Hemp is often cultivated for its bast fibre or its edible seeds and is often confused with the cannabis plants that serve as sources of marijuana flower and similar preparations. Although both products—hemp and marijuana—contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound that produces psychoactive effects in humans, the variety of cannabis cultivated for hemp has only small amounts of THC relative to that grown for the production of consumable marijuana. During World War II, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was even lifted briefly to allow for hemp fiber production to create ropes for the U.S. Navy but after the war hemp reverted to its illegal status.
It’s no secret that hemp is a special material!
It can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
In 1937, with alcohol prohibition being obsolete, the Department of Prohibition quickly found something new to ostracize and with a few powerful people tied strongly to the pulp and paper industry it made sense that hemp was targeted as competition. Thus began the funding of propaganda efforts against the “evil weed.” Recently though, much discussion around the plant has changed as cannabis legalization begins to sweep the states and consumers educate on the uses of hemp. The value of U.S. hemp production totaled $712 million..
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Ariana is a multimedia artist, cannabis advocate, and content creator based in Montana. Passionate about people and the planet, she finds purpose in helping plan and execute ideas striving for social and environmental improvement. She aims to be a conscious consumer and thought leader, believing that the cannabis community is key to changing the narrative of what it means to be a “stoner.”