Hemp Edible Products
Hemp edible products are becoming more and more popular worldwide as cannabinoids become more acceptable within the general population. It looks like America is waking up to the idea that hemp is not a bad thing after all. It seems like everywhere you look, there are stands that advertise CBD-infused products and additives. There are also people in lines to buy it all up. It makes one wonder why it took so long to allow the sales of it anyway. The forecast for revenue that hemp products will bring in alone by 2022 is upwards of 20 billion dollars. That’s a lot of money. Although this is merely a forecast, the way things are looking, it could be even higher.
What Exactly is Hemp?
It is not uncommon to mistake hemp with marijuana. Both of these plants are in the same family; Cannabis Sativa. Yet, industrial hemp has a much lower tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and does not cause the psychoactive effects like pot does. In other words, hemp does not get you stoned. Although the hemp plant does possess a tiny amount of THC, the odds of this small of a dose causing inebriation are almost zero. You would have to smoke a ton of it or ingest a couple of hundred gallons of hemp oil for any kind of high to happen. So why is it so popular?
The Popularity of Hemp
It is an ever-growing belief that CBD and other cannabinoids that are present in the hemp plant play a role in creating wellness benefits. These benefits can help with relieving stress and discomfort. Although there are various studies in progress that should determine the overall safety and effectiveness of hemp products, there is nothing strong enough to sway the FDA into approving the use of it. Hemp enthusiasts believe otherwise. The people that believe that hemp is a good thing and has a plethora of health benefits are buying the products off of the shelves. In some places, they are buying it faster than the distributors can replenish it.
If you were around in the 1960s and 1970s, you more than likely have heard of hash brownies. You may have even partaken in some. Not only did they taste good, but they also came with a pretty intense high. Here’s how they worked: In the fresh cannabis plant THC is actually THCA, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. When heat is added, whether it comes from smoking it or baking it to a certain temperature, a process known as decarboxylation happens and transforms the THCA into THC. It is the same story for CBD. Once the heat activates the compound, it turns from CBDA into CBD, then its effects can be enjoyed. Unlike hash edibles, hemp edibles are made of hemp oil that is baked into goods such as cookies and cakes. As we mentioned above, hemp carries a whole lot less THC concentrate than pot. This means that the edibles will not get you high.
Although humans have been growing and using hemp for a very long time, back in the 1970s, the government criminalized it in an attempt to win the war on drugs. So the story goes. For over 40 years, it was against the law to grow any kind of cannabis plant. In 2014 a new bill deemed the 2014 Farm Bill was born. This new law allowed hemp farmers to grow hemp under strict rules and regulations. One of the regulations is that the hemp could not contain any more than 0.03% delta-9 THC.
Although the federal government makes the laws, each state makes its own choices regarding laws around cannabis. Some states do not have a problem with cannabis products and have even legalized marijuana. Some states, like New York, allow the growth and distribution of hemp plants and products, yet do not allow hemp-derived substances to be mixed with food or beverages. Many states have to perform a balancing act in order to adhere to the laws and provide a quality product for the customers. Although the states are currently following the 2014 Farm Bill, the USDA is in the process of implementing the 2018 Farm Bill, which has some modified regulations that are so strict it will threaten many hemp farming companies.
Hemp and the Economy
Back in 2014, when the farm bill passed, the money began to flow. With this new law in effect, farmers were able to legally grow and farm hemp for industrial purposes. Since then, the demand for hemp products has skyrocketed. It didn’t take long for an experiment to turn into a multi-million dollar industry. This industry does not look like it is ever going to slow down. People all over the world are jumping on the hemp bandwagon and buying products like crazy. As the news spreads regarding the possible benefits of hemp in humans and pets, the money pours in more and more each day. In fact, some of this money is available for you to make if you would like to partner with Azuca and get your foot in the door. In any event, many companies that have been struggling financially during the pandemic have added CBD products to their inventories with excellent results. Although hemp was much misunderstood for many years, consumers are starting to see it in a different light. It seems like hemp has two colors now: plant green and money green.