Guide to Hemp
Just a Quick Overview
Not too many people understand the difference between hemp and marijuana and the lack of awareness of what hemp is, is actually due to a lot of negative stigma and tight laws surrounding cannabis, because of this hemp has long been forgotten due to its close biological nature to cannabis.
Even though biologically hemp is classified as cannabis, its properties, chemical make up and uses are very different and actually quite diverse.
So let's dive in..
A variety of Cannabis sativa L, hemp is a dioecious plant, which means it can be separated into male and female plants.
These plants have served a wide variety of purposes for more than 10,000 years: for fiber (from the plant’s stems), protein (from seeds), and oils and smokable portions (from the leaves and flowers). Hemp fibers can be used to make items including paper, clothing, furnishing fabric, rope, and building materials.
Hemp Plant In The Sun
Holding A Hemp Plant
Young Hemp Plant
Whether Hemp can get you high or not seems to be the first question whenever you talk to someone about CBD oil or hemp.
THC is the main psychoactive component in cannabis and is attributed to the ‘high’ you experience when smoking or ingesting accordingly.
Hemp does in fact contain THC however it doesn’t produce enough to get ‘high’ once consumed.
Many countries differentiate hemp vs marijuana by the amount of THC produced per weight of a dry plant. In the U.S., industrial hemp is defined as a Cannabis sativa L. plant not containing more than 0.3% THC.
The European Union has set the limit at 0.2%.
In Great Britain the limit is zero, unless growers have a cultivation license to grow industrial hemp with no more than 0.2% THC.
As you can tell by the differentiating numbers, there is plenty confusion as to what is legal and not legal surrounding the industry, which in turn has held up the research and funding behind cultivating hemp plants.
Hemp In The Sunset
Holding Hemp Plant
The method in which you smoke hemp is determined by you and what you hope to achieve.
You are able to purchase CBD flower and smoke this like you normally would in a joint or bong, this is great if you are looking to lower your intake of regular cannabis and also to get CBD benefits.
Whilst hemp isn’t completely absent of intoxicating compounds, that doesn’t mean it will get you high. sorry.
CBD can be extracted from the flower through smoking it directly or inhaled indirectly using a formulated CBD vape juice. CBD, though psychoactive, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid and won’t produce any form of a euphoric high on its own.
Smoking CBD flower and vape juice can be a great way to increase your CBD intake and can provide a rewarding smoking experience throughout the day.
There are many different uses for hemp and each part of the plant can be used differently.
-CBD oil is extracted from hemp leaves and flowers. The CBD oil extracted from hemp can be used for treating a wide variety of ailments, hence the ever-growing popularity of CBD-focused hemp cultivation.
-Hemp fibers are primarily used for textiles, paper, building materials, and other industrial products.
-Hurds, or shives, are short woody hemp fibers typically found inside the stalk. They’re used for making hempcrete, bedding materials, absorbents, particle board, ceiling panels, compost, and other industrial products.
-Seeds can be consumed whole, or refined by being pressed or crushed to produce hemp seed oil and flour. These seeds are also hulled, or shelled, to make them more palatable. The remaining shells, which are rich in fiber, can also be used for making flour.
Whilst there are plenty of proven uses and benefits surrounding hemp there are also plenty of laws and negative connotations surrounding the cannabis plant which can be traced back to government initiatives in the 20th century if one looks hard enough.
We hope that as we move forward more is done to utilise and more importantly educate the general public on these fantastic plants.
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