Debunking Myths and Misconceptions about Hemp
Hemp is a very versatile plant, surrounded by many myths and misconceptions. With over 50,000 different products which can be made from, or with Hemp, it's not likely to disappear from the marketplace anytime soon, now that it has been re-introduced.
It remains, however, surrounded by a large amount of mystery. Partly due to its "newness" in modern society (having experienced a "boom" in recent years), and partially perpetuated by those whose profit margins are threatened by Hemp usage (for ex., Pharmaceuticals, Synthetic packaging and clothing, Cotton, etc.)
Today we will attempt to set straight a few of the most common myths and outright lies about this wonder of nature, Hemp.
Hemp Can Make You High
When Hemp was banned, in 1937, it was done so alongside its cousin plant Marijuana. There are, however, several key differences in the plants. The foremost being that the compound THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is responsible for the psychoactive effects (the "high") is far less abundant in the Hemp plant (legally being required to be <.3% dry weight) The result i that you could never hope to gt "high" by consuming Hemp. In fact, you could smoke an entire football field of Hemp, and you would develop lung problems from the smoke long before any "buzz!"
Hemp can cause you to fail a drug test
You have to look at this issue in 2 ways. First, Hemp food products which come from Hemp Seeds and Hemp Seed Oil, do not contain the same chemical compounds (called Cannabinoids, like CBD and THC), so there is no way that you can ingest THC from Hemp foods. Next, CBD Products are highly unlikely to show up on any drug screening test. This is due to the extremely low concentration of THC (<.3%). However, if you are still concerned about this, there are THC Free products available.
Hemp Legalization will only lead to undoing all drug laws
Regardless of your opinion about the legalization of Marijuana or any other drugs, it is illogical to believe that legalization of one substance would lead to the prohibition of another being lifted. As we have seen, Hemp and Marijuana are related, but completely different plants chemically and purposely. Any attempt by anyone to lump them together is motivated by either lack of knowledge, or an agenda.
Marijuana plants can be hidden amongst a Hemp Field
An offshoot of the "Hemp is no different than Marijuana" myth this one is even less true. Several qualities of the plants prevent this. First of all, Hemp and Marijuana are very different physically from each other. Hemp is a taller plant with narrower leaves than the shorter, bushier Marijuana plant. Hemp is also planted very close together, in rows, whereas Marijuana is planted at least 6 feet apart and both require different growing conditions. But perhaps the most pressing effect of planting them together is that if you plant any Marijuana plants near a Hemp field, the pollens released from the Hemp will affect the Marijuana plants by diminishing significantly the potency of its THC.
Hemp is the "Fix-All" for the world's problems
Hemp is a powerful plant, yes. It has so many use, it would be nearly impossible to list them all. It also has the potential to revolutionize several industries and benefit the environment. It is, however, at the end of the day, still just a plant! In the end, any changes that can be affected by Hemp will need to be implemented by motivated and conscious individuals such as Farmers, Entrepreneurs and Scientists, amongst others. Hemp by itself is not a panacea for all our problems. It is, however, a very powerful tool in the arsenal to affect change.
Although not all-inclusive, this list includes five of the most common misconceptions. Hemp has a bit of a journey to become accepted into mainstream society. Hemp is surrounded by mystery, especially if you do not invest a little time and effort into learning about it and its qualities, and dispelling the myths and falsehoods surrounding it. There is work to do, and the sooner we get started, the better.
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5 Common Myths and Misconceptions About CBD Hemp Oil BY ECHO, THURSDAY, 20 APRIL 2017
5 MYTHS ABOUT HEMP THAT ARE COMPLETELY WRONG! PureKanna, May 16, 2019
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