The reality today is that much of our soil and air is polluted to some degree with heavy metals and it is a growing problem. Whether as a consequence of industrial waste, traffic fumes, nuclear fallout, agricultural pesticides, artificial fertilisers, fungicides, pharmaceutical residue from human waste, waste disposal, mining run off, or the toxic stuff that is trailed out of the back of aircraft we are forced to live in an increasingly toxic environment. Yet Hemp or Cannabis is a plant which seems to thrive in most soils and climate conditions and the pollutants that are toxic to us humans do not seem to affect it at all.
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Hemp is a great phytomediator, it absorbs a variety of heavy metals and toxins from the soil without apparent ill effects to itself and it does so to a greater degree than practically any other plant out there. For this reason it is often planted in contaminated areas to clean up the soil. This means that we have to be careful when we ingest it as a food or in vape form, right? But not all Hemp is created equal. Just as different strains of hemp absorb different concentrations of beneficial minerals, like iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, different strains of Hemp absorb different levels and kinds of toxic chemicals more than others. For example, certain strains are particularly good at absorbing cadmium, a toxin that can lead to bone deformities, respiratory illness, anaemia and kidney failure in humans. So where Cannabis is used as a food supplement, Hemp with poor Cadmium intake is therefore better to grow in Cadmium polluted areas.