According to Google these are a few questions being asked by people about hemp. Using that browser for search queries and in no particular order here a few that popped up.
“What is hemp used for today?”
“Why was hemp banned?”
“What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?”
“What is hemp used for today? “
The versatility of the hemp plant is apparent in the many ways it is in use today. In 2018 the sale of hemp-derived CBD(Cannabidiol) products were in the total of 390 million U.S. dollars according to Statista.com https://www.statista.com/statistics/980325/hemp-based-products-sales-us/ Skin care products, health foods & other nutraceuticals are a few examples of what can be produced from the flowers & seeds of the plant. The fibers & stalks from the plants can be used to produce clothing, paper, biodegradable plastics, alternative fuel source as well as construction materials such as ‘hempcrete’. As more people and companies find ways to use this organic ingredient the projected use and innovations associated with hemp will undoubtedly continue to rise.
- Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from hemp! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel. (Popular Mechanics, 1941.)15 Fascinating Facts about Hemp on LISTVERSE.COM
“Why was hemp banned? “
During the enactment of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act all cannabis was put under strict regulations for sale & cultivation. All cannabis was again targeted with the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 & listed as a ‘Schedule 1’ narcotic becoming effectively illegal to grow, produce, sell or even posses on a federal level within the Unite States. Even though the hemp species contains minimal psychoactive ingredient THC(Tetrahydrocannabinol) found in other cannabis plants, it was treated as a direct tie to the use of the plant to ‘get high’.
“What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? “
Hemp and marijuana are both of the Cannabis or Cannabaceae plant species. Currently there are believed to be 3 main subspecies: Indica, Sativa and Ruderalis. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa), is considered to be the ‘industrial’ version of this strain as it is low in THC but it’s high CBD content makes it more suitable for consumer product or construction material. The species used for the medicinal applications tend to have a higher THC to CBD ratio. Marijuana (slang for Cannabis Indica & Sativa) is the version cultivated almost in entirety for its high THC content. It is used for extracts, lotions, edibles, & suppositories for its psychoactive makeup. As the plant Cannabis is further researched even more will become known about it’s varieties and possible applications to everyday life.
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