What You Need to Know About Hemp

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While the world consumes factory-manufactured drugs to cure common and rare ailments, people are beginning to unravel the risks that generic brands entail. In a Fox News report, it was revealed that drug manufacturers were known to fabricate data regarding their products. Journalist Katherine Eban, author of Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom, points out how US pharmaceutical companies produce drugs with little to no oversight, especially in production plants overseas.

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This very well illustrates the dangers that modern synthetic drugs entail. At the same time, consumers are beginning to veer away from these types of medications and embracing organic alternatives that are cheaper, safer, and more potent.

One plant, in particular, is standing strong against the overwhelming forces of big pharma. Throughout history, hemp has been a staple drug for various cultures. Accounts from Ancient China mentioned the use of oil derived from hemp. This is on top of hemp’s primary use as an ingredient for the production of textiles and paper, as well as a primitive form of anaesthetic.

Sure enough, hemp has been around for quite some time, but many people still have misconceptions about the plant, its uses, and the legal barriers impeding it from getting widespread commercial attention. On that note, let’s take a look at a few facts we need to know about hemp:

1. Hemp is not a species of cannabis

Most of the time, law enforcement and the media make the crucial mistake of comparing hemp with other species of the cannabis plant. While they are certainly in the same category, hemp is actually a league of its own, a different strain of the cannabis sativa plant. There is a wide range of characteristics that hemp possesses, and these are often mixed up by authorities and users themselves. Lack of information has made it impossible for hemp users to make better decisions and, on the part of law enforcement, has resulted in a number of false arrests.

2. Hemp isn’t intoxicating

People have the general impression that anything that’s related to marijuana should be treated as marijuana. This is not the case for hemp. While most marijuana strains contain high amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a compound found in cannabis, hemp contains the least amount of the substance with no more than 0.3%. This means that hemp is incapable of producing the same hallucinogenic properties as other strains of marijuana.

3. Hemp is legally regulated

During the 1970s, hemp was considered an illegal substance and was strictly kept away from consumer markets, with lawmakers citing its close relation to marijuana. It was not until the introduction of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 — otherwise known as the Farm Bill — that the ban on hemp and hemp-based products was lifted in favor of regulation. Since then, people have begun to take an interest in learning more about hemp-derived CBD and its wider medicinal application. Although there are regulations in place, hemp products enjoy massive appeal to an ever-growing audience.

Hemp is more than just a plant. It’s an important part of the medical field. We just have to learn more about it and see how we can use it to its fullest potential.

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What You Need to Know About Hemp
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While the world consumes factory-manufactured drugs to cure common and rare ailments, people are beginning to unravel the risks that generic brands entail.

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