Industrial hemp is a versatile plant with the potential to save forests, replace plastic with a bio-plastic alternative and has many health benefits to humans and animals. Historically, the plant was highly recognized with the evidence of its use going back to as early as 8000 years BC. Although for over half a decade the industrial use of hemp has been challenged, the 2018 Farm bill is an indication of its rebirth.
In the history of North America, as early as the 1600s, the law required and encouraged farmers to grow hemp for industrial use, namely for rope, sailcloth, oil and clothing materials.
The fact that hemp was acknowledged by President Thomas Jefferson, who was one of the founding fathers of America and the third President of the republic is a clear indication that it was a valuable resource. He said, “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
George Washington, who was also a founding father and the first President of the United States of America also highly esteemed the hemp plant and supported its cultivation. He said, “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
However, in the 1950s, hemp production was halted due to state regulations and poor market conditions. And for over 50 years, hemp was classified under the Controlled Substances Act.
The good news is that in the recent past, a lot of strides have been made in recognition of hemp as an industrial plant. America has finally recognized hemp as an industrial plant that has a lot of benefits to the country and hemp laws have been effected to reflect this. The purpose of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 is to stop regulating and controlling the production of cannabis that has less than 0.3% THC. In the year 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law legalizing industrial hemp across the USA.
Worth noting is that different states in America have different policies regarding the 2014 Farm Bill, the main restriction being the sale of the products derived outside of each state.
Although a farmer usually faces many challenges when growing a new crop, this is not the case with industrial hemp. Indeed, many farmers are getting higher yields from growing hemp compared to growing other crops. Vote Hemp, a national hemp advocacy group states that as of 2018, there were many acres under hemp cultivation in the USA.
Many products can be produced from hemp. Some of the products are edible and an excellent alternative to animal-based protein. Hemp extract extracted from the stalk, seeds and sometimes the flowers of the plant is one of the essential hemp products you can consume. The extract contains many minerals, including vitamin E, phosphorous, calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and iron. It also contains antioxidants and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Apart from farmers growing industrial hemp, other organizations are dealing with the production of hemp products. One such organization is Hempworx. Hempworx manufactures various beneficial hemp products to supply to their online and local consumers.
They manufacture several products with hemp properties. The organization has partnered with hemp farmers in Kentucky to ensure that they get the best quality hemp and make certain that they have good hemp supplies to meet market demands.