The hemp plant is one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man. It’s refined into paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, insulation, food, biofuel, and even paint. In 1937, at the height of reefer madness, the Marijuana Tax Act strictly regulated the cultivation and sale of all cannabis varieties, including hemp. In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act classified all cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. It is now illegal to grow in the United States.
Is hemp legal to purchase?
While hemp is illegal to grow, it is legal to import hemp products into the United States from other countries. France, China, Chile, and the European Union were the top hemp exporters in 2013. Hemp production is also rapidly expanding in Canada, with the country’s annual crop reaching a record high of 66,700 acres in 2013. According to the Hemp Industry Association, the United States imports about $500 million worth of hemp products a year. That’s a big boost for the nation’s economy if only we’d allow U.S. farmers a piece of the pie. Thankfully, more than 30 states have passed laws allowing hemp to grow in some capacity. This allows manufacturers of products like hemp-based CBD oil to cultivate their own plants, controlling the quality of the product from seed to bottle.
Hemp plant production will benefit the economy in more ways than just the development of CBD products. Allowing farmers to grow hemp for textiles, clothing, plastics, and biofuel manufacturers will further localize the development of products in many different industries.
Farmers love growing hemp, and it’s great to have in the rotation as it prevents soil erosion while adding valuable nutrients to the soil for other crops. Hemp crops are grown for more than just CBD products. They also produce biofuels, plastics, textiles, clothing, paper, paint, and food, so there is always money to be found in a crop with such versatile uses.
As cannabis and CBD oils become a more common part of our country’s wellness conversation, the demand for hemp crops in legal states will explode.
Hemp vs. Cannabis vs. Marijuana
So what’s the difference between hemp, cannabis, and marijuana? Hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis plant. Hemp is the male version of the plant that does not produce any flowers, so its raw plant materials are ideal for textiles and plastics. It’s sturdy and extremely tear-resistant, two traits that make it more popular than cotton in many instances. Marijuana is the female version of the plant with flowers containing varying levels of THC and other cannabinoids. Both hemp and marijuana contain cannabinoids, so they are both used to make cannabinoid-rich products like CBD oil. It’s legal to purchase and consume hemp plant oils in all 50 states, so rest assured you won’t have any issues ordering our products.
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