Why is Hemp Sometimes Referred to as “Industrial Hemp”?

Monday, Jan 22, 2018

When researching the potential benefits of CBD products, you may have come across the term “industrial hemp” being used to refer to the specific low-THC hemp cultivars used to make CBD hemp oil. While the term industrial brings up imagery of dirty factories and polluting smokestacks, the truth behind hemp cultivation is much less sinister than the term industrial suggests.

In fact, products made with “industrial hemp” are normally perfectly safe for commercial use. This is especially true when the hemp is grown without pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers like the hemp used to extract the CBD hemp oil in Kannaway’s products. So how did we come to use a term like industrial to describe an otherwise innocuous plant?

To better understand why we classify cannabis as hemp or marijuana, it helps to know some American history. In 1937, the U.S. government passed the Marihuana Tax Act, essentially prohibiting the cultivation, sale, and possession of the entire cannabis genus. The act made no distinction between hemp and marijuana, grouping all varietals under a single designation. In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act passed during the Nixon administration and placed cannabis under Schedule I, reserved for the nation’s most dangerous drugs. Again, no distinction was made between high-THC marijuana and low-THC hemp. Under current regulations, the DEA maintains that marijuana and hemp are one in the same, despite the varying characteristics of each plant.

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