Agricultural Hemp

Agricultural hemp, often simply referred to as hemp, is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial uses. Unlike its cousin marijuana, hemp contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound that produces the “high” commonly associated with marijuana. In many countries, including the United States, hemp is legally defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC by dry weight.

Hemp has a long history of use for various industrial purposes, including fiber for textiles and rope, seeds for food and oil, and its stalks and leaves for a wide range of industrial applications such as building materials, biofuels, and bioplastics. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in hemp cultivation due to its versatility, sustainability, and potential economic benefits. Additionally, hemp-derived compounds like cannabidiol (CBD) have gained popularity for their purported health and wellness benefits, leading to an expansion of hemp cultivation for CBD extraction.

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