The moment has finally come. It’s so close you can even smell it. On Wednesday night, the House approved the 2018 Farm Bill, which, among other issues, will remove hemp from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. The last step for the bill to become a federal law is President Donald Trump, who will very likely sign it. If he does, as it is widely expected, it will be the ground point for the hemp industry to emerge once again as one of the most important crops in the United States.
The vote in the House was decisive with a vast majority in favor: 396 to 47. One of the most important issues in the Farm Bill regarding hemp is the redefinition of cannabis plants. When signed by president Trump, cannabis plants with no more than 0.3% of THC will be considered hemp.
This is a crucial point, because all of the cannabis plants with 0.3% of THC or lower will not be considered illegal plants on a federal level. For the first time since the Controlled Substances Act was approved in 1971, there will be a distinction on psychoactive and not psychoactive cannabis plants. Until now, cannabis, hemp included, was a Schedule 1 Drug, making it illegal to grow across the United States. The solution was to import hemp from Europe.
According to Marijuana Business Daily, if President Trump signs the bill, this will remove hemp’s low amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) from the Controlled Substances act. It will allow nationwide hemp production regulated by the Department of Agriculture and guarantee interstate commerce for hemp products, including CBD.
But why is there such a fuss about hemp legalization? Well, because hemp can basically save the world. Almost nothing, right? Let’s take a look at why hemp is one of earth’s most sustainable plants. As some activist say: “It’s rope, not dope!”.
What is Hemp?
There is much confusion about what hemp is and the difference between hemp and marijuana. Well, they are actually brothers, and their mama is the cannabis plant. Hemp, also known as industrial hemp, is a variety of cannabis sativa and refers to the plant that has less than 1% of THC. Therefore, industrial hemp has no psychoactive effects.
What is Hemp used for?
From high nutrition food to building houses. Yes, hemp is that good. Prohibition is responsible for people forgetting that this plant was used for multiple purposes for centuries. Here are some uses of this wonder crop. Here comes the hemp “tuturuuuu”…
Hemp seeds are the next superfood
If you want a healthy body, you should definitely try hemp seeds. They contain almost every nutrient you need for a perfect diet. It has a perfect balance between omega 3, omega 6, plus iron, vitamin E, and all of the essential amino acids. It has all the nutritional component you need.
The best way to get it’s full range of nutrients is trough oil, which you can obtain by pressing the seeds. You can also grind it to make flour or protein powder. You can easily add it to you daily diet.
Hemp can be a used as biofuel
In 1941, Henry Ford presented his newly and innovative invention: a car that was built and fueled by hemp. Yes, Henry Ford and hemp. Always ahead of his time, Ford knew that hemp could be a fuel source. With hemp legalization, you can say goodbye to dark contaminating, war detonating and soil harmful oil.
Hemp blooms on poor and dying land with almost no intervention. It can produce almost four times more oil per acre than soybeans. Today, the only crop used for biodiesel is precisely soybeans. But to obtain fuel out of hemp or any other crop you need a vast production, and because of prohibition, this was not even considered. Until now…
Hemp can replace plastic and paper
Plastic is earth’s most imminent threat. According to Ocean Conservancy, 2.5 billion metric tons of solid waste are produced around the world. Of those, 275 million metric tons are plastic waste. And every year, more than 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the ocean. The solution was there all along. The only problem was that it was illegal.
Cellulose is an organic compound that is used to create plastic. And guess what? Most of the cellulose used to create plastic is obtained from petroleum. And because it comes from petroleum, plastic made out of it takes between 500 and 1,000 years to decompose?
But, it turns out that hemp is a great source of cellulose. Cellulose from hemp is biodegradable, and in only takes from three to six months to decompose. And furthermore, plastic made out of hemp has no toxins at all. Also, you can use it to make paper. It is widely used to make rolling paper, but it can easily replace daily use paper, therefore contributing to less tree felling.
Hemp can build houses, too
Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce hempcrete. Engineers around the world are starting to develop green buildings out of what has being called hempcrete, a building material combining the inside of the hemp steam, lime, sand and water. According to Green Flower, hempcrete “can be used for wall insulation, flooring, walls and roofing”. It is said that hempcrete is three times more resistant to earthquakes than regular concrete. It is environmentally friendly, fire and water resistant, durable and sustainable.
Hemp is the future
High nutrition food, biodegradable plastic, paper, building material for houses, medicine and even fuel. Hemp has it all. Although it took the US Government and politicians more than half a century to amend hemp’s prohibition, it’s better late than never. When President Trump signs the 2018 Farm Bill (he has 10 days to do it), hemp will once again be legal nationwide, as it was during colonial times. But this measure will not only affect the United States in a positive way. The European Union already allows hemp production with THC levels below 0.3%, while Latin American countries are moving towards legalization of medicinal and industrial cannabis. If this tendency continues, this could mean a worldwide hemp production. It’s not too late for hemp to come and save the world.