at killing many different types of plants. It also releases a lot of pollen which helps it spread even further.
Hemp seeds have a very hard shell which can make it difficult for birds and other animals to consume them. They also contain a lot of fat which helps them survive in the wild for long periods of time. Even after they have broken down, the nutrients will help feed soil organisms that will in turn help grow more hemp plants.
It’s already an invasive weed in many different regions of the world. It has a negative impact on biodiversity wherever it takes root because it out-competes native plant species for resources. It also degrades the soil quality over time.
Hemp is a plant that’s here to stay, at least for now. If we’re going to continue to thrive and grow as a species, we’re going to have to learn how to live with it.
Does it Have Any Other Benefits?
Hemp can be used as a food product for humans and animals. It’s an excellent source of protein and other vital nutrients. It can be used to make cooking oil or even beverages such as beer.
It’s also very efficient when it comes to producing mass amounts of ethanol. This is a renewable resource that can be used as an alternative fuel. It can also be used to make industrial products such as plastic, paint, varnish and insulation.
Hemp has been used to make clothing for a very long time. It’s comfortable to wear and it breathes well. It doesn’t hold on to smells and it’s often more durable than cotton.
It can also be used as fiber for paper. In fact, the very first Bible was written on hemp paper.
It’s not just the seeds that can be used. The stems, leaves and roots all have valuable purposes as well. The plant as a whole is very versatile and has benefits in many different areas.
Whichever form it takes, whether it’s hemp oil, hemp flour or hempcrete, there are many advantages to using this product instead of other materials that might be more commonly used such as plastic or Styrofoam.
What About Bio-Diesel?
Bio-diesel is an alternative fuel that can be made from a variety of organic materials. It’s typically made from animal fat or vegetable oil, but it can also be made from hemp seeds.
Unlike other petroleum-based fuels, bio-diesel is safe to use in any diesel engine. It doesn’t have any negative impact on the environment and it isn’t used up as quickly, so it’s considered to be a more sustainable fuel.
Sources & references used in this article:
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Absorption, translocation, and metabolism of 2, 4-D and glyphosate in hemp dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum) by ME Schultz, OC Burnside – Weed Science, 1980 – JSTOR
Control of hemp dogbane with foliar and soil applied herbicides by ME Schultz, OC Burnside – Agronomy Journal, 1979 – Wiley Online Library
Distribution, competition, and phenology of hemp dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum) in Nebraska by ME Schultz, OC Burnside – Weed Science, 1979 – JSTOR
Seasonal carbohydrate fluctuations in hemp dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum) crown roots by RL Becker, RS Fawcett – weed Science, 1998 – JSTOR
In vivo and in vitro characterization of the foliar entry of glyphosate in hemp dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum) by EP Richard Jr, FW Slife – Weed Science, 1979 – JSTOR
Hemp dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum) and wild blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) control in no-tillage corn (Zea mays) by S Glenn, NG Anderson – Weed Technology, 1993 – JSTOR
Absence of a role for absorption, translocation, and metabolism in differential sensitivity of hemp dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum) to two pyridine herbicides by MS Orfanedes, LM Wax, RA Liebl – Weed Science, 1993 – JSTOR
Hemp dogbane growth and control by LR Robison, LS Jeffery – Weed Science, 1972 – JSTOR