Hemp has been harvested for thousands of years. Indeed, the world at large has been enjoying the benefits of hemp for millennia. Hemp, or more specifically industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. Although they belong to the same plant family, it’s important to stress that hemp is different from cannabis, commonly known as marijuana. Cannabis has high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that is responsible for the high you get. Hemp describes the edible plant seeds and only contains a trace amount of THC, in fact below a threshold of 0.3%. Once a major crop in the United States, hemp and its cultivation was banned in the 1970s with the rise of the war on illicit substances in the 1970s. The 2018 Farm Bill, however, reclassified hemp, and it is now legal to cultivate and process industrial hemp in all 50 states. Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created the US Domestic Hemp Production Program to stimulate the developing domestic hemp market and incentivize technological growth, as noted by digital climate change platform The Years Project.

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