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Cannabis plants could be the missing player in human's fight against climate change, as hemp can absorb carbon dioxide from the air more than twice as effectively as trees.

Numerous studies have shown that hemp captures up to 16 tons of greenhouse gas annually, while trees suck up about six tons.

The carbon dioxide also becomes permanently encased within hemp fibers that are used in a range of products - from textiles to medicines and car parts.

Hudson Carbon, a New York research center that studies carbon storage, found that one acre of cannabis plants can store up to three tons of carbon, removing more than seven tons from the atmosphere.

Numerous studies have shown that hemp captures up to 16 tons of greenhouse gas annually, while trees suck up about six tons. And the plant grows much faster than trees

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While the US only accounts for five percent of the global population, the nation is responsible for 28 percent of the world's carbon emissions.

Ben Dobson, founder and president of Hudson Carbon in Hudson, told Lancaster Farming: 'Roughly speaking, if [the US] did 50 million acres of hemp, we would be sequestering a couple hundred million tons of carbon per year on that acreage.'

Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant but contains deficient levels of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compared to marijuana, which is another variety.

The plant is considered 'nature's purifying,' pulling toxins from the air and permanently trapping them within its fibers, Pebble Mag reports.

And it also absorbs carbon from the air as it grows, making it a carbon-negative crop.

Other crops, such as cotton, need at least 1,500 gallons of water for every pound produced.

At the same time, hemp requires less than half yet creates more than 200 percent more fibers on the same land, according to Rebekah Shaman, Managing Director at the British Hemp Alliance.

With approximately 50 million acres of hemp, a couple hundred million tons of carbon per year on that acreage, experts believe

Hemp is also an incredibly fast-growing plant, taking just four months to reach maturity.

The plant has become a significant source of bioplastics, construction and biofuels. 

Previous studies have found that '600 million tons of [construction and demolition] debris were generated in the United States in 2018, which is more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste.' 

Along with purifying the air of greenhouse gas, cannabis plants absorb carcinogenic heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium from soils, which is suitable for crops used for food - but dangerous for people who ingest the plants.

Researchers in Pennsylvania have conducted a 'meta-analysis' of previous studies to examine the ability of cannabis plants to absorb heavy metals.

They report that some cannabis strains have been bred specifically for 'phytoremediation' – growing plants to remove pollutants from soils.

But this risks heavy metals seeping into cannabis crops later harvested and smoked by humans, potentially causing cancer and neurological issues. 

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My Target price code hack will help save you cash over the holidays – and you’ll never pay more than Amazon prices

A SHOPPER has revealed their clever price code hack to use at Target that will help you save cash over the holidays.

The TikToker has shared valuable tips for shopping for your Christmas presents at Target and promises you will never pay more than Amazon prices.

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The clever shopper posted a clip on TikTok captioned: "Get your holiday shopping done early this year! Are you ready for the holidays?"

He then explains you can get the same products for lower prices at the store just by making sure you check price matches.

He says: "First if you buy anything at Target and it drops in price before December 24th you can get a price match.

"And yes, this includes Black Friday deals.

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"Next, Target actually price matches a bunch of competitors, including Walmart Costco and Amazon.

"So now you can get the perks at being at Target while still getting the lowest price possible

At the end of the clip, the TikToker shares a list of online competitors that Target matches prices including Apple, Kmart, Walgreens and Walmart.

Meanwhile, a bargain hunter who stumbled on a Dollar Tree Plus says there's more decor and a whole ‘up to $5’ aisle.

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