Definition - What does Industrial Hemp mean?
Industrial hemp is the term given to the stalk, seeds, oil, and leaves of the cannabis sativa plant. These materials are used to create industrial products like building materials, textiles, paper products, personal care items, health supplements, and much more.
The terms industrial hemp and simply 'hemp' are used interchangeably. Industrial hemp is a more specific term that refers to the plants that are grown specifically for industrial use, rather than for making CBD extracts.
Industrial hemp differs from marijuana in its levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component of cannabis responsible for causing the user to feel high or stoned.
Hydrolife explains Industrial Hemp
Hemp’s THC levels are between less than 0.3 per cent up to 1.5 per cent, compared to consumable marijuana’s THC levels averaging between five to 10 per cent or higher. In contrast, hemp has a much higher CBD count, which is what contributes to its role in medicinals like topicals.
Industrial hemp has been grown by man for thousands of years. It is considered to be among the most durable, longest-lasting, and strongest of the natural fibers. The plants also grow fast.
Industrial hemp's use fell out of favor in the Western world in the early to mid-20th century, largely for political reasons. Industrial hemp's prohibition was due to a lack of distinction between marijuana and hemp by authorities.
Today, industrial hemp has seen a resurgence in popularity and acceptance in the Western world. (Most of the rest of the world never stopped growing and using it.) Industrial hemp's reintroduction into the textile, building materials, and personal care industries is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.