The cultivation of marijuana has slowly started to rise up since it has become legal in certain states.
There have been a lot of farmers and even local people that are starting to shift their crops into weed. But there is a little known facet of marijuana controversy: growing hemp.
There has been a spark of controversy regarding the growth of hemp due to it being somewhat illegal in certain states to cultivate as it has some similar properties that marijuana has. But what are these properties and what makes it controversial?
Well here we’ll talk about all there is to know.
The Legality of Growing Hemp
Hemp back then was categorized as a product that’s the same as marijuana and any other narcotic making it illegal during the marijuana prohibition era.
Since the Farm Bill that was passed back in 2014, Hemp was categorized as a different plant from marijuana. But by 2018, it became legal to use it for agriculture and create various products. This is due to the high demand for CBD that’s contained on Hemp plants.
Although the plant is now fully legal, farmers will still need to go through a long and expensive process in order to gain a permit that allows the to grow the crop.
Difference Between Marijuana and Hemp
Hemp compared to marijuana are both of the same plant species but have different genetic makeup and chemical composition. Marijuana contains more THC but less CBD while Hemp will contain almost no THC.
With Hemp having low THC which is the chemical compound that causes hallucinogenic effects from intaking the plant, it manages to stay in the legal zone from states who have still not legalized marijuana.
CBD in Hemp
The reason why there such high demand in hemp is mainly because of its CBD that’s used as a therapeutic way to relive the body and other ways to keep it function healthily.
The popularity of this is because it has no psychoactive elements but it has a lot of benefits when taken in. It has also become a new alternative to treat minor ailments as CB doesn’t have any side-effects when taken.
What Hemp Is Mainly Used For
Hemp is like the weed version of a coconut true due to the various ways that you can make use of the plant.
The seeds can be used as food as it has a lot of health benefits that come to it when consumed, the fiber can also be used as cotton or organic paper which can be more environmentally friendly, clothing can also be made from the plant, and as said earlier, the CBD oil in it.
As the world slowly progresses in learning various ways of using the crop, there will also be new innovations that will be created through this. It’s still early due to how recently it’s just been legalized but hemp will surely become a new alternative from other products.