What is hemp and what are the benefits of using hemp?
Until 1937 hemp was a major crop grown in the US. Thanks to the aggressive legalization across the word, the plant is gaining its place as a major crop. But how well do you know the hemp pant? What do you know about the many benefits of hemp?
In this article, we take a look at what the hemp pant is all about. We shall also be looking at why it's gaining so much popularity today. Are you ready for this?
What is hemp?
Many people confuse hemp with the cannabis plant. Well, that should not happen as it is wrong.
Let's start from the top. Cannabis is a plant that belongs to the cannabaceae family. We are talking about the conventional method used to classify pants. Cannabis comprises three species; two major ones which are sativa and indica and a minor ruderalis.
Now, under these three species, the cannabis plant houses two subspecies that are sometimes referred to as varieties. These Are hemp and marijuana.
Hemp is the variety of cannabis species that has less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). On the other hand, marijuana or weed is the variety with more than 0.3% THC.
You may be wondering what THC is. Cannabis plants carry hundreds of compounds. A special group of these compounds known as cannabinoids has the ability to engage our bodies. Cannabinoids are why you will get high from smoking cannabis. But did you know that consuming hemp will not get you high?
Among The cannabinoids is THC. The cannabinoid is responsible for giving you a head high when taken. However, the 0.3% threshold is put in place to distinguish between the varieties on the basis of which one is potent enough to make you high. Hemp plants have little potency that does not result in a high.
Does that mean that hemp plants have lesser importance? Definitely not.
Uses of hemp
Hemp plants can be used in many ways depending on their form. Yes, you can extract the active compounds of hemp such as CBD or use it as a whole plant. Here are the most common ways in which hemp is used
- Hemp oil is used for therapeutic purposes. The oil can be further processed to different products such as topicals, edibles, sublinguals and vapes. All these have a plethora of benefits when added to your health and wellness routine.
- Hemp food is going mainstream. Hemp seeds are a rich source of proteins and other essential minerals. Also, hemp oil can be used in the place of your regular cooking oil.
- Hemp plants are made up of 70% cellulose fiber. When harvested the fiber can be a source of building materials. In fact, we now have cloth and shoes made from hemp fiber. Did you know that Henry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor Company) built a car whose body panels used hemp fibers?
Where to buy the best hemp products
Oregonized Family Farm is a family owned hemp product seller with a great history of producing the best hemp every season. As a family business, we are more keen in our growing formula that ensures safe and cannabinoid rich hemp flowers. Bulk processing is not our main priority.
At Oregonized Family Farm, we grow non-GMO hemp crops organically on the fertile Oregon soils. Get the best hemp flowers and seeds from the best in Oregon.