Prohibition of hemp in the US came to an end in 2018, and people are already looking forward to what the future holds. Of course, it’s widely expected that there will be a mad rush to introduce hemp products into the market. However, there’s so much more to look forward to, especially in light of the freedom to produce hemp, which had been curtailed in the previous years.
One thing that we can expect is that more states are going to be welcoming to growing hemp, so there’s a potential of hemp flooding the market. For the longest time ever, hemp was on the Controlled Substances Act, making it impossible for farmers to plant it or sell it as they do with other agricultural plants. Today, you can grow and sell hemp across state lines. However, the hard work is not over yet. There are still a few issues to be ironed out, including putting in place regulations to determine the appropriate standards that can moderate the hemp industry. With this in mind, it will still be a while before hemp can be exported out of the US.
A cannabis plant that should be passed off as hemp must have no more than 0.3% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the active ingredient also referred to as THC. However, it’s also important to mention that this depends a lot on the size of the cannabis plant in question. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that causes the potent high.
Even though the Farm Bill has legalized the use of hemp in all 50 states, it’s important to mention that the FDA is still within its mandate to regulate all products that are derived from the production of cannabis. This is why there’s still a lot of work going on in terms of the regulatory procedure.
The FDA does recognize the important strides that have been taken in the strive to make hemp legal and acknowledges the health benefits that are associated with CBD. However, the FDA has also issued stern warnings to those who make untrue claims about the use of CBD. To be clear, the FDA insists that CBD is a drug component, and for this reason, it shouldn’t be added to health products or food. It’s still illegal to do this.
The production of hemp for fiber and other materials is not new. Hemp has been used for this for ages. The cannabis industry, however, realized that there’s more to hemp than we’re aware, and a lot of participants have since explored different health benefits of using hemp, without getting high at the same time.
A lot of people who have been producing hemp-based products are gearing up for a boom year, looking forward to an uptake in the products that they offer. At the same time, it’s wise to mention that while hemp-based products have been proven effective for healing purposes, they are not cure-all products. Users should, therefore, know that plant medicine and herbal medication in general, are not a magic quick fix.