What are the Myths of Hemp and What You Should Know.

Industrial hemp is only suitable for textiles.

For decades, humans have utilized hemp fiber to make clothes and rope-like things. The majority of the world population is aware of such hemp products. However, the use for this purpose has been reduced significantly. This usage has made many people conclude that hemp is only used in the textile industry, which is not true. 

Truth.                                                                        

A good number of people believe hemp would solve their problems. This is because it is an incredible plant with a wide range of uses.

  • The hemp seeds are fully packed with nutrients and minerals, including omega fatty acids, thus can be used for nutritional purposes.

  • Hemp is a bio-accumulator. It can suck toxins found in the soil, making it useful for environmental cleaning.

  • The hemp plant is rich in cellulose. It can be used to create bioplastic, and its fibers can be used to make fabrics, paper, and so on.

  • Hemp is a natural repellent. It can be planted near other vulnerable plants to protect them from pests and insects.

  • Hemp flowers contain more cannabinoids other than THC. Meanwhile, providing a natural supplement without high content.

Hemp will solve all global problems.

  • Yes, hemp is a versatile plant. It has a wide range of use in so many things; agriculture, textiles, nutrition, and construction, name them all.

  • Planting more hemp creates an economical, sustainable, and friendly alternative for everyday products like plastic and cotton. It is quite easy to jump to the conclusion that hemp plants are a life-saver.

  • Most hemp plant growers assume that growing more hemp in more tracts of land would provide the raw material for bioplastics, paper, sustainable textiles, and many others. This belief is slightly faulty since hemp has a few challenges.

Hemp can get you high.

Because hemp has been associated with cannabis for many decades, many people mistakenly believe that marijuana and hemp can get you high. Above all, both marijuana and hemp belong to the cannabis Sativa plant family. 

Truth.

  • Hemp is non-intoxicating. Both plants have active cannabinoids and other chemicals, but each has completely different cannabinoids, especially THC, and the other chemical compounds.

  • Marijuana has more THC content than hemp. A few marijuana samples can contain up to 30% THC. Hemp, on the other hand, contains 0.3% THC maximum. Industrial hemp more often has 0.05% THC; this means it is almost impossible to get you "high" after using it.

Hemp and Marijuana are the Same Thing

Truth.

  • Marijuana and hemp look alike but not identical. Marijuana has more broad leaves, and it is bushier and shorter. Hemp has narrow leaves concentrated at the top, taller than marijuana, and more skinny. A well-trained person can easily spot the difference between these two cannabis family plants.

  • Marijuana also needs to be grown in an environment that has been carefully controlled. At the same time, hemp plants can be left out to survive on their own.

  • Marijuana grows best when grown indoors, whereas hemp does not. The other crucial thing to be noted is that growing marijuana among hemp is fruitless.

  • The pollen grains from industrial hemp can easily contaminate marijuana plants. It will also reduce the THC quantity hence destroying the marijuana plant.



Hemp is the male cannabis plant.

Some people erroneously believe hemp is the male cannabis plant while marijuana is the female cannabis plant. But this is not true.

Truth.

  • Hemp plants can either be male or female or both in some species. Likewise, marijuana plants can either be male or female.

  • Male plants in the hemp plant die off quickly after they are done with pollination, leaving female plants to survive.

  • The female plants get cultivated to maturity, and they are used for a different variety of purposes.

Final Thoughts

It is essential to ask questions such as; if hemp is such an excellent plant, why do we have all these myths and misconceptions surrounding the plant?

Well, let's now clear the air. This is all because cannabis was initially classified as an illegal plant. Classification of hemp in the same family cannabis as marijuana was quite unfortunate, but things just went.

Fortunately, it is never too late. With the Hemp Farming Act in place, it is now simpler than before to spread the word. It is now time to bust the myths about hemp plants.

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp has made a huge comeback. Coupled with technology, CBD is on the verge of becoming the number one super plant of all time. Today, many small and large businesses eases alike have benefited from the multi-billion dollar industry. But for those who see this plant as a miracle solution to our worst ailments, we are more excited that we can now offer safe, healthy healing alternatives to our patients, loved ones, and friends.

Cannabis, in general, has come a long way. We have not always had access to this gift from Mother Earth. Corporate industries, pharmaceutical companies, and the U.S. government all played a hand in criminalizing cannabis, placing undeserved stigmas on its users, and did away with the plant, making cannabis and hemp inaccessible. Since cannabis was stigmatized and continuously deemed as a schedule 1 drug, hemp was considered illegal. As a result of the misclassification, so many myths have been developed about hemp. Even though Hemp and CBD are becoming household names, people still remain confused about hemp because it was illegal and banned for so many decades. Let's discuss the common myths that are still haunting CBD and why you should give it a try to see if CBD is right for you.

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