Although both of my former blog posts were centered around the use of marijuana, please do not be confused. Hemp and marijuana are in the same family, but both plants are valuable for different reasons. Both Hemp and marijuana are apart of the cannabis family, but are cultivated and applied completely different to everyday life.

Hemp is used in a variety of applications that marijuana could not physically be used for at all. In their physical makeup, hemp and marijuana are completely different. As you can see in the picture below, hemp plants are aligned on the left side and marijuana, its much more popular cousin, is aligned on the right side. Hemp stalks can grow up to four meters tall organically, and do not need pesticides to grow. Hemp leaves are much thinner and less densely placed than leaves of a marijuana plant.

Chemically, hemp and marijuana differ in their capacity for THC. Hemp is categorized by a low THC level, less than 0.3%, while marijuana is categorized by high THC levels, ranging anywhere from between 5% to 35%. Hemp compensates for its lack of THC with a higher amount of CBD, the non-intoxicating compound with more medical applications.  Due to its lack of high THC level, hemp is not a psychoactive plant, opposed to marijuana. In terms of cultivation, hemp requires minimal care and can adapt to grow in the majority of climates. On the other hand, marijuana must be grown in carefully controlled atmospheres. Naturally, there are only a few specific climates that have the capacity to produce marijuana. This explains why in the photo the hemp plants are photographed in a natural environment, while marijuana cultivation is taking place in a warehouse. hemp-vs-marijuana-featured-photo-v3

The reason why hemp is so interesting is because it has the potential to be help provide sustainable energy. It has already been used in tests to power automobiles, providing an alternative fuel to harsh fossil fuel emissions. Hemp has also been used in body care, clothing, construction, food production, plastic, and much more. The plant has been grown for centuries and production of it has soared over the past year.

According to Jeremy Berke of the Business Insider, the impact of the legalization of cannabis across various states has lead to great industrial excitement. From 2016 to 2017, the number of acres licensed for hemp cultivation increased 140 and the number of producers DOUBLED over the same time. Following projections, the hemp market in the United States alone is prime to hit $1.65 billion in 2021. In March of this year, Senator Mitch McConnell introduced a bill to legalize industrial hemp. I am positive, that in a few years, all cannabis use will be legal due to its economic implications. In America, if it makes money, it makes complete sense. If i had a recommendation, I would suggest you to get in the industry now before it gets dominated by large corporations.

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