Hemp: What Is It, How It’s Used, Where to Purchase Online [2019 Guide]

For many centuries, hemp has had several uses: paper, textiles, cordage, nutrition etc. Nowadays, the true potential of this drug has been discovered, though it was made illegal for so long.

With the new Hemp Farming Act signed into law by President Trump back in December of 2018, however,  expect to start seeing a much broader use of hemp products in the USA and wordlwide.

| With the new Hemp Farming Act signed into law, Americans can expect to see hemp products and cultivation regain a foothold throughout the country.

What does this mean for you, the average customer who may be interested in buying USA-made hemp products, growing a small crop of the plants yourself?

Most are not familiar with the plethora of practical uses of hemp, let alone what the characteristics of the plant actually are.

What is Hemp? (How It’s Used, and Where/How  to Buy it Online)

Hemp is a variant of the Cannabis plant species, to be more “scientifically accurate,” the term ‘Cannabis’ refers to the plant genus, while the terms ‘sativa,’ ‘indica,’ and ‘ruderalis’ refer to the actual plant species.

In other words, there are three separate species of cannabis plants, which are correctly identified as follows:

  • Cannabis sativa (includes both ‘marijuana’ plants and ‘hemp’ plants)
  • Cannabis indica (includes marijuana plants)
  • Cannabis ruderalis (a primitive, relatively rare species of cannabis evolved to endure harsh, cold climates)

Hemp is simply a variation of the Cannabis sativa plant which is a large classification of plants that includes most all ‘regular’ marijuana strains that people use to get high.

This is where the majority of confusion takes place; people assume that ‘hemp’ and ‘marijuana’ are two completely different plants, but this is not true. There are in fact many differences between hemp and marijuana, the main one, of course, being that hemp plants do not produce a high.

WHAT EXACTLY IS HEMP?

Hemp is best defined as a version of Cannabis that is used for nutrition and fiber. The plants can grow extremely tall (upwards of 15 ft), and the stems produce very tough fibers.  The seeds of the plant are also very nutritious and historically have been used for livestock feed (though they are an excellent source of nutrition for humans as well).

IF HEMP “IS” CANNABIS, WHY DOESN’T IT GET YOU HIGH?

The compound in cannabis that gets people high is THC, and simply put, the reason hemp doesn’t get you high is that it barely produces any THC at all. On average, standard marijuana plants (i.e. ones that people smoke to get high), contain an average THC content of about 12-25%. Hemp, on the other hand, is defined as having 0.3% THC or less which is not nearly enough to produce any kind of a high.

WHY IS HEMP SO IMPORTANT — AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH CBD?

Hemp has been of crucial importance throughout history due to the reasons mentioned above (nutrition, textiles, construction, etc). More recently, however, hemp is being valued for its CBD content. While hemp plants produce almost no THC, some varieties can produce copious amounts of CBD – a natural plant component that possesses most of the health benefits of cannabis, and none of the mind-altering effects.

 

WHY GROW HEMP?

The historical uses for hemp are actually rather mind-blowing. One of the oldest known uses of hemp was to reinforce pottery, with artifacts dating to 8,000+ B.C. having been discovered in what is now present-day southeast Asia. Also, ancient hemp fabric for clothing has been dated to at least 4,000 B.C., which is one of the oldest relics of human industry. Today, people grow hemp primarily for livestock meal, seed production (nutrition), and more recently, the production of CBD oil (CBD can be extracted from the flowers, leaves, and the stalk of the plant).

HOW IS HEMP USED?

Hemp has more than 25,000 possible uses. Hemp crops and raw hemp materials can be incorporated into countless amounts of products, and it is our hope that the crop regains importance in the U.S. and globally with the recent passing of the Hemp Farming Act.

With So Many Uses, Why Was Hemp Illegal?

Statistics show that the estimated retail value of all the hemp products sold in the United States is approximated around $620 million,  even though all of these products in recent years have been imported from other countries. Why is this the pattern?

Prior to 2014, it was illegal to grow hemp in the United States. The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act strongly regulated the cultivation of cannabis.

Furthermore, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 decided that all species of cannabis would be recognized as Schedule I drugs, which required virtually all hemp fiber and hemp products sold in the U.S. to be imported from other countries.

Fortunately, with the new Hemp Farming Act now passed, American farmers can once again be able to take full advantage of this important crop, as will the American economy in general as we will no longer have to import hemp products into the U.S. from other countries.

How to Buy Hemp Online (Top Products For Sale)

The are many resources online that make it possible to allocate the exact type of hemp you like, for any variety of purposes. The most common form of hemp is hemp seeds, with their valuable protein content, they are nutritious, and are tasty and simple to consume. Hemp milk, hemp oil, hemp cosmetics, and hemp clothing are also all popular products. that are available online in the US.

1.  Hemp Seeds

These are in their completely natural form, allowing you to experiment with them as much as desired. You can add these snacks into your favorite recipes, your smoothies in the morning, and even mix them up with pudding for a healthy dessert. The ones we sell on hightokes are very affordable

2.  Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is like one of the many other available dairy replacements. Many have claimed that hemp milk is the healthiest of all non-dairy options due to its high Omega-6 and Omega-3 count. We offer two 32 oz. containers of hemp milk in the flavor vanilla for a reasonable price.

3.  Hemp Oil

Hemp oil, having a stronger flavor than hemp seeds, is a healthy addition to any meal. Simply drop 1 tablespoon of this oil into any dish once a day, and quickly receive the healing benefits of this nutrient-rich crop. This oil is affordable and can be found in our shop.

4.  Hemp Protein Fibre

With 23 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving, hemp protein powder makes a wonderful addition to any smoothie. Keep good health or even lose weight with this filling, with low in calories protein powder, that will provide you will your daily nutritional needs. in our shop, it’s easy to purchase a 3 pound bag for cheap and get it shipped quickly.

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