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Compass E co WONDER CROP There’s a new miracle crop sweeping the nation and its benefits are nothing short of extraordinary. Hemp seed might be just what the doctor ordered. This non-psychoactive variety of Cannabis Sativa is turning heads and causing commotion due to the crop’s sustainable and environmentally friendly characteristics. TEXT BY ROS PRADO EASY FARMING Not only is this seed able to grow in the toughest of climates, but it can also grow in tight spaces, which translates to higher profit margins. As if all of this wasn’t enough, hemp actually improves the quality of the soil since it doesn’t require pesticides, making it possible for farmers to grow crops immediately after harvest. 60 COTTON COMPARE Hemp was used for textile in ancient China, and it’s making an encore for its comparability to cotton. Hemp is durable, which makes it the perfect material for jeans and sportswear. It also comes in a number of natural colors and requires approximately half the amount of land and water to thrive, making it a cheaper alternative. EAT UP Hemp might not have yet made it to your pantry, but its benefits are boundless. From nourishing hair and skin, to balancing hormones and inflammation, this crop is considered a superfood for its healing properties and high nutritional value. With an outstanding Omega 3 fatty acid and protein content, this seed might be exactly what your diet has been lacking. PRETTY POWERFUL Hemp oil is quickly becoming a popular beauty product because it’s full of antioxidant and hydrating fatty acids. The lipids found in this oil are similar to those found in the skin, and thus act as a natural protector and moisturizer, encouraging a radiant and soft look. Hemp oil is a great way to treat redness from psoriasis or acne while relieving dry and itchy skin.