Industrial hemp is the most misunderstood plant in the world. Learn why that is and how industrial hemp and hemp derived CBD can change your life and the planet! Hemp is the common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis. This term is often used to refer only to Cannabis strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use. Industrial hemp has many uses, including paper, textiles, biodegradable hemp plastics, construction, healthy hemp food, CBD extracts and fuel. Learn more on our What is Hemp? Page!
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What is Hemp?
Hemp is the low THC variety of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Hemp, cannabis, and marijuana are often confused, learn more about the difference on our hemp vs. marijuana page. Civilizations cultivated hemp for industrial purposes for more than 12,000 years. The fiber, seeds and oil (including hemp derived CBD) are incredibly valuable with a wide variety uses including clothing, medicines, foods, fuels, and materials for building. The hemp plant is very hardy and grows quickly in diverse soil conditions. Staggering utility and ease of growth justify the claim that industrial hemp is the most useful plant on the planet.
How is it possible, then, that industrial hemp is NOT a prominent staple of the global and domestic economy across multiple industries?
Hemp.com, Inc. aims to change that reality through collaboration and education regarding why this vital plant became outlawed.
History of Hemp
Hemp has a rich history that is nearly as old as human civilization. Human beings used fiber to manufacture rope, canvas, paper, and clothing. There is also evidence that ancient civilizations used hemp for food, medicine, and artistic purposes.
The history of hemp in the United States is equally rich—early legislation even required certain farmers to grow this beneficial plant. It is therefore surprising that such an essential plant became illegal to grow State side. As a result, China has been the largest hemp producer over the last several decades, but other countries such as Australia and Canada are catching up.
Hemp’s Legal Status
Industrial hemp’s status in legal limbo permitted certain products to be sold in the United States but not grown due to the marijuana prohibition act. That changed with the passage of the Farm Bill. This legislation makes it legal at a federal level to grow hemp in the United States with the onus now falling to each State to decide whether hemp can be grown within each jurisdiction. Colorado played a significant role in helping change the laws to pave the way for industrial hemp production again in the United States (see hemp history. Now hemp seed oils, resins like CBD, hemp plastics , hemp building materials and many hemp fiber products can be found and purchased in the market place.
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U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program
The U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program establishes federal regulatory oversight of the production of hemp in the United States. The program authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of hemp and establishes a federal plan for producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that choose not to administer a State or Tribe-specific plan provided also that the state or Tribe does not ban hemp production. This is following the 2018 Farm Bill that clarified the rules around industrial hemp.
Continue reading for information about hemp production plans, guidelines for sampling and testing procedures, disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements and licensing requirements. Read US Hemp Production to learn more.
History of Hemp
Hemp was a prominent crop in the United States until 1937, when the Marihuana Tax Act virtually obliterated the American hemp industry. During World War II, the crop saw a resurgence in the U.S., as it was used extensively to make military items including uniforms, canvas, and rope. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) even released a short documentary, “Hemp for Victory,” in 1942, which promoted the plant as a useful crop for the war cause.
The World War II hemp resurgence was short-lived, though. Until the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 kept industrial production dormant. Today, hemp is rapidly becoming an indispensable resource for CBD oil and other CBD products.
Learn more, check out the history of hemp pages