Legal hemp – Farmers interested?

Hemp is also known as industrial hemp. It is a variant of the plant species known as ‘Cannabis Sativa’. This product is only grown to be used for industrial processes and purposes. It is among those plants that grow very fast. More than a hundred decades ago, hemp became the first crop that was used for the purpose of spinning. This means that this was the first fiber that became a spun material. In the current day, this material has found purpose in many forms that include the following: 

  • Paper 
  • Cloth 
  • Paint 
  • Plastics that are degradable 
  • Food for animals, etc. 

Interesting fact – The largest producer of hemp in the world is China. Out of the whole output of hemp, China accounts for nearly 70% of the produce. The second-largest production is done by France. 

Hemp and CBD 

Hemp is derived from the same plant species that gives us Cannabis, which is a drug. However, hemp has higher amounts of a component called cannabidiol (CBD) which reduces the psychoactive qualities of the fiber. The presence of CBD is actually supposed to have a positive effect on human beings. CBD is extracted from the fiber to be used in various other areas. The areas in which CBD proves to be useful include: 

  • Anxiety and stress relief 
  • Treatment for Epilepsy 
  • Help treat neurodegenerative diseases 
  • Pain reliever 

From the above points, you may have gathered that CBD has many useful qualities, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. This has led to the incorporation of this crop in various products. To know more about that, please click here. This, therefore, proves to be a very commercially useful crop for the farmers to cultivate. So, these days farmers have started venturing into the cultivation of hemp, even if it means they have to grow an unfamiliar crop.