The whole world is starting to go crazy over the revelations about marijuana and its different uses. However, one certain member of the Cannabis Family has already established itself as a regular commodity among the various industries: Hemp. Now, we are sure that you have heard of it before.
But where exactly does it come from? Why isn’t it talk about more often unlike cannabis? And most importantly, why is it legal worldwide when it comes from a cannabis variety? We will talk about this and more below. Let’s start off.
WHAT IS HEMP?
Hemp, also known as industrial cannabis, is a different type of Cannabis Sativa that is also part of the Cannabaceae family of plants. While many people mistakenly think that “hemp” is weed, they are technically correct. However, a lot of things separate them from one another. For one, it is a separate cannabis strain altogether. It is a variant of marijuana that contains less than 0.3% of THC. The limit is set by Ernest Small in order to distinguish and classify hemp from typical cannabis.
Due to this, it is often classified as a non-psychoactive or minimally psychotropic variant of cannabis. They will generally have a different compound structure and genetic makeup than other cannabis varieties.
Appearance of Hemp:
It is quite easy to distinguish hemp from indica and sativa plants. These plants have a very, very thin and stout structure. The thin and slender leaves form a sort of hand-like appearance. Try to think of it as a miniature version of sativa leaves. This plant’s branches and stems are quite light and hollow.
Because it is also a dioecious species, male plants produce pollen sacs while females produce pistils and flowers. These plants will also produce weed buds that are identical to other cannabis buds. However, these contain little to no amounts of THC whatsoever.
Grow information on Hemp:
Hemp also grows quite similarly to other marijuana plants. However, the main difference lies in how the plants are treated and used during gardening. Like marijuana plants, female hemp plants are the variety that is widely use. This is because females tend to have higher volumes of fiber.
On the other hand, growers use male plants almost exclusively for further breeding and development of new seeds. While females are the ones that growers typically need more, it is not necessary to fully discard all male plants as they could still be used. Also, it has a significantly faster flowering time than regular marijuana plants.
These plants are also capable of growing in much larger volumes than marijuana. This is why hemp fields tend to come in very large scales. Also, it should always be cultivated outdoors. It is one of the earliest domesticated plants known to man. It will have no problems growing in natural environments.
ORIGIN OF HEMP: WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Hemp, along with bamboo, is one of the fastest and oldest growing plants that people have used. It was said to have first been used by early tribes and civilizations in various parts of Mediterranean Europe as well as East and Southern Asia, most notably China. With the earliest documentation stating that it was used since 2800 BCE, it is a plant that was heavily used for its strong and durable fibers.
With these fibers, tribes and fishermen were able to sew together various clothing, matts, fishing nets, and all sorts of industrial tools. People also made use of hemp seeds as a source of food and protein. The leaves and flowers are use mainly to produce different oils and smokable products.
IS HEMP LEGAL?
With the initial ban and prohibition of marijuana in the early 20th Century, there was a dramatic decrease in the production and distribution of hemp all around the world. However, many countries are given permission to continue with the production and industrial distribution. This was a direct result of studies showing the very minimal and harmless THC content that it has.
The legality of hemp in today’s world will depend on where you are. While it still remains illegal in various countries, many others have resorted to legalizing it due to the many uses that it has. In many drug stores and markets in the USA and Canada, you will find different types of hemp oil and extracts. These are often use for therapeutic and soothing reliefs and other lifestyle improvements. A number of furniture and clothing accessories such as hats, papers, composites, industrial tools, and even food are from its fibers and minerals.
DIFFERENT USES AND PURPOSES OF HEMP TODAY
While the use and production of hemp today is obviously lesser than old times, it still holds a number of benefits. Many people in different industries have found ways on how to get the best out of these plants while still being safe and regulated. Here are the different uses and purposes of hemp today:
- The raw materials from are known to be very organic and natural. This has led to people using them for a number of eco-friendly purposes. One such example is the use for body care.
Hemp fibers and nutrients are often mix into lotions, oils, and concentrates. These may be in the form of topicals or tinctures. A lot of body products and cosmetics that you may be using may have hemp in them!
- Another main use of hemp plants is for medical value. As you know, CBD is starting to make a name for itself in the medical sector. CBD oils and products may also be harvested from it.
- A lot of organic and health-conscious people consume the seeds and fibers for added proteins and nutrients. A lot of vitamins, teas, laxatives, and food products have hemp incorporated into them. Due to the high content of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, it improves the way that their body functions and gives them an overall healthier lifestyle!
- While not as common as before, its stems and fibers are still present in industrial manufacturing today. Things such as carpets, ropes, clothes, wallets, shoes, papers, and even building materials regularly make use of it.
In addition to all these, there are other ways people make use of hemp! It is no secret that it is one of the most viable commodities that people use today.
Can hemp get you high?
Here’s the thing: you can smoke it but it will not get you high. Hemp, like all other cannabis varieties, contains numerous compounds that affect the body. The most notable one is, by far, CBD. When smoking it, you will also experience the different benefits that typical weed has to offer. However, smoking isn’t the healthiest way of doing so, considering that it does not get you high. This is why a lot of people have found different ways to make use of it without smoking it.
Keep in mind that hemp is classified as cannabis with a THC content of 0.3% or lower. This makes it non-intoxicating when consumed.
CONCLUSION: IS HEMP THE NEXT BIG THING?
Hemp was already the big thing during the late 19th century well up to the start of the 20th century. However, with the ban of all cannabis across the whole world, the use of hemp is taking a backseat for other products and crops. Today, not many people are familiar with the uses of hemp. In fact, not everyone can differentiate marijuana from hemp!
As we move towards a more forgiving world in terms of cannabis, it is highly possible for the widespread production of cannabis hemp to take place. With all the different reasons that it helps us have better lives, I do not see why hemp should be banned at all! Maybe in the future, we will see hemp thrive and prosper once again.