What is hemp?
While the hemp plant is part of the Cannabis Satvia family, it has been selectively bred to have less than 0.3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the primary psychoactive substance found in marijuana.
Industrial hemp has many uses – textiles, rope, building products, biofuels, superfoods (protein powders & hemp hearts), topical and beauty products (soaps, creams, oils), and most recently, CBD (Cannabidiol) which has been recognized for a wide variety of medical treatments.
Hemp has a wide and varied history in North America. The plant was thought to have arrived on the continent along with European settlers. During the 17th century, farmers were required to grow hemp and were even considered legal tender. With over 25,000 practical uses for the hemp plant, it was becoming both a viable crop for farmers and a solution for a wide variety of consumer needs. Unfortunately, even though hemp is different from marijuana and it is impossible to get ‘high’ off industrial hemp, the plant was caught up in the U.S. Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which effectively outlawed both crops. Hemp remained illegal to harvest in the U.S. until recently.
In 2014, high-grade CBD oil derived from the hemp plant (and therefore containing less than 0.3% THC) was legalized. In December 2018, the FDA removed industrial hemp from the controlled substances list, making it legal to produce and sell in all states in the U.S.
With these recent governmental changes, hemp is back in the limelight and leading to the development of a myriad of new products including hemp concrete, hemp building materials, paper, a hemp wood composite, hemp biofuels, hemp clothing & textiles, hemp seeds in food and supplement products, and CBD oils. In fact, CBD oil is currently the most actively growing segment of the hemp industry for the potential benefits for treatment of anxiety, pain, inflammation, Alzheimer's, and even cancer, among others.
Hemp is bringing cannabis to mainstream America in the form of tinctures, topicals, food, and nutraceutical products. Even major drug store chains are promoting CBD products. As more consumers learn about the medicinal and wellness benefits of CBD oils, hemp crops and extraction facilities are expected to continue to expand across the nation.
Consumers are wise to seek CBD oils produced from crops that are free from chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, extracted for safety and potency and lab-tested for efficacy and bioavailability.
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