You’ve likely heard of hemp, but what exactly is it? Read on to find out more about its uses, including potential anti-anxiety benefits.
About the Plant
Hemp is… a plant. It is the name of the cannabis plant. The times when the cannabis plant is grown for its fiber is typically when you will hear the term “hemp” spoken or written.
The fiber of the cannabis plant is extractable from the stem. Hemp fiber is used to make paper, fiberboard, rope and durable fabrics. Hemp is not the same as marijuana, although many people use the two words interchangeably.
What is Hemp Used For?
Hemp can be used for raw materials, which is why it is widely recognized for its usefulness. The flowers and seeds of hemp can be used to make organic body care and health foods. Consuming hemp seeds can help to relax an anxious mind and help with diet-related stress too when taking as part of a healthy diet.
As for the hemp fibers and stalks, it can help make a range of things, from paper to plastic composites. Given all of the uses of hemp, many farmers are clamoring to grow it as a rotational crop. As a bonus, hemp breathes in carbon dioxide, prevents erosion of the soil, and detoxifies the soil too. Also, as the plant’s remains break down, it transfers valuable nutrients into the soil.
The Illegality of Hemp
Hemp is illegal in the U.S., as per the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This Act classifies cannabis, including hemp, as a Schedule 1 drug. It, therefore, is illegal to grow in our nation. However, we can import it from other countries as long as it has scarce levels of THC. Unfortunately, this U.S. prohibition is keeping our country from fully enjoying the plant’s industrial uses and continues to incorrectly view hemp as being the same as marijuana.
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