Objective: Understand the basics of the hemp industry and its significance.
Hemp is a type of cannabis plant that is grown for industrial use. It has been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes, including food, fiber, and medicine. Hemp plants contain very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound that is found in marijuana. In the United States, hemp was banned in the 1930s due to its association with marijuana, but it was legalized again in 2018 with the passage of the Farm Bill.
History of Hemp:
Hemp has a long and rich history, dating back to ancient times. Hemp was used by civilizations all over the world for various purposes, such as clothing, paper, rope, and medicine. It was also used as a food source, with hemp seeds being a popular ingredient in many recipes.
Uses and Benefits of Hemp:
Today, hemp is used in a wide variety of products, including textiles, paper, building materials, cosmetics, and food products. Hemp oil and hemp seed products have become popular as health supplements due to their high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In addition, hemp plants have a low environmental impact and can be grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Difference between Hemp and Cannabis:
While hemp and cannabis are both types of cannabis plants, they are different in a few key ways. One of the biggest differences is the level of THC in the plant. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, while cannabis contains much higher levels of THC, which is responsible for the "high" that is associated with marijuana use. Hemp is also grown differently than cannabis, with a focus on producing high-quality fibers and seeds rather than high levels of THC.
In conclusion, the hemp industry is a rapidly growing and expanding field with many uses and benefits. With the legalization of hemp in the United States, more and more people are discovering the value of this versatile plant. In the next lesson, we'll take a closer look at the regulations and licensing requirements for those interested in producing or manufacturing hemp products in Connecticut.