What is Hemp?

The cannabis Sativa plant is quite complex, as there are different forms of the plant that are cultivated for different reasons. As a result, there are a number of different products that come from the plant. Some contain a high level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana that causes a high. However, hemp products do not contain enough THC to result in a high. This is because legally, hemp must not contain more than 0.3% THC. Therefore, hemp products do not contain a significant amount of THC and will not result in a high or psychoactive effect.

What is Hemp?

One of the most common misconceptions about hemp is that people believe that it is the same as marijuana. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Although hemp and marijuana are both derived from the cannabis sativa plant, they come from different forms of the plants that are cultivated for completely different purposes. In addition, hemp and marijuana differ in many other ways, including their legality, history, and more.

Traditionally, hemp is known for being a multifaceted plant that people used to make clothing, textiles, shoes, ropes, and so much more for years. It has been around for thousands of years and was cultivated for these purposes, making it extremely useful for humankind for so long. Today, hemp is still used for even more products and even consumption, providing great benefits from the highly sustainable plant.

Before we get into what hemp is used for today, let’s reiterate that hemp products will not get you high. Legally, hemp must not contain more than 0.3% THC. Because it contains a very little amount of THC, it will not result in any type of psychoactive effect, whether you consume it or use it topically.

What is THC?

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, short for THC, is the psychoactive compound that is found in the cannabis plant. THC is considered a cannabinoid, which causes an interaction with receptors within the body and forms a portion of the endocannabinoid system, otherwise known as ECS. The ECS causes certain functions within the human body. However, when using or consuming hemp products, the body will not feel any effect towards the ECS and as a result, will not achieve any feeling of being high.

It is possible for hemp oil and other hemp products to contain trace amounts of THC; however, you can rest assured knowing that it will not cause any psychoactive effects within the body because hemp does not contain a significant amount of THC.

So, What is Hemp Used For?

So if hemp doesn’t get you high, you may be wondering what it is used for. Now, hemp is used for a myriad of purposes, such as for health and diet, ailments, bioplastic, hempcrete, and more. Here are some examples of how it is used today:

  • Hemp seeds: Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, can be consumed in many different ways. Hemp seeds are considered a superfood, as they are rich in proteins, fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more. You can add them to a variety of foods, including yogurt, smoothies, salads, protein bars, etc. Hemp seeds contain a healthy ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which makes them ideal for health.
  • Hemp seed oil: Hemp seed oil is another great way to incorporate hemp into your diet or it can be applied topically. The oil from hemp seeds is extracted by cold-pressing the seeds. Studies show that hemp seed oil may reduce chronic pain, such as headaches, and reduce inflammation when applied topically to the affected area. You can also add hemp seed oil to food or even use it as an olive oil alternative.
  • Hemp milk: Hemp milk is plant-based milk that is high in protein and looks, tastes, and has a similar texture to regular milk.
  • Hempcrete: Hempcrete, also known as limecrete, is a biocomposite material that can be used as an eco-friendly alternative for a wide range of building materials, such as bricks, panels, and more. 

As previously mentioned, hemp is a multifaceted plant that is cultivated for a number of different uses. However, unlike marijuana, hemp will not get you high, even when consuming it through food, drinks, or using it topically.

Many people use hemp products for a variety of reasons, including skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, as well as dry scalp, or for hair growth. Studies have shown that some people may benefit from using hemp oils topically for certain ailments.

How is Hemp Grown?

Hemp grows similarly to a weed, given that it requires little irrigation and overall maintenance to grow. In addition, it can grow in a variety of different environments. Hemp grows rapidly and in abundance. Therefore, it does not need to be grown in an indoor facility or controlled environment, as opposed to its relative, marijuana. 

Marijuana, on the other hand, requires significantly more maintenance to grow. This means that it is usually grown in an indoor, temperature controlled environment. In addition, marijuana plants must be grown apart from other single plants. 

Because hemp requires little irrigation, no pesticides, and overall, very little maintenance, it makes it highly sustainable to grow and use. As there are more developments in the hemp industry, it is highly anticipated that more and more products will begin to derive from hemp, providing a great deal of benefits to consumers and the environment as a whole.

About Dripp Extracts

Dripp Extracts is a credible resource for hemp and cannabis education, providing valuable insight about the plants, its uses, and related news. Our team is committed to ensuring that you stay up-to-date with the latest news, information, and developments surrounding hemp and cannabis, keeping you informed and connected at all times. We strive to continue being a reputable resource in the hemp and cannabis industry, utilizing years of experience, skills, and research to help you stay informed and connected. Learn more about hemp with Dripp Extracts at https://drippextracts.com/learn.

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