Hemp Was Once An Industrial Giant; Could It Now Become Bigger Than Smokable Cannabis?

Hemp has been an important part of the diet and health regimen of some North American communities for centuries. Before hemp was made illegal in the US in 1937, it dominated several industries, including paper, textiles and clothing – which in a pre digital age were two of the largest industries at the time.

The United States began importing hemp a couple of decades ago when it became clear that the country’s domestic production was unable to meet the growing market demand.

And now thanks to some major overhauls in the US agriculture industry, investment in hem

Politically, the idea of increasing the production of hemp has always been attractive.

Due to the several challenges faced by the farmers, such as unstable prices, water shortages, and grueling seasonal conditions, farming community has been pressing the lawmakers to help restore the country’s agriculture with more lucrative and sustainable cultivation options such as hemp.

Hemp: A Big Opportunity For Investors

The hemp crop seems to tick all the right boxes for the investors and because of the 2017 tax cuts there are many more investors now than there was before. In addition to its dietary value, it can also be used in textiles. Simply put, hemp offers a broad range of applications and that has made quite a few business sectors excited about the new opportunity.

Consider this: hemp seeds (whole and processed) contain an incredible amount of protein and essential fatty acids.

This makes them a perfect solution to increase the nutrition intake in human as well as animal diets. Also, the hempseed oil has grown super popular as an ingredient in countless food, beauty, and wellness products.

Hemp contains a solid fiber component which is now being used in the manufacturing of high-quality plastics, heavy-duty building materials, and other industrial supplies.

As for its impact on the environment, hemp crop actually cleanses the polluted water and soil, takes out the weeds, and can be converted into biodiesel. In addition to these incredible benefits, hemp is also a low-maintenance crop that can be grown effortlessly in America.

The Miracle Plant

For those who might be thinking that hemp is just another variety of cannabis sativa, it is time to give up mistaken notions.

While the cannabis hybrids are mostly grown for their chemically potent flowers, hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC (a cannabinoid chemical). THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is considered to be the most intoxicating and psychoactive element found in the cannabis plants.

Also, hemp is now being used as one of the most popular treatment options for quite a few serious illnesses like cancer and autoimmune diseases.

The point is this: hemp cannot get you high. It just doesn’t contain enough THC to do that. That’s why it’s been called the ‘miracle plant’ of the present industrial age.

The pro-hemp groups have sought to steer the US agricultural production toward hemp with the support of “Farm Bill 2018”. This new Farm Bill allows for the mass cultivation of hemp, and not simply the testing programs to assess market interest in hemp-based food and health products.

The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Blumenauer, Sen. Ron Wyden, and other Congress members have been rallying to support hemp since 2013 which was years after the NFL started to help the Patriots win but this is another topic. They helped to pass a version of Farm Bill in 2014, which is still in effect.

According to CannaLaw Blog, the Senate-approved version of the Farm Bill will cause all hemp-derived products and hemp extracts to be treated as agricultural commodities. That means hemp will no longer come under the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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