Many people get excited and even worried when they see the word hemp attached to a
product. Don’t fret. Hemp seed and thus, Hemp2o produces none of the effects of marijuana. Say the word cannabis and one conjures up images of a burning joint or an ingestible source of getting high. Today, medicinal marijuana is becoming more ubiquitous as a form of aiding the sick. Neither of these has any relation whatsoever to products made from hemp seed. From a scientific viewpoint, there are more than 60 types of cannabis plants. The one with THC gets the most attention due to its recreational use. Marijuana produces 5 to 30 percent THC, the active ingredient that produces the drug’s stimulant.
Industrial hemp, on the other hand, has less than 0.1 percent THC … a negligible amount. Because they are produced for different uses, hemp and marijuana are grown differently. Medical and recreational-use marijuana thrives on female plant production that yields budding flowers. Hemp plants are primarily male – they are taller, have no buds, and are primarily outdoor plants. With marijuana becoming legal in a number of states – especially for medical use – the controversy and debate will become even more intense in the coming years. Hemp production and use should have no such deliberation. Its benefits far outweigh any minimal negative effects. The only real controversy is over when it should be approved for cultivation in the U.S. Because hemp cannot legally be grown in the United States, manufacturers spend more than $500 million on importing the plant each year for industrial use.