Let me be very clear, I am informing you first and foremost on industrial hemp.
However, I think to clear up some confusion we also need to take a look at its close cousin in order to get a better understanding. It is very frustrating to me and many others enthusiasts out there that these materials do not contain their own separate legal definitions according to the federal government. For a quick and easy read check out a health blog from Heather Pierce talking about the two distinct elements we are extracting from these plants. She does a great job of highlighting the key points in the differences in uses of the product that is used in marijuana, which is THC, and in the CBD that is taken from hemp.
I will admit these plants do have a lot in common. Both of these substances are taken from the seed of the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant originated in Central Asia and has successfully been grown on every continent, except Antarctica. The plant is split between males and females, and its branches are covered in thick (hand-like) leaf fans. Cannabis has a four to six month growing cycle and at maturity can reach anywhere between two to twelve feet tall. In my personal opinion both have a lot to offer our society but today were trying to single out hemp, or sometimes called Industrial Cannabis.
As according to Doug Fine, “Hemp includes all varieties of the Cannabis genus that contain negligible amounts of THC (a component of the cannabis plant that can be intoxicating when heated)”. By negligible amounts, he is technically speaking of >1% THC. There is so little THC in hemp that smoking the plant will not have any psychoactive effects, and there have not been any cases of anyone ever mistaking the two. To give you a better idea incase you missed Hempsters, in the video they joke by saying you would likely die from smoke inhalation before you ever even feel a buzz.
In the Hempsters movie they also talk about what seems to be legislations biggest platform: that these different cultivations could not be differentiated from the air in order to be regulated. I believe the terms they used were something along the lines of comparing a hayfield to a garden. This is where Canada laughs hysterically in the background at us. Because this is in fact where the two take on their unmistakably separate forms.
The garden, referring to marijuana, must be planted individually and far apart to harvest in order for a handler to be able to go in between and collect all the buds. Hemp, representing the hayfield, is grown so close together there is no light that can be seen through its branches. This requires large fields and open areas, often placed in blind-site in order to encourage government cooperation.
Hemp can be grown and used for several health benefits as well as industrial purposes that we will get into later on. While marijuana is typically used medicinally and recreationally by inhalation, ingestion, or something of the sorts. There is no mistaking the two, countries across the world are managing just fine.
If you are in fact anti-marijuana, I hope you can see the light in being pro-hemp. In fact, the interpolation of hemp to marijuana even ruins the marijuana! So anyone trying to grow good quality smoking marijuana must stay far far away from industrial hemp complexes. That subdues the argument that farmers might try to pull one over on the government by growing marijuana with a hemp license; he would have a terribly quality marijuana product and court case awaiting him. Getting out clear separate definitions of these two types of cannabis plant can help everyone, I believe.
People need to know in order to make informed decisions. And if you were voting for anti-hemp laws thinking you were going to keep your neighborhood kids drug-free, you were sadly and unfortunately misinformed. If our federal government bans hemp from being grown during this cannabis prohibition, why did it not ban corn during the alcohol prohibition? For there is no simpler case in point than corn. You feed your family corn flakes every morning, yet you lock your whiskey up in the cabinet to hide from the kids. That is precisely how different the uses of the cannabis plant are, and even a good example of how harmful OR NOT they can me.
Just two short years ago Obama signed into law the FARRM BILL of 2013, which is the most recent federal legislation cast on the subject. VoteHemp.com helps summarize the act by stating it “defines industrial hemp as distinct and authorizes institutions of higher education or State departments of agriculture in states where hemp is legal to grow hemp for research or agricultural pilot programs”.
As this did loosen hemp legislation a tiny bit, we still have a long way to go. And if your rolling your eyes at Obama because he said smoking it was “kinda the point”, it looks like him along with another president knew the plant had much more to offer our country. Back in 1994, President Bill Clinton included hemp among the “essential agricultural products that should be stocked for defense preparedness purposes”. Our government is slowly inching towards the right direction and I believe it is their job to properly inform their citizens on the reality in this country and across the world. However, we live in a crazy time and the best way to find something out is to go out there and figure it out for yourself! I encourage all of my readers to check out the links I attach as well as maybe doing a little digging on their own.
Next time we will look at some of hemps already booming markets, and why America needs to hurry up and hop on the bandwagon.