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Hemp ~ “Weeding” Out The Myths

Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer
Waking Times

The topic of hemp is often a confusing one, and I am frequently asked questions regarding industrial hemp, so here are a few ‘myth-breakers’ I’ve compiled that answer some of those queries.

1. Industrial hemp is marijuana.~ False. Industrial hemp is not marijuana, it is a different plant. Both marijuana and hemp are of the cannabis family, but they are not the same. Hemp is very low in THC, marijuana has higher concentrations of THC.

2. Industrial hemp can make you high. ~ False. Because hemp is low in THC, if you smoked it, even huge amounts, all you would get is a pretty big headache.

3. Industrial hemp fields can hide marijuana plants. ~ False. Industrial hemp plants are grown tightly together, allowing for height (up to 20 feet) while at the same time making it nearly impossible for weeds to grow. Marijuana is shorter, and is grown further spaced out. Also, growing the 2 plants together would cause cross-pollination, which would compromise the potency of the marijuana plant. One common argument is that DEA officials would not be able to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana, and that marijuana would be easily hidden in hemp fields. This is simply not true.

4. Hemp Oil is the source of THC. ~ This can be confusing. Hemp SEED oil does not have THC, and is one of the MOST nutritious food oils available. Hemp seed oil has a green tint to it. Hemp oil is from the marijuana plant, and while it also has excellent healing properties, it is not the same as hemp seed oil, and has a very dark tint, almost black in color.

5. Industrial hemp is illegal to grow in the United States. ~ False. Technically, it is not illegal to grow. It IS, however, illegal to grow without the proper permits from the DEA, which are very difficult to get.

6. Legalizing hemp would be a backdoor to marijuana legalization and would also send the ‘wrong message’ to kids. ~ False. Legalizing an industrial crop for food, fiber, and fuel – that is proven to be healthy and environmentally safe and economically viable – would not be considered a backdoor to marijuana legalization and would NOT send the ‘wrong message’ to kids. (This author realizes the health benefits of marijuana and its curative properties, but will leave that discussion out of this post, as it pertains mainly to industrial hemp.)

7. Eating hemp seeds or hemp seed oil will cause me to fail a drug test. ~ False. Hemp seeds imported into the United States must pass inspection for low THC (1% or less). The seeds that are imported are ‘washed’, so THC levels from ingestion causing a positive drug test are impossible.

Industrial hemp is not the ‘evil’ drug that it has been made out to be from propaganda stemming from the early 1930s. It is my purpose and passion to spread the word about industrial hemp, and educate others about the TRUTH of this miraculous plant.

About the Author

Becca Wolford is a writer, entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner, and hemp activist. She has experienced first-hand the nutritional and healing benefits of hemp and her passion is learning, writing, and educating others about the benefits of hemp – benefits that encompass nutritional health for humans, a healthy environment, and a healthier economy. Becca also distributes Versativa, an amazing raw, clean, hemp-based nutritional supplement and Restoration90, a raw, clean, nutritional product with marine phytoplankton, hemp, and essential nutrients for optimum health. Please support her at her excellent blog

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  • Winston Ridge

    Yeah, the courts can’t decide the difference. To allow a plant to be grown on a farm would be also to allow it to be grown in a garden. You can’t sell pot for $1,000 of dollars if one can grow it himself. So that would kill off the most lucative illegal drug market ever!

    That would also end any street takeover of Mexico by the CIA cartels. These government-sanctioned drug dealer and deliverers would go out of business if they lost the pot trade. It’s the illegal pot trade that allows them to introduce all children to harder drugs without much reservation.

    For every gift from God, Lucifer is always trying to take the credit for his self. These grow clubs will soon be taxed heavily. It could be legalized now, if you’re willing to keep paying $100 for what costs a penny to produce and deliver. Drug dealers have no conscience. It’s all about the money!

  • Frank

    You have made some good points that are worth making, Becca, thanks.
    I want to expand on your first point “hemp is not marijuana” – firstly, the term “marijuana” is a slang term ported from Mexican in the Harry J Anslinger years of early prohibition. It was used in a negative context to invoke the racist fears of white people and mobilize public opinion against cannabis. As such “marijuana” has undesireable baggage associated with it and “cannabis” is a more neutral, representative term to use.

    Secondly, hemp IS marijuana – the psychoactive varieties of cannabis and the industrial hemp varieties are only different in variation, not species. They are all Cannabis Sativa L ( with some indica and/or ruderalis in the mix) and only differ from each other in the same way that, say, chillis and bell peppers differ – or white and black people (they are both Homo Sapiens). I agree that it is important to underline the differences between the medicinal and industrial varieties (ie. THC content), but the stark differences you allude to are simply untrue. The fact remains that this wonder plant that gives us medicine, wellbeing and sustenance has many different guises (much like the many colours of cultivated roses), but it is ALL cannabis – a fact that has been over-egged by the system that seeks to suppress it.

  • outlaw stupidity…

    the sooner the better…

  • Winston Ridge

    The plant produces and secretes THC to cover it’s topsides from the hot burning sun. Hence, widely-spaced mountain top cannabis is the best in the world – all other is ditch weed. Commercial pot has been driven off the mountain tops into the pine forests, tucked-away ditches, and peatbog swamps – ugh! Farmed pot is low flatland where it’s too closely spaced to expose it’s leaves much. The intensity of the sun is far higher in an equatorian climate with a vertical sun exposure and the thin atmosphere of the high altitude. Just as mountain-grown coffee wins out over lowland grown.

    I grew pot outdoors in Michigan where it never even flowered until the sun had angled over and was losing it’s length and intensity – pathetic green hay that would only make you dizzy for a bit whle drying out your throat. I brought each plant nside into a high-intensity light environment with bulbs burning each branch and in a week it was covered in white powder with a sticky ooze on every hair on every leaf and bud and it came into it’s full potential.

    Trust me that if you take the whitest Scandinavian and give him a Florida city worker job mowing lawns 12 hours a day, he’ll darken up!

    Just like raisens, if you want good pot, it needs to be kissed by the sun!

    BTW. Drug tests test for cannabis metabolites that remain in the body the longest. That would be the metabolites that are more nutritive in value – no relation to psycho-activity. You don’t begin to test positive until four hours after smoking – long after any intoxicative effects have disappeared and you are positive for the next 60 days because your body has no reason to eliminate the metabolites we synergize with or feed off.

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