The 6 biggest misconceptions about hemp

Business Insider | 5/16/2018 | Sarah Kimmorley, Business Insider Australia
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Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of cannabis sativa, one of the three main subtypes of the cannabis plant.

Hemp contains negligible amounts of THC — the intoxicating substance in marijuana — and can't get you high.

Hemp - CBD - Compound - Applications - Marijuana

Hemp has more CBD, a non-intoxicating compound with medical applications, than marijuana.

No, hemp is not marijuana.

Misconception - Food - Product - Fibre

That's the most common misconception about the food product and commonly used fibre.

So what is it?

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While hemp and its more famous cousin, marijuana, are both varieties of cannabis sativa, one of the three main subtypes of the cannabis plant, they're different in a number of ways.

Hemp contains negligible amounts of THC — the intoxicating substance in marijuana — and can't get you high.

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Marijuana can contain up to 30% THC, while hemp contains less than 0.3% (per dry weight) THC. Hemp has more CBD, a non-intoxicating compound with medical applications, than marijuana.

Hemp has been selectively bred for a range of consumer and industrial uses and has been grown in the US for centuries, but only recently been legalised in Australia for production and consumption.

Fibres - Stalk - Rope - Clothes - Textiles

The fibres from the stalk can be used to make rope, clothes, and other textiles — and can even be used as an organic construction material.

The seeds are also edible and are considered a nutritious food containing quality protein (30%), polyunsaturated fats and dietary fibre.

Hemp - Hearty - Crop - Climate - Conditions

Hemp is also a hearty, drought-resistant crop, making it ideal for hot climate conditions. It can thrive in a variety of soil and climate types, with a 90-120 day harvest cycle. This extraordinarily fast-growing rate enables the possibility of 2-3 harvests each year.

Business Insider spoke to Paul Benhaim, responsible for founding the UK Hemp Industry in 1993 and founder of Hemp Foods Australia about common misconceptions surrounding hemp foods.

Benhaim - Australia - Years - Hemp - HFA

Benhaim campaigned in Australia for 19 years to get hemp legalised, HFA reported $3.2 million in...
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