Hemp: The Next Booming Crop for American Farmers

Hemp has always been considered as the crop that no one wanted, for years it was demonised by the press, agricultural bodies and politicians at large, but over the last decade research has boomed in scientific circles about the role that hemp can play in the daily lives of Americans and the benefits it can hold, so is hemp the next booming crop for American Farmers?

Firstly, yes, it is cannabis, but not as you know it. Cannabis is a broad name that embodies a variety of subspecies an geniuses within in. A good similarity to draw is roses, when we talk about roses, we know that they can come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, there are many different species of roses and this is the same for cannabis. Hemp still has the same chemical properties as cannabis but in different proportions. The cannabis or marijuana that you traditionally think of has a higher level of the psychoactive component THC, hemp has a lower level of this but a higher range of cannabidiol. This cannabidiol component is the one we are interested in.

Why Is Hemp Good?

The active component in hemp is cannabidiol, in our bodies we all have CBD receptors that can help us process this chemical. Whilst research is still ongoing, preliminary research is demonstrating the wide-ranging health impacts cannabidiol (CBD) can have. Research has shown that it can boost immune systems, help with syndromes such as crones, epilepsy, provide systematic pain relief and help reduce anxiety and depression just to name a few.

Hemp Is Booming

Between 2018 and 2019 the USA has seen hemp licencing increase by a huge 483%, so why are farmers now investing in and growing hemp? Previously, hemp was imported from South East Asia, and with the trump administration ramping up pressure on the Chinese administration, there was concern that supplies for medical reasons may start running low. This coupled with increased research and a wider public acceptance of the use of Hemp and CBD products to treat a variety of conditions has seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of the product. With the increase of popularity and the impending drying up of supply routes, US farmers have decided to invest in this new crop to keep people in medical marijuana and CBD products.

 Hemp is also a relatively non-invasive crop in comparison to cattle farming, the impact on the climate is far less than if you were to clear the same amount of land to raise cattle. The overheads are also far cheaper, and the crop can offer farmers a large return. As the crop is cultivated and then processed in the USA, American customers are more likely to purchase and trust the products.

How Do You Take Hemp?

Hemp can be taken in a variety of ways, you can take it as an oil, often referred to as CBD oil, which is also put into gummies, dried fruit and you can now even purchase it for your pets. Organisations such as Verma farms offer an array of products that are low in THC (the psychoactive ingredient) and high in CBD which is the chemical compound that bounds with our CBD receptors, this is the reason that Verma farms is trusted by many people.

Is Hemp Legal

Yes, hemp is legal. The Trump administration signed a bill to make it so that American farmers can cultivate, process and then sell on Hemp. It is worth noting that this is where the key distinction between marijuana and hemp comes in. The reason that hemp is legal and the more traditional cannabis is not is due to the lack of psychoactive component THC. However, you are able to purchase CBD oil that is labelled as full spectrum, which means it has equal parts on the component ingredients (including THC). This is where the legality issue becomes more grey than black and white, as some states have legalised cannabis, others have not. With that in mind, if you purchase CBD products outside of Verma Farms (who don’t have full spectrum, as they extract THC out) then in some states you could be breaking the law as the oil or gummies are still classed as a cannabis product, so purchase from farms and producers that you trust.

Final Thoughts

The hemp industry in the USA is one of the fastest growing industries at the point in time. The faster it grows the more farmers will jump on the wagon and also begin to cultivate the product. This is good for many Americans as it means they can have access to a product that can really work towards improving their health and access it at a fair price due to the increase of competition. Just be warned that whilst hemp is now legal, cannabis is not across all 51 states, so err on the side of caution and only purchase from reputable sources.

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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