Frequently Asked Questions
- Is industrial hemp the same as marijuana? No. Even though they are both Cannabis sativa L., Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC,
oilseed and fiber varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug.
- Where in the world is industrial hemp grown? Hemp is grown in a wide array of countries including Australia, Chile, Canada, France, Spain, and many more.
- Is hemp legal to grow in the United States? Under limited circumstances more than 30 states currently have laws to provide for hemp pilot studies and/or for production as permitted by Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill.
- How can hemp be used as food? Hemp seed protein closely resembles protein as it is found in the human blood. It is fantastically easy to digest, and many patients who have trouble digesting food are given hemp seed by their doctors. Hemp seed was once called 'edestine’ and was used by scientists as the model for vegetable protein. Hemp seed oil provides the human body with essential fatty acids. Hemp seed is the only seed which contains these oils with almost no saturated fat. As a supplement to the diet, these oils can reduce the risk of heart disease. It is because of these oils that birds will live much longer if they eat hemp seed. With hemp seed, a vegan or vegetarian can survive and eat virtually no saturated
fats. One handful of hemp seed per day will supply adequate protein and essential oils for an adult.
- What are the benefits of hemp compared to other food crops? Hemp requires little fertilizer, and grows well almost everywhere. It also resists pests, so it uses little pesticides. Hemp puts down deep roots, which is good for the soil, and when the leaves drop off the hemp plant, minerals and nitrogen are returned to the soil. Hemp has been grown on the same soil for twenty years in a row without any noticeable depletion of the soil.