In the ongoing debate of Hemp vs. Marijuana, hemp gains a foothold in the state of New York, as state officials advocate for creating an industrial hemp industry.
This week, NY state officials held an information session to educate the public about industrial hemp cultivation. When exemplifying the difference between hemp and marijuana, the most important fact is that hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive component that gives the high in marijuana. It’s not even possible for hemp to be used as a recreational drug. Rather, hemp is grown for its industrial purposes.
A new state law, implemented earlier this year, grants access to hemp-growing permits. Hemp has an almost endless amount of uses, from fibre for textiles and building materials to food products such as Hemp Seed Hearts and Hemp Oil. Not to mention the economic potential for farmers, as hemp can sell for up to five times higher than other crops.
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