While looking into plant-derived cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), it’s likely you’ve come across the term “industrial hemp” being used in reference to the hemp cultivars that are often used to make CBD oil. “Industrial hemp” and “hemp” can be used interchangeably, which can often cause confusion or elicit concerns over the purity and cleanliness of hemp and its derived oils. Once you understand the reason hemp is often referred to as industrial hemp, however, it comes clear that the plant is perfectly safe for consumption.
So why is hemp often called industrial hemp?
The term industrial hemp may have originally been implemented in an effort to distance hemp from its psychoactive cannabis family member and its illicit uses. However, it could have also been used to describe the daunting number of uses for hemp.
Hemp is a tall and hardy plant that has been cultivated for centuries for its many industrial purposes. Its pulp or fiber can be used for paper, rope, or textiles. It can also be used to produce naturally biodegradable plastic and can be made into biodiesel fuel, replacing petroleum. Hemp fiber can be used for building materials like fiber board, building blocks, and other building materials like insulation.
Hemp can also be used for food for humans and animals. The plant’s seeds are good sources of essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, protein, and an array of vitamins and minerals. The seeds can be eaten raw, ground into meal, or pressed to make milk or oil.
Hemp is also an effective source for CBD, its most abundant cannabinoid, which has been found to have antioxidant and neuroprotectant properties and beneficial for treating an array of conditions and symptoms. When grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers, hemp can be safely used for human consumption, either via food or CBD oil products.
Today, hemp is grown in many countries around the world. In the United States, the 2014 Farm Bill gave states the right to pass industrial hemp legislation for research and pilot programs, and so far more than 30 have done so.
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