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"A Brief History of Hemp in the U.S."

Hemp has been around for thousands of years (12,000 at least, as the North American Industrial Hemp Council, Inc. noted – and it was once legal in the United States, used to make ship sails and other textiles and paper. (In fact, the word “canvass” – a name for the thick material used to make ship sails – comes from the word “cannabis,” according to the NAIHC.) These products were made out of the fiber provides in the woody stems of the hemp (cannabis) plant. Hemp is, by its nature, low in THC. In other words, hemp won’t get you high, but it can provide clothing, industrial and fabric materials, and paper at a lower cost to both people and the landscape than cotton can.

In the early years of the United States, hemp was abundant, and important political and societal figures often grew their own, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence, the document the United States was founded on, was written on hemp paper and still survives today, along with the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Bill of Rights at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. The great U.S. inventor Ben Franklin owned a hemp paper mill, and during World War II, Manila, Philippines, was a major source of hemp supplies for the country. When the Japanese cut off that supply, the United States started the “Hemp for Victory” campaign to supply its own hemp – it was required to be grown by the American people.

What’s the Difference between Hemp and Cannabis?

Industrial hemp and marijuana are both technically cannabis sativa, a plant species which has many, many varieties, as we well know. The purpose of marijuana consumption is generally to produce euphoric, relaxing states or relieve pain – the THC in the plant is what causes the euphoria. Industrial hemp, on the other hand, is bred not for the high but for maximum fiber, seed, and oil production for products that will be created later from the plant. The NAIHC notes that a “trained eye” can distinguish between the two plants quite easily – and industrial hemp is required by government laws to have between .05% and 1% THC, whereas marijuana THC levels can be anywhere from 3% to 36%. Many marijuana breeders are trying to increase the THC content in marijuana to increase the high for consumers, whereas industrial hemp farmers keep the THC levels so low that consuming, smoking, or vaping their products would have no effect except to cause lengthy coughing fits.

Hemp Laws in the United States

Hemp laws in the United States have been more lenient since the Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as the 2014 Farm Bill) was signed by President Barack Obama. The Act included Section 7606 which allows state departments of agriculture and universities to cultivate hemp for certain reasons, such as for purposes of research. Following the bill’s approval, Kentucky, Vermont, and Colorado began growing hemp legally; the DEA and the DOJ are prohibited from “spending tax dollars” to deter hemp farming for research purposes in states where it is legal. In 2015, U.S. Senators (bipartisan) introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, meant to allow American farmers to cultivate and produce industrial hemp for a variety of purposes – the bill was also intended to remove hemp from the Controlled Substances list if it contained less than .3% THC. Currently, the bill is with the Subcommittee on Health in the U.S. government. Today hemp can legally be grown and hemp seeds produced in Oregon, California, Indiana, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

Hemp Farming in the United States

Hemp can be and is legally farmed in the following U.S. states, although the country imports hemp from other countries like Canada, Europe, and China – where is Donald Trump on this buy local opportunity?? According to Hemp History Week, an organization dedicated to educating people about hemp’s great potential in the United States, hemp is worth roughly 2.5 times the value that corn and soy are, and is much less harsh for the environment and farmers’ land (hemp promotes soil remediation, large amounts of pollen for bees and other helpful insects, and needs no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers for growth). Hemp seeds are used in the production of CBD oil, a revolutionary treatment that is forwarding health research and symptom management across many different diseases and illnesses. Green Lotus Hemp is at the forefront of this research and CBD oil production, providing hope and help for people in need.

The Future of Hemp

Hemp has a promising future; its cultivation for the purposes of health, research, environmental health, and the overwhelming strength of its fibers and the groundbreaking products made from it speak to the promise that hemp farmers understand. As more and more farmers and the public come to understand the value of hemp as a national product and a healthcare necessity, the industry is poised to grow exponentially into the next few decades.

Julie K Godard

About Julie Godard:

Julie, a guest blogger of Green Lotus Hemp Products, is a strong advocate of cannabis, both in medical and recreational forms, for expanding our knowledge of medicine, culture, and the reality of our planet. She is an experienced freelance writer, content strategist, and cannabis industry researcher with a deep concern for social welfare and love of scientific discovery.


 Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of GLH products are sold as nutritional supplements, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

About Green Lotus Hemp

Green Lotus Hemp
600 17th Street Suite 2800
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 888-811-HEMP (4367)
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