Industrial Hemp Cultivating

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Why is Cultivating Industrial Hemp Illegal in the United States? Hemp is the term used to describe the variety of cannabis that is grown for its fiber, seeds, and seed oils and not its drug properties. Hemp is legally cultivated in every industrialized country around the world, except for here in America. Hemp, unlike marijuana which is a term used to describe the variety of cannabis that is grown for its drug traits, does not contain the levels of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannibonal) necessary to get “high.” Currently the Federal Government of the United States makes no distinction between these varieties of cannabis when it comes to cultivation, and because the cultivation of marijuana is illegal so is the cultivation of hemp. The cultivation…show more content…
temporarily began issuing) in order to grow hemp in support of the war effort. The hemp plant produces strong industrial fibers that at this time were in short supply because most had to be imported from overseas. The film shows a history of hemp and its’ products, how it should be properly grown, and how it can be processed into rope, cloth, cordage, and other products. I pulled this quote from the 13 minute film Hemp for Victory, which is freely available to watch on or download from “American hemp must meet the needs of our Army and Navy as well as of our industries.”(Evans, 1942). Shortly after the end of WWII the government discontinued issuing the tax stamps effectively making the cultivation of the hemp plant once again…show more content…
This is misinformation, because industrial hemp typically contains only around 0.3% THC, where as marijuana grown for its drug traits may contain anywhere from 2% to over 20% THC. These low THC levels show that trying to consume enough hemp to get “high” just wouldn’t be practical. Hemp, like marijuana, also contains another cannabinoid called CBD (Cannabidiol). CBD is known to be non-psychoactive. Hemp varieties typically contain around a 1:20 THC to CBD ratio, where as marijuana has been bred to lower percentages of CBD and may contain a 20:1 or even higher THC to CBD content ratio. (Hemp Facts, 1997) Not only are there not high enough levels of THC to cause the psychoactive affects that “users” are looking for, but the elevated CBD content of hemp would prevent the “user” from ever achieving a “high” no matter the amount of hemp they consumed. Countries which allow industrial hemp farming have not noted problems with hemp being used as a drug. However, the United States government appears to be unwilling to face the actual facts regarding the differences between industrial hemp and

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