Part 1 – What is Hemp? What is it not?
Welcome to the world of hemp! But before we talk about anything that hemp can do, it is important that we establish the most basic question: What is hemp? And along with that: What is it not?
Hemp is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which can be separated into male and female plants. These plants have many purposes and can be used for countless things from fiber, protein, oils, and smokable portions.
So, is hemp marijuana and is marijuana hemp? Let’s talk about the name identifiers: Industrial Hemp and Marijuana Cannabis. They are created from the same plant, but the genetics of the industrial hemp may only have a trace of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the cannabinoid in marijuana that gets you high, so marijuana cannabis has the THC, Industrial Hemp has only a trace. The industrial hemp plant on its own can contain Cannabidiol (CBD) in the flower only, not the seed or the stock.
Industrial Hemp can be used to create tons of products that have little to no THC (<0.3%) so they will not have any psychoactive properties. The list of products is essentially endless, everything from paper, clothing, textiles, animal feed, plastic, cosmetic uses, and hemp-based food products like seeds, milk, protein powder, and oil. Industrial Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, which is why it is considered to be one of the most sustainable resources.
Overall, Industrial hemp is a sustainable resource that is grown naturally all over the world. It contains no THC and is simply used to create products in almost every category.
Information about Hemp in Canada and the laws and regulations around it can be found here.