Hemp is a type of cannabis plant with a low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content (less than 0.3%) and high CBD (cannabidiol) content. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you high. CBD is the compound that has recently been approved by the FDA to help control epileptic seizures.
Humans have grown hemp for close to ten thousand years. Early settlers to the Americas brought the plant with them to cultivate. George Washington advocated that hemp be grown as a “cash crop.” Many of our other founding fathers grew the product to make rope and fabric, as well as other uses. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 all but shut down the hemp industry in the United States.
With several states legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in recent years, the use of the drug has come into the light. The government passed the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, allowing farmers to grow hemp as a cash crop once again. Today, many hemp crops are grown to harvest the CBD compound. Products that contain CBD are seen in shops around the country and are touted to relieve pain, anxiety, and seizures.
Industrial hemp can be used in a myriad of products, from rope and clothing to paper and building materials. Hemp is one of the most adaptable plants on the planet. Because of the worldwide prohibition on cannabis, not much research was allowed on the benefits of the plant. More study is forthcoming as more countries and states loosen restrictions on hemp.
Support your local hemp grower. Look into buying products made from hemp such as paper, t-shirts, plastics, and biofuels. As an adaptable and universal resource, hemp beats oil and wood hands down.