Back in 2018, the Farm Bill was passed, which lifted the prohibition on cannabis plants – most specifically, hemp – for farmers in the United States. Prior to its ban in 1937, it had been a huge part of the economy, so for the most part this was likely a move to help inject some more money into agriculture.
It seems to have worked – it did not take long for investors to pour millions of dollars into the cannabis industry. It has come with big benefits for our agricultural sector, but I know a lot of people have been wondering…what else does this plant have to offer? If you want to learn about it more, keep reading this article!
One: Hemp Does Not Get You High
I know, I know – I am starting off easy, and there is a fairly good chance you did in fact already know this. However, I think it is valuable to touch upon, because you might be surprised at how many people do not understand the distinction between marijuana with THC in it and hemp, which does have CBD in it but not THC.
That of course means that hemp simply can not get you high. It was this reasoning that led to a lot of farmers questioning why it was made illegal in the first place. After all, humanity has used it in a lot of different items for thousands upon thousands of years now.
Yet, back in 1937, it was made illegal with the entire cannabis plant here in the United States. Thankfully that has been reversed, as I mentioned in the introduction today, and you can learn more about thehempcollect if you want to get an understanding of how that works. All of this is to say that if you are looking to get those feelings of euphoria that can be induced by THC, you are not going to want to get hemp.
More likely, you will end up with a headache if you ingest too much of it, so do take note of recommended dosages and serving sizes depending on how you are using it. Most gummies will have information about this on the bottle if that is what you are going for, so be sure to read that stuff!
Two: It is Extremely Versatile
I have noticed that a lot of people are shocked to find out how many things can be made with hemp. One example of this can be found above – twine can be made from the fibers. Of course, that is not all.
Many common household items can contain it. Shampoos, conditioners, hand creams, body lotions, and even lip balms are being made with it more often than ever since 2018, especially given how popular self-care has become in the wake of the covid 19 pandemic. It is definitely something to be on the lookout for next time you go shopping!
Now, most strangely perhaps is that companies are even using it in construction. That is right – concrete made using it is known as hempcrete and has exploded in popularity in the past few years. A large part of that is because it is a way to keep building homes more of a green venture. Read more about that on this page: http://www.americanlimetechnology.com/what-is-hempcrete/.
Three: Farmers Were Required to Grow it in Some Parts of the United States Back in the Seventeenth Century
This one might sound totally outlandish considering it was eventually made illegal, but it is true! It was thanks to King James I that property owners in Jamestown had to grow at least one-hundred hemp plants. Is that not strange to think about?
What was the motivation for this, though? Well, the answer can be found in how profitable it is. If you did not know, cannabis is fairly easy to grow. It requires a temperate climate, yes, but that is not difficult to find in the US. Jamestown was a pretty good place to require it, since it could be readily cultivated. You can read up on this law and how it impacted the local economy of the colony on this page if you would like to know more.
Four: Many Public Figures Support its Legalization
I will conclude this article today with some coverage on how it ended up getting legalized in the first place. It certainly did not happen out of nowhere, after all. Rather, it was a concerted effort by several groups that culminated in that Farm Bill.
Some of the notable people that supported the movement were Woody Harrelson and Mitch McConnell. The latter certainly surprised me at first, until I did some more research. Once I figured out why he supported it and still does, it made a lot more sense.
In essence, hemp had the potential to be a major powerhouse for the Kentucky economy, which is why the senator wanted the bill to pass. He got his wish, and thankfully it has positively impacted the agricultural sector of the economy.
So – those are the interesting tidbits about this plant that I wanted to share with you today. While it is a bit of an eclectic bunch, hopefully you were able to learn something and gain some insight onto why it has become so popular in the past four years. There is still plenty out there to learn about, though!