What is Hemp and why it’s Important?

Hemp Defined

Hemp, (Cannabis sativa), also called industrial hemp, plant of the family Cannabaceae cultivated for its bast fibre or its edible seeds. Hemp is sometimes confused with the cannabis plants that serve as sources of the drug marijuana and the drug preparation hashish. Although all three products—hemp, marijuana, and hashish—contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound that produces psychoactive effects in humans, the variety of cannabis cultivated for hemp has only small amounts of THC relative to that grown for the production of marijuana or hashish.

(Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "hemp". Encyclopedia Britannica, 21 Sep. 2021, https://www.britannica.com/plant/hemp. Accessed 15 October 2021.)

Dispelling The Myths

There are so many myths about hemp that have caused bias and controversy concerning hemp and its distribution. Let’s address a few of the most popular ones.

Hemp Gets You High

False. Even though hemp is technically cannabis, industrial hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC, which is well below the amount it would take to feel any sort of “high.”

This fact is why hemp-based products like CBD oil have become so popular because they allow you to experience the potential advantages of hemp without the risk of intoxication.

Hemp and Marijuana Are the Same

False. Even though hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis plant, they are not the same. Beyond the many differences in how they are grown, the most crucial difference for many people is that industrial hemp contains only the smallest possible trace of THC.

Industrial hemp also grows much taller than marijuana and has thicker, sturdier stalks, which makes hemp by far the best choice for making things like rope, paper, and other textiles.

Hemp-Based Products Are Only For Epilepsy

False. While one of the most well-known uses of hemp-based products is for childhood epilepsy, that is far from all the usefulness of hemp-based products.

There are a wide variety of hemp-based CBD options for things like sleeplessness, stress, and everyday wellness.

Hemp is a Drug

False. Simply put, hemp is a plant. Even though a drug (Epidiolex) has been made from the plant, hemp itself is just a resource. Whether you turn it into rope, CBD oil, building materials, or epilepsy medication, the plant is still the same.

Different Uses

Hemp is made into foods, health products, fabric, rope, natural remedies, and much more. Different parts of the hemp plant are used to make different products. Hemp and its components are used throughout the industrial, agricultural, construction, applied material, textile, body care and food industries.

Applied materials: coating, diesel fuel, lubricants, oil paints, printing ink, solvents, supercapacitors and varnish

Body care: body creams, cosmetics, extract oils, lip balms, shampoos and soap

Industrial and agricultural products: animal bedding, batteries, bio-composite reinforcements in cars, cable cords, chemical absorbents, compression molding, erosion control blankets, ethanol, geotextiles, graphene-like nanomaterials, mulch, nonwovens, plastics and waste cleanup

Textiles: apparel, canvas, carpeting, cordage, curtains, filters, linens, netting, p


    Don’t believe every claim you hear, especially if it seems too good to be true – because it usually is. Always, always, always review reputable research before deciding which company or product is right for you. But above all, you should take into consideration that research is continually ongoing, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding where to buy Hemp or CBD online or in stores.

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    Written by Tracie James
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    Thank you, Tracie

    Muziq on Dec 14, 2021

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