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Hemp, Inc. Explains Industrial Hemp vs Marijuana Differences

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NAIHC.org, July 18, 2013 – To correct widespread misinformation about industrial hemp, an industry leader responded this week with a list of differences between federally banned marijuana and and its versatile cousin industrial hemp. Hemp, Inc., headquartered in Las Vegas and publicly traded as HEMP, explains that industrial hemp products ranging from health foods and textiles to building materials and sneakers “are completely legal for consumers to purchase in the United States.”

In contrast, “Marijuana, while medically legal in many states and recreationally legal in Colorado and Washington, is deemed illegal on the federal level, and consumers in states that do not recognize medical marijuana may face prosecution for purchasing or possessing marijuana.”

Hemp, Inc. adds that “hemp products such as hemp milk, hemp cereal, and hemp oil that American consumers nationwide are increasingly purchasing every day, are obviously, legal.”

Hemp, Inc. notes that it focuses strictly on industrial hemp products and is “allowed to market in all fifty states and worldwide without any ambivalence between state and federal laws.”

The major market for industrial hemp is as a food or supplement as it is rich in protein and Omega fatty acids, and has a high fiber content. Costco carries hemp seeds, and Natural Grocers and Whole Foods Market stock many brands of industrial hemp food products and supplements. The clothing industry has targeted industrial hemp as a promising niche market fabric. High fashion designers Ralph Lauren and Versace make apparel from industrial hemp blended fabric. Footwear giants Vans and Adidas make hemp sneakers. Trendy companies market hemp T-shirts, hats, jewelry, backpacks, even pet beds and leashes. Auto manufacturers use durable, green hemp composites and fabrics when feasible. Industrial hemp can also be used for building materials, plant based plastics, and paper products.

Hemp, Inc. points out that industrial hemp is cultivated very differently compared to marijuana. Marijuana is used solely for its medical and psychoactive aspects, and growers strive for a high content of psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), although recent developments in Israel indicate that medical researchers are more interested in the medicinal value of its non-psychoactive CBD content. Industrial hemp, on the other hand, has a low THC content, eliminating any psychoactive effect.

The main difference in cultivation between marijuana and industrial hemp is that in cultivating marijuana, the plants are spaced far apart and the male plants are destroyed to assure that they cannot seed the female plants which would result in undesirable, less potent and less marketable, seeded marijuana buds. Hemp, on the other hand, is planted close together as hermaphrodites to maximize production of seed, the main component of hemp foods and supplements. The hemp stalks are processed and used for fiber, composite, and other hemp-based end products such as car interior panels.

Industrial hemp has long been known for its versatility, durability, sustainability, and high-quality. Industrial hemp grows quickly, in just about any climate and doesn't require pesticides, while simultaneously removing toxins found in soil. Industrial hemp has been used for over 12,000 years and was once the primary fiber used to produce rope, paper, canvas, and clothing in the United States and Europe.

Hemp was banned in the United States based on its biological connection to marijuana. While it is currently illegal under federal law to grow industrial hemp plants in the U.S, countries including China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and England allow cultivation and these and other countries supply the industrial hemp which is imported into the United States.

For more information, visit the Hemp, Inc. web site.

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