The U.S. has a long and complicated history with hemp. Because this plant has a close connection to marijuana and the issues with marijuana are also complicated, hemp has often suffered as a result.
However, in 2018, the federal government fully legalized hemp in the country. Now, the goal is to educate people about what hemp is and its uses.
Hemp and Marijuana
According to the International Hemp Association, hemp is a plant that is part of the cannabis family, which is the family in which marijuana belongs. In addition, both hemp and marijuana contain CBD and THC.
However, this is where the differences end. Hemp is very high in beneficial CBD but is low in THC. So, it does not produce the “high” that marijuana does. It is not useful as a recreational drug because it lacks the psychoactive effects.
Furthermore, people only use marijuana for the psychoactive effects in recreational use or for medicinal use. It also must grow in carefully controlled environments. Hemp, on the other hand, has a variety of uses that do not involve ingestion, and it can grow almost anywhere with a hemp farm being viable in any climate.
Uses for Hemp
There are many uses for hemp in the manufacturing of commercial products. It is usable in a similar way to cotton, but because it can adapt to many different climates, it is a more viable product than cotton, which can only grow in certain areas. It could quickly take over the clothing market and begin being in demand for other markets requiring fabric.
Hemp is also easy to use to make paper products. Plus, it has an advantage over wood because it is incredibly strong. Plus, it requires less destruction and pollution to create hemp paper products, and hemp is much easier to grow than trees, so it provides a more continuous source.
Manufacturers can also make plastic with hemp. The biggest advantage of this is that it is more environmentally friendly since hemp products will decompose. Plastic made of other materials stays in landfills almost forever.
Other uses are as a non-toxic substitute for chemicals in varnish, detergent, lubricating oil, ink, and paint. Manufacturers can also use it to produce ethanol fuel. It is a clean-burning and renewable resource. It is also a consumable product that offers health benefits.
Hemp Is the Future
It is easy to see how much different hemp is from marijuana. The only reason people ever linked them is because of their roots in the cannabis plant. Now that hemp is legal, there are many ways it will start t make its way into the market, which is beneficial for everyone and the environment.