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Toxic Chemical Spill Points To Hemp Plants As Obvious Environmental And Economic Remedy​

The environmental benefits of hemp as a cover crop and remediator of soil have become very clear...

Hemp Plants May Help Chemical Spill From Ohio Train Derailment
National Transportation Safety Board, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

As I write this, concerned citizens and burdened administrations are beginning to assess and compensate for the damage (both short and long-term) related to the recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

Born and raised in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania, I was visiting family during the time of the incident. I am thankful to be just out of reach of potential environmental fallout and watershed consequences, but as many of you know, events like these are everyone’s problem. 

While neighbors of Ohio and distant states may be safe from immediate environmental repercussions, that is not to say we are out of reach of the evaporation cycle. Our ecosystem is interconnected, and so are we. 

It’s easy to turn a blind eye to circumstances that are not indirectly impacting us. It’s important that we keep the big picture in mind.

I suppose we could stand in self-righteous criticism, but who does that help?

It’s time to get into action and jump into solution– and that solution may very well may include hemp plants.

What Are Industrial Hemp Plants?

Not to be confused with the psychoactive cannabis plant, hemp, also known as industrial hemp, is a plant that is cultivated for its baste fibre and edible seeds. You may recall seeing hemp seeds for sale at your local grocery store or the rise of eco-friendly hemp clothing production and sales throughout the world. 

But there’s a problem.  

Hemp does contain small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. And even though the amount is minuscule, hemp plants got lumped into the US FDA’s Schedule 1 list along with many other plant medicines as part of the Nixon-led pseudoscience propaganda machine. 

Making these plants blanket illegal was the first tragedy that has caused many others.

How Can Hemp Plants Help a Toxic Waste Spill?

Despite hemp plants being primarily recognized for superfood production and eco-friendly clothing – hemp plants hold extremely valuable environmental benefits. Benefits that may aid in situations such as the Ohio Chemical Spill.

Thanks to the good people at Rodale Institute and others, it has become very clear what the hemp plant can do as a cover crop and remediator of soil. 

Hemp is a fast-growing crop that can be grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides, making it an eco-friendly alternative to other crops. Additionally, hemp plants have deep roots that can help prevent soil erosion and improve soil health. Hemp also absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making it a valuable tool in the fight against climate change. 

The fact is, we all rely on rail transport for the quality of life we live, so that’s probably not going anywhere any time soon. However, hemp plants are easily obtainable and present a viable solution not only for the East Palestine spill but also for the entire ecosystem.

What Can We Do to Help Increase Hemp Production?

Nearly simultaneous to the train derailment in Ohio, Pennsylvania announced a series of new initiatives to facilitate more cultivation of hemp plants in the state.

While this is not the first go-round with PA promoting hemp cultivation, a growing number of Inner Circle members are optimistic that we can help to ensure hemp is here to stay. More on this in a bit.

Hemp represents a lucrative opportunity for visionary entrepreneurs, statesmen, and concerned citizens who are committed to remedying the damage caused by misguided policies over the past half-century. As a group, there is much we can do to support this sustainable cash crop.

Here are three ways we can make a positive impact: ​

  1. Exercise your purchasing power by choosing local and sustainable products that contain hemp. 
  2. Invest In Hemp Initiatives and leverage your position to connect growers, manufacturers, big thinkers and marketers. It’s likely that your state has its own hemp initiatives and grant money available. 
  3. Consider your legacy and the positive impact you can make through your time, skills and passion. Do not underestimate the value of your contributions to this important cause.  


Your voice matters more than you might realize. 

Join Our Team of Vetted Industry Leaders

If you like and appreciate straightforward conversation with action-takers and difference-makers, you might appreciate a membership with Inner Circle. 

As a founding member of Inner Circle, we are committed to building strong businesses in the emerging plant medicine industries. Basically, any compound or plant that was placed on the US FDA’s Schedule 1 list as part of the Nixon-led pseudoscience propaganda machine. You can read about our mission here.

At Inner Circle, in many ways, we teach leaders how to turn tragedy into profitable growth opportunities.

We are an application-only network of business owners, leaders, and plant medicine advocates committed to the legitimization and de-criminalization of these life-changing compounds and plants. 

Inner Circle members enjoy regular and direct access to industry pioneers, proven best practices, and bleeding-edge tools that allow us to legally accept payments and responsibly promote businesses in many of these restricted industries.

This opportunity is ours to cultivate. It won’t be easy, but few things worthwhile are. 

Our industry needs your voice, let’s act now and help reduce/eliminate the need to ship toxic chemicals over long distances. 

You never know, next time it could be in your backyard.

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Kyle Dammann

Kyle Dammann

Kyle Dammann is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, team builder, and automation expert. After a family member fell into a life-threatening addiction to prescription medication and his own experiences with plant medicine, he decided to dedicate his time and skills to legitimizing and accelerating the birth of the plant medicine industry. Kyle believes that access to nature’s pharmacy is a fundamental human right and that all adults should have safe, reliable access to these proven and safe compounds.

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