While hemp is known to have a variety of therapeutic properties, the plant’s growing popularity means it has become subject to an array of misconceptions. Here are a few of the top hemp myths, debunked.
Hemp and Marijuana are the One in the Same
While hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis sativa family, they are completely different from one another in both function and application. While marijuana is widely used for medicinal or recreational purposes, hemp is known to have over 25,000 possible applications.
Hemp Can Get You High
The THC levels found in hemp are so low that it’s virtually impossible to get high from it. Moreover, hemp contains a relatively high percentage of another cannabinoid, CBD, that actually impedes the marijuana-style high. That’s why hemp is most recognized for its wellness properties.
Hemp is Illegal
All cannabis varieties were heavily regulated when the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enforced. And following the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, all forms of cannabis, including hemp, were classified as a Schedule I drug. While misconceptions about hemp still persist, the 2018 Farm Bill made it legal for farmers to grow industrial hemp for the first time since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act.
Only Clothing and Rope is Made from Hemp
With the capabilities to produce crucial resources such as rope, clothing, paper, housing material, skincare products, and dietary supplements, hemp has been the catalyst for man’s earliest innovations. Although the value of hemp fiber has been acknowledged for centuries, other parts of the plant—seeds, core, and flowers—have become valuable commodities in the modern era.
The Truth Will Set You Free
The more we equip people with the truth about hemp, the less likely these myths will perpetuate any longer.
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