5 Most Common Misconceptions about Hemp

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5 Most Common Misconceptions about Hemp

Hemp can get you “High”
Hemp is a variety of Cannabis Sativa plant species that is grown for its industrial uses. Both marijuana and hemp come from the same plant species, but what distinguishes them is the female plant gender. In marijuana plant, it’s the female plant that produces the flowers and buds that are used for recreation or medicine, in order to gain psychoactive or non-psychoactive effect (depending on the cannabinoid content). Psychoactive meaning it can get you “high”. With  Industrial hemp, the female plant produces the seeds and strong fibers which are used for industrial and commercial purposes, so it won’t give any psychoactive effect. Based on studies, Industrial hemp only has traces of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is .3% - 1% or less. While marijuana can have anywhere from 5% to over 20% THC content.


Hemp and Marijuana (medical and recreational) are all the same
Though they are of the same cannabis family, hemp is distinguished from other cannabis species because of its very low THC content.

Hemp plant is useless

Hemp is the most versatile plant on the planet. It can be used as food, textile, fuel, house, plastic, paper, medicine etc. What’s great about this wonder plant is,  it doesn’t need any pesticides or herbicides to grow.  In fact, Hemp has the strongest and longest plant fiber in the world, resistant to rot and abrasion. It was used for ship rigging, military uniforms, parachute wedding and more.  

  • Food - Hemp seeds contain a protein that is more nutritious and more economical to produce than soybean protein. Hemp seeds are not intoxicating. Hemp seed protein can be used to produce virtually any product made from soybean: tofu, veggie burgers, butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream, milk, etc. Hemp seed can also be ground into a nutritious flour that can be used to produce baked goods such as pasta, cookies, and bread.

  • Houses - Hemp can be used for construction, building houses or they call it hempcrete. Hemp can be used to produce fiberboard that is stronger and lighter than wood. Substituting hemp fiberboard for timber would further reduce the need to cut down our forests

  • Paper - Hemp paper is stronger than wood-based paper and can withstand more folding.Hemp paper will last hundreds of years without degrading, can be recycled many more times than tree-based paper, and requires less toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process than does paper made from trees. In fact, The U.S. Constitution was written on hemp paper.

  • Plastic -  Hemp can be used to produce strong, durable and environmentally-friendly plastic substitutes. Thousands of products made from petroleum-based plastics can be produced from hemp-based composites. Henry Ford had a car that was made of hemp, soybean, and plastic.  Not only was it lighter than steel, but it withstood ten times the impact, all without denting.
  • Fuel - Hemp can provide two types of fuel:

    1.           Hemp Biodiesel – oil from the hemp seed

    2.           Hemp ethanol/methanol – made the hemp stalk


Hemp foods can cause a positive drug test

Hemp foods don’t contain THC, so it's impossible to fail a drug test by just eating them. Hemp is a "superfood" that can provide your body with all the essential omega 3 and 6 necessary for a healthy diet. To make sure you’re getting the best of the benefits of hemp, read labels and make sure to only purchase hemp foods from trustworthy and lab tested companies.


Using hemp plants to hide marijuana plants

Hemp plants and marijuana plants are grown in very different conditions. Hemp plants grow outdoors and do not need a lot of maintenance. They can grow with no fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. While marijuana is totally the opposite, it grows in a controlled environment. It needs a lot of maintenance like proper ventilation, light, temperature, CO2 and oxygen levels. The reason why marijuana needs TLC because growers are focused on producing more buds (buds are the flowers used for recreation) because that's what marijuana is for.  So no marijuana grower would risk it planting outdoors, it would be a waste of time and money.

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