Most people have a common misunderstanding about hemp. Hemp is used for a wide range of products, including CBD. Hemp is rich in resources, history, and potential. Let’s go over the history of hemp, what it is, and how CBD is made.
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a derivative of the Cannabis Sativa L plant. Marijuana and hemp are both considered cannabis, but they are not the same. The most notable difference is the amount of THC they contain. Marijuana contains enough THC to provide psychedelic effects. On the other hand, hemp does not. THC levels in hemp are too low to cause these effects.
While hemp does not produce THC, it does, however, make CBD. While many other cannabinoids are found in hemp, CBD is found in the highest concentration.
But hemp is used for more than just CBD. Fibers in the hemp plant can make clothing, building materials, bedding, paper, and other industrial products. Hemp can produce four times more paper than trees. Additionally, it is biodegradable, adding to the sustainability of the crop.
You can also eat hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are high in fiber, vitamins, dietary fiber, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. They can be consumed raw or used as oil, flours, or mixed with water to create milk. It can also be used as a substitute in recipes. The seeds can also be added to salads, yogurt, or smoothies.
Hemp was used even in early civilization. As early as 2900 B.C, hemp was used for food, clothes, pottery, medicine, rope, and paper. Artifacts have been found in India, China, Taiwan, Russia, France, and Greece. Hemp clothing was worn by royalty in some countries. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp in the early days of America.
Unfortunately, in 1937 the Marijuana Tax Act went into effect, taxing cannabis sales, including hemp and CBD. The steep taxes lowed down production and discouraged people from growing it. Many people didn’t give up on hemp. Even Henry Ford build a car body using hemp. The experimental car’s body was ten times stronger than steel.
Regardless of all the benefits of hemp, restrictions only got tighter. Taxes kept getting higher, and eventually, hemp was classified as an illegal Schedule I drug by the Controlled Substances Act.
In the late 90s, the US began to import food-grade Hemp seeds and oil. Soon after that, regulations started loosening up. In 2004 a law went into effect protecting the sale of hemp foods and for body care products. After about fifty years of being illegal, the first licenses were given to grow hemp again. In 2018 hemp was finally removed from the Controlled Substance Act. Hemp can now be used in any product, given that it follows FDA guidelines.
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