The Value Of Hemp

Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer

Hemp flour that can be used to make 'hemplings'.


Hemp is a commonly used term for high-growing varieties of the cannabis plant and its products, which include fibre, oil, and seed. Hemp and marijuana are both varieties or subspecies of theCannabis sativa plant. Marijuana is simply considered to have a higher tetrahydrocannabinol or THC and cannibinoid content. Cannabinoids are a class of chemicals that activate cell membrane receptors, that is the psychoactive element present in the cannabis plant. The most known of these cannabinoids is THC.

All plants in the cannabis genus can produce the oil, but usually only industrial hemp is used to make hemp oil. Industrial hemp is a hemp variant, which has been cultivated specifically for industrial production, and it has a minimum of the psychoactive substances associated with THC. Hemp oil is typically almost free of THC, and it has no psychoactive properties.


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  • Oliver Steinberg

    “hemp and marijuana are both varieties or subspecies of the cannabis sativa plant”—-and so the confusion and incoherence is perpetuated. The evil that Anslinger and Hearst did lives on.
    ……read the book , you ignorant GLEANER reporter. “Marijuana” is just a conjure word to demonize hemp. The stuff you smoke is hemp, just as the stuff that’s grown for fiber and oil and hurds is hemp. “Marijuana” is a nickname for hemp—and “hemp” is precisely the English language word meaning “cannabis”—it is actually a cognate, meaning that it is the same word which has undergone some linguistic alteration through the passage of time: “k” altered to “h”, “a” shifted to “e”, “nn” to “m”, “b” to “p”—and the ending elided as English dropped its case suffixes. The vowel shift left German “hanf” versus English “hemp,” and the other changes involve voiced consonants switching with unvoiced equivalents—the kind of “wobbling” which happens readily when dialects diverge.
    “Marijuana” only is and ever has been HEMP. That’s why the subtitle of Jack’s book is “Hemp and the marijuana conspiracy.”

    • John Sergovich

      What the author refers to as industrial hemp is any cannabis that has been legally produced by a federally licenced producer. The countries that allow production all have there own strict rules but a common theme is to require that the crop have unusually low levels of THC.

      Ironically, the things that allow us call it “industrial” are the very things that make it mostly uneconomical and impractical to grow. It’s been proven that some varieties of cannabis have grown as high as thirty feet. This was done in Canada and that variety would likely do even better in California. You can’t legally grow varieties like that because they fall short of some of the many legal restrictions that breeders and farmers must face.

      If a farmer falls short of these restrictions, the crop, legally, becomes a field of marijuana and the farmer becomes a felon.

      • Oliver Steinberg

        Theater of the absurd!