Hemp History
 

Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC. A majority of North Americans view Hemp as part of a subculture that is in high demand, and is already embedded into the population. With the legalization of Hemp, the demand will only grow at an extreme pace.

CBD: The Difference between Hemp and Marijuana 
 

Although cannabis as a drug and industrial Hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique phytochemical compositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. 

The Farm Bill Act

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2018 Farm Bill Act (pdf)

2018 FBA Individual Amendments

State by State Hemp & CBD Status

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Vote Hemp - State by State Hemp Status

State by State CBD status

 

Cannabis Cultivation
 

There are about 10,000 active licenses for cannabis businesses in the U.S., according to Statista5. This includes cultivation, extraction and manufacturing, retail, distribution and testing licenses.

The industry employed 121,000 people in 2017 and 259,000 people in 2018. If the cannabis market continues its growth trend, the number of workers in that industry could reach about 500,000 by 2022, according to New Frontier Data.

 

Phases of Production / Stages Growing Process
 

Total elapsed time: approximately 15 weeks

The Many Uses of Hemp

Hemp can be used in an estimated 50,000 different products across a wide spectrum of industries: from textiles to food products, building materials to animal bedding.  Hemp can yield 3-8 dry tons, four-times more than an average forest harvest can yield. Hemp requires no chemicals, pesticides or herbicides making it a safe, sustainable and versatile product over traditional materials.

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Hemp Seeds


Nut

  • Flour
  • Beer
  • Animal Feed

Seed Cake

  • Milk/Dairy
  • Bakery
  • Granola
  • Protein Powder

Oil

  • Cooking/Seasoning Oil
  • Dietary Supplement
  • Body Care Products
  • Fuel
  • Paint
  • Varnish

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Hemp Flowers / Leaves


  • Animal Bedding
  • Mulch/Compost
  • Medicine
  • Recreational

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Hemp Stalks / Stems


Fiber

  • Paper
  • Organic Compost
  • Animal Bedding
  • Fiber Board

Hurds

  • Textiles
  • Insulation
  • Hempcrete
  • Rope

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Hemp Roots


  • Medicine
  • Organic Compost