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What is Hemp?

For some of us that’s a trick question, if it’s not you may have already been tricked. Hemp, Cannabis and Marijuana are all the same plant, known as the plant genus, Cannabis. Hemp is a recognized concentration within Cannabis which has been defined by international law as Cannabis containing less than .3% THC by dry weight. By this definition the Cannabis plant can be used for commercial and industrial purposes globally under the alias Hemp.  The varied names for the Cannabis plant date back in history beyond our forefathers then skip to 1906 when the US began a 100 year war against the Cannabis plant. The geniuses in Washington knew they couldn’t eliminate the Cannabis plant entirely as the plant was a vast natural resource used in all forms of commerce both in the US and internationally. As a fiber source it was second to none, so, the geniuses decided to split Cannabis into the Bad and the Good (or taxable) Marihuana and Hemp. Beginning in 1906 Marihuana as it was named became the demon drug from Mexico and those who used it would rape your women and children and then kill you for another fix. Meanwhile the same plant was also called Hemp and tax stamps were issued for the production and cultivation of such for industrial and commercial purposes. Later in the 20th century Hemp was defined, however it was never defined when it was needed for supplies for industry, commerce and war. In fact there was a time during World War II it was a farmers duty to grow Hemp (Cannabis) for the war effort to make ropes, sails, oils and other valuable war time materials. 

In todays complex global society we think we know four things for sure:

  • Hemp is a global commodities product
  • Hemp is defined as Cannabis containing less than .3% THC (dry weight)
  • Hemp can be used to create a wide variety of products
  • Hemp can now be legally sold in all 50 states in the US.

However, even those 4 statements are misleading, there are some countries who still ban Hemp and Hemp products. The Hemp advocates and community argue that Hemp oil should be no more than 3% THC not .3 and many companies ship products nationally and internationally with up to 3% THC regardless of the law. To date there is still no clear law on Hemp concentrates derived from the flower of certified Hemp plants which causes a .3 dry weight to become a 3% concentrated weight in Hemp oil extracts causing most manufacturers to dilute their Hemp products before they can ship across state lines. This is uncharted territory that will be charted soon enough. For those of us on the forefront we keep putting out the information for those in the trenches, they keep putting out the misinformation. One day those trenches will be filled and we will all understand our harmonious relationship with the Cannabis plant and it’s importance to man in all it’s forms.

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