Hemp has a storied history and many benefits, but it went through a time of great skepticism. Conflicting news stories and rumours labelled hemp as a drug akin to marijuana and many people stopped buying it or using it. Today, healing hemp is back on top, and with the increased interest in natural products and holistic medicine, it’s a well-liked and widely-used plant.
What is Hemp?
Hemp comes from the cannabis plant and is grown for over 50,000 different uses from food and body care to paper and textiles. Its industrial use is the primary purpose for its growth, and it is one of the first plants humans ever cultivated, starting as long ago as 10,000 years.
It is grown in the northern hemisphere and is a plant with one of the fastest growth rates. In its refined state, hemp makes clothing, paper, insulation, paint, food, plastics, and many other biodegradable products that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The marijuana debate stems from the fact that hemp comes from the same species of Cannabis as the intoxicating substance. However, hemp has a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is less than 0.3%. The cannabidiol (CBD) concentration of hemp is higher, reducing or eliminating its intoxicating effects.