What Is Hemp?
True industrial hemp is characterized by its tall stalks and grown for its fibers, which are the strongest plant fibers in nature. Industrial hemp is also grown for its seed, which contains essential fatty acids but no phytocannabinoids. Hemp is typically found in the northern hemisphere and grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. Hemp can be refined into a variety of commercial items, sustainable and environmentally friendly. Industrial hemp is typically grown tall and contains very few phytocannabinoids and limited amounts of other synergistic compounds. Our farm’s grow hemp like a bush, which yields a phytocannabinoid-rich product to provide the true health benefits of medical cannabis without the psychoactive effects of THC.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Marijuana and Hemp are both members of the Cannabis family, which breaks down into two classifications – Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. Marijuana falls into both classifications, while Hemp is strictly a Sativa. Strains of Sativa that are bred to produce a high THC content, responsible for the psychoactive high, are considered marijuana. Industrial Hemp, utilizes strains higher in other cannabinoids with less than 0.3% THC, making it’s therapeutic properties very therapeutic.
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was a proposed law to remove hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from Schedule I Controlled Substances and making it an ordinary agricultural commodity. The provisions were incorporated in the 2018 United States Farm Bill that became law on December 20, 2018. In addition to removing low-THC cannabis from regulation under the Controlled Substances Act, the 2018 act would avail hemp farmers of water rights and federal agricultural grants, and make the national banking system (in a gray area for cannabis industry) accessible to farmers and others involved; and allow for other benefits of production of a recognized crop such as marketing, agronomy research, and crop insurance.