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The Top 4 Hemp Myths Debunked

First cultivated in China as early as 2800 BCE, the seed producing hemp plant known as cannabis sativa has often been mistaken for its more famous psychoactive cousins. Though hemp has been in use for thousands of years, the highly versatile and eco-friendly plant has a somewhat mixed reputation in modern times. Read on to learn the top 4 myths about hemp and the real truth behind this underrated superstar plant, which just happens to be our hero active ingredient! 

Myth: Hemp and Marijuana are Exactly the Same

It’s confusing when hemp and marijuana are sometimes used interchangeably, so we forgive you for not knowing they’re not actually the same thing! Although industrial hemp is a member of the Cannabaceae family, sources of marijuana come from very different cultivars within the same family. Cannabis contains significant amounts of psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), while hemp does not. 

In most jurisdictions cannabis is considered industrial hemp if it contains less than .3% of THC. In comparison marijuana species bred for psychoactive traits contain 10-20% THC, if not more. So if you were wondering, the answer is no, you can’t get high from industrial hemp!

Myth: Hemp Seed Oil Is the Same as CBD Oil

Out of the many cannabis extracts available,  compound cannabidiol or CBD oil is one of the most well-known. Popularly used to treat common ailments like pain and anxiety, CBD is sold everywhere from health food stores to online marketplaces. True CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant and will contain cannabidiol while hemp oil does not (though it does have therapeutic value due to high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids).

This common misconception might mean a casual buyer ends up purchasing hemp seed oil assuming it to be CBD – take note, they’re not the same, and are used for different purposes!

Myth: Hemp Fields are Ideal Places for Hiding Illegal Marijuana Crops

As one of the most prominent anti-hemp arguments, this myth is quite a persistent one even though in practice it is nowhere near practical. For starters, marijuana and hemp don’t mix well together. Not only does cross-pollination reduce the THC concentration of marijuana, potentially ruining the crop, the physical differences are quite stark to trained agricultural inspectors. The lean and tall hemp plant is grown clustered together whereas marijuana crops require more spacing.

Physical differences aside, the industrial hemp industry is highly regulated, making it impossible to conceal marijuana within its ranks. In Australia where hemp farming was legalised in 2009, strict conditions around licensing, farm locations, inspections and monitoring are all part and parcel with growing hemp.  

Hemp has limited uses

An extremely useful plant, hemp has been selectively bred for centuries for food, fibre, and medicine. Uses include but are not limited to therapeutic purposes such as for treating skin and hair, textiles for bedding, insulation, and clothing textiles, and even as a sustainable form of bio-fuel! Best of all, the high-yielding crop requires 50% less water and little to no pesticides to grow unlike conventional fibres like cotton, making it the ideal superplant of the future.

An amazing plant like hemp doesn’t deserve its suspicious reputation. By debunking these 4 myths, we hope we can help to restore hemp’s standing as a powerful multitasking crop and with many therapeutic benefits!

 

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