The new, clean industrial revolution

It’s time to re-evaluate industrial hemp. Descheduling hemp could bring billions of dollars of growth to the US economy, and the world.

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$78 million hemp trade defecit

With hemp classified as a schedule 1 narcotic, the United States is falling behind other countries that are reaping the benefits of industrial hemp.

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Frequently asked questions

Is hemp the same as marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana derive from the cannabis sativa plant, but they are cultivated differently, possess different chemical attributes, and are used for different reasons. Section 7606 of the Farm Bill Act of 2014 defines hemp as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” Marijuana is high in psychoactive THC and is largely produced for medicinal and recreational use, while hemp contains only trace amounts of THC but is high in CBD, and is used for a much wider variety of purposes.

Do growers use hemp as a front to grow marijuana?

No. Cannabis is a dioecius plant, meaning it possesses both “male” and “female” attributes. In cultivating hemp, the male and female are present to cross-pollinate and produce a naturally resulting low-THC crop. Marijuana is cultivated by regulating the pollination between the plants, with the desire to produce higher levels of resin and THC to occur within the buds. If growers tried to grow high-THC marijuana amongst their hemp crop, the natural pollination of the cannabis plant would occur—the high-THC cash crop would be significantly reduced in value.

Does hemp really have 25,000 uses?

Perhaps more! However, the primary uses of hemp are commonly grouped into categories such as food, nutrition, personal care, health and wellness supplements, paper, fabric, textiles, rope, building materials, animal bedding—and with continued development is highly effective in areas such as medicines, plastic alternatives, and biofuels. With descheduling, the availability of the plant would undoubtedly reveal even more astonishing uses of cannabis as an economic driver, worldwide!

Do we really need hemp?

Since the Farm Bill Act of 2014 over 30 states have adopted programs to begin using hemp to revitalize production, provide jobs, replace dying industries, and boost local economies. In addition, research into hemps renewable, sustainable properties as a green food, fuel and energy resource are underway. With attributes such as these, yes. We need it.

Is hemp oil CBD? What is it?

Hemp oil is a food derived from pressed non-THC hemp seeds, somewhat akin to vegetable oil. CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of many, many compounds found in cannabis known as cannabinoids. Until recently, THC was the most widely known cannabinoid; CBD, however, does not possess the highly psychoactive properties of THC, known for it’s mind-altering effects. CBD is found in higher concentrations in naturally grown hemp and tends to have a dampening effect on THC. CBD is currently under a great deal of scrutiny and exploration for its use in medicinal and wellness benefits, as scientific discoveries in the endocannbinoidal system present within our bodies have demonstrated a relationship to differing cannabinoids. CBD has been found to produce positive effects in relief and treatments of many human maladies, including cancer, epilepsy, anxiety and diabetes.

Is descheduling hemp an excuse to make marijuana available to everyone?

No. Many countries are utilizing hemp and benefiting from its economic value in textiles, manufacturing, clothing, food, CBD oils, building materials, supplements, health & wellness applications, soil reclamation and environmental applications, electronic and energy potential and much more. Marijuana is economically viable in a much more limited scope, primarily recreational and medical. To suggest hemp is merely an excuse to make marijuana legal discounts the potential of a trillion-dollar industry and the potential to solve many needs where markets are dwindling or growing scarce.

Can smoking hemp get you high?

No. Hemp contains less than .03% TetraHydroCannbinol, or THC, that marijuana contains. In comparison, typical decaffeinated coffee contains 1%-3% caffeine; hemp contains less than a third of 1% of any element that might get you “high..” You would die of smoke inhalation before you ever felt any psychotropic effects.

Why was hemp made illegal?

In 1937, Harry Anslinger authored the Marijuana Tax Act, a form of regulation to control marijuana use and sale of cannabis. While hemp saw a resurgence during World War II, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified all forms of cannabis as a Schedule One drug, including non-THC hemp. Hemp has since remained under the same prohibition and the public has not been educated on the difference, even as advances are made around the world.

Is hemp now legal to grow in the United States?

The Farm Bill Act of 2014 enabled growers of hemp to work in conjunction at the State level with the Department of Agriculture and Universities to grow plots of hemp for researching whether hemp grown for industrial purposes would stimulate the American economy and be beneficial for farmers and businesses. Many States are developing programs to make hemp part of their agricultural programs, but at the Federal level hemp is still considered with marijuana as a Schedule One felony to grow outside of the parameters of Section 7606 of the Farm Bill Act.

What is Schedule One, and why is hemp on it?

The Drug Enforcement Agency divides the classification of controlled substances into five categories, or “Schedules” Schedule One reads: “Substances in this schedule have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of substances listed in Schedule One are heroin, LSD, marijuana, peyote, methaqualone and Ecstacy.” Hemp has been considered synonymous with the marijuana plant because of genetics; however, hemp contains only a minute trace of THC, virtually undetectable. Additionally, cannabis has been proven on multiple occasions to possess medicinal value, has never killed anyone, and is not proven to be highly addictive–unlike cigarettes or alcohol. The question remains indeed: why IS hemp (or cannabis) still on this outdated Schedule?