As states continue to weigh out the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana, many constituents are not receiving the information based on the whole idea that includes the production of industrial hemp. Hemp is a crop that is very much not a drug but rather an agricultural commodity that can be exported, manufactured into durable merchandise, and can replace the demand that other crops have on our environment’s resources. As such, the clarity many people have about hemp vs. marijuana is not so clear at all.
Marijuana and industrial hemp are two entirely different strains of cannabis. Hemp is grown for the strength contained in its stalk, while marijuana is grown primarily for its THC content, the psychoactive compound that must be extracted from the plant material and then later activated by heat for it’s effects to take place in the body. Industrial hemp plants have a very low amount of THC, less than 1% at times, whereas marijuana contains up to 20% THC.
Industrial hemp crops can not be used to produce the type of marijuana people are smoking, vaporizing, or ingesting to induce a better feeling or to treat pain. With all the other high-grade cannabis strains available today as medicinal marijuana, it is highly unlikely that anyone would consider smoking their hemp crop.
What’s so great about industrial hemp?
- It doesn’t require expensive herbicides
- It doesn’t require expensive insecticides or pesticides
- Hemp restores depleted soils of their nutrition
- Roots of hemp plants stretch deep to 12 inches
- It is harvested by a simple brush cutter, nothing fancy
- Industrial hemp is very profitable
- It’s highly durable, can be manufactured into twine, rope, paper, bath and body products, clothing, bag accessories, home and garden items, and pet supplies
Have you ever purchased a product made from hemp? What’s your favorite hemp product?