Hemp: the perpetually misunderstood cousin of the cannabis plant.
Hemp has been around for thousands of years, being used for medicine, textiles, food, and other daily living needs.
Recently, the cannabis plant (including hemp) has received a lot of attention for its rediscovered health benefits, effects on the body, and industrial uses.
Here are 3 things that might be less known about hemp:
1) Hemp is completely non-psychoactive, with only minuscule amounts of THC, meaning you cannot get high from it. You couldn't and wouldn't want to smoke hemp because there's nothing within the hemp plant that allows for that, unlike hemp's cousin "marijuana" which produces flowering buds, the stuff you smoke or ingest to get high.
This is how we within the U.S. have been able to legally purchase hemp products, clothing, foods, skin care, etc. due to these things not containing THC (and being grown in countries that allow for its growth and import here.)
While hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, it remains federally illegal to grow in the U.S. despite a few states passing legislation allowing for its growth.
2) Hemp has grown wildly on its own for thousands of years. It was cultivated in many early civilizations for numerous uses including medicine, fiber, and in ritual ceremonies.
Hemp was found to be one of the most desired crops to grow in the New World, its benefits and profitability widely publicized up into the 19th century.
Its uses spread up until the early 1930s, found in most medicine cabinets and threatening to disrupt the booming cotton, timber, and fuel industries. One of the last attempts to use hemp was during the Second World War when the government lifted the penalties for its use so that it might once again aid in making durable war products.
After WWII, hemp became illegal again in all its forms.
3) Hemp is one of the most resourceful crops to grow. It requires less water and land to grow and it is naturally pest resistant, making the need for herbicides and fungicides relatively nonexistent.
It is a most resilient crop, permitting growth in various climates. In addition, hemp is capable of extracting pollutants from the soil, in one instance being used at the infamous nuclear meltdown site, Chernobyl. (This fact is important to know when choosing what hemp or cannabis products to use, internally or externally.)
The desire to begin utilizing hemp in America again is driven by the potential job market, the products to be made, and the profits to collect.
Hemp can be made into everything from recyclable paper, nutrient dense food products, and even car panels, dashboards and "hempcrete", an energy efficient, nontoxic, mold resistant home building material.
It's certainly only a matter of time before you see hemp everywhere!
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