This week Awesome Stories brings your hemp reform.
Hemp Legal Under New Farm Bill
This might be one of the biggest reforms to farming in the last 80 years. The 2018 Congressional Farm Bill, which included a provision that legalizes hemp in the U.S., was passed and signed by President Trump just before Christmas. As long as it is industrial hemp with THC levels under 0.3%, farmers can once again legally grow hemp in the United States. Although, states have the right to regulate or ban the use of hemp.
Hemp is an amazing plant that could have an enormous impact on farming and the environment. The plant, cannabis sativa, is one of the fastest growing crops and has been spun into fiber for about 10,000 years. It has a multitude of commercial uses for paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed. Promoters have long hailed the virtues of hemp as one of the most important crops for solving the world’s problems around sustainability and health. With its fast growth, low water use, and varied uses, it might transform entire industries like paper, fuels, and construction. This Wikipedia article explores the history and many uses of hemp.
I’m fascinated by this plant and grateful that we have made it legal to grow again in the US. Some countries like France have been using hemp to make insulation and hempcrete building blocks.
More and more health benefits are being found for hemp too. It is a great source of plant protein, high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Research shows that hemp can help improve skin condition, reduce inflammation, boost heart and brain health. And there are many uses and benefits for CBD oil made from hemp plants. A growing body of research suggests that CBD oil can help boost immune function, reduce pain, inflammation, and anxiety, and help with epilepsy
May we continue to learn from nature, and thrive in harmony.