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What Is Hemp Used For

The hemp plant, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa L, has a very long and rich relationship with mankind. This cannabis/human relationship has been in existence for at least 3,000 years. 

During this time, hemp held the title of being the earth’s most abundant crop. Before we begin discussing hemp, it is important to point out that the name hemp refers to any plants within the cannabis species. 

However, in today’s culture, the term hemp typically refers to industrial hemp. This is a specific variety of cannabis that has been bred to contain such a low THC content that it is considered non-psychotropic.

In many instances, industrial hemp is also grown as a valuable source for phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are a classification for a specific set of compounds found in plants. 

Nearly all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids that have been discovered occur within the cannabis plant, but there are exceptions. One such exception is BCP which is found in black pepper. 

THC and CBD are perhaps the most widely known cannabinoids, but to date over 100 of them have been discovered. Each of them has their own unique molecular shape and along with it a unique set of properties. 

As both medicinal and non-medical vendors around the country are providing cannabinoid products for their customers, this new modern application of industrial hemp is becoming a thriving business.