The Farm Bill of 2018 marks a significant turning point for the United States in a number of ways. The bill, which legalized growing of industrial hemp at the federal level, has opened up the possibilities for hemp farming, along with cannabis research and studies, like never before. Here are just two of the benefits that come from this critical piece of legislation.
- Agricultural revitalization and research: The Farm Bill of 2018 paves the way for states to not only grow hemp as an agricultural commodity but also to begin further research on how CBD affects the mind and body. With these changes, industrial hemp farming and agriculture will now benefit communities like never before. Industrial hemp can be used for food, fuel, and textiles. But what else? The farm bill opens the door to finding out.
- Changing perceptions: The status of hemp farming has been in limbo for decades, due in no small part to the stigma associated with the cannabis plant. Because marijuana and hemp both belong to the Cannabis Sativa plant family, they have often been treated the same in legislation. Production of the hemp plant was restrained because it was associated with its THC-filled sister cannabis plant most known for its psychotropic properties. The industrial hemp plant, however, has no more than 0.3% THC in its genetic makeup, compared to the 15% to 40% found in marijuana. Recognition of this fact played a significant role in changing legal perceptions that allowed for the passage of the Farm Bill.
More research and changing perceptions both bode well for the industry and the nation.
Of course, as the opportunities to grow industrial hemp increase, the importance of researching and understanding the varying quality of products becomes essential. Do your research. At HempWave, we offer only the highest quality clones. Get in touch with us to learn more.