History of Hemp Prohibition in the U.S.
The dawn of the 20th century smiled on a booming hemp industry. Major publications were beginning to talk about hemp history facts as being the next “billion-dollar-crop” in the mid-1930s.
And then in 1937, just like that, the growing and selling of hemp uses were banned in the United States altogether. A year or so later, Canada followed suit.
So why were hemp's glory days cut short suddenly?
Business tycoons of the cotton, paper, lumber, and other industries began to realize that hemp was a huge threat to their businesses and they began to look for ways to overshadow hemp. And due to their lobbying efforts, unfair tax laws were put into place to make it extremely difficult for hemp farmers to grow and sell their hemp.
The different streams of media started to demonize cannabis in general, especially since marijuana had started to come over the border from Mexico, and cannabis of all kinds was fear-labelled with the assumption that any strain of cannabis would all get a person "high".
Cannabis was now being associated with a host of things that were against the social norms of the day, and all of its usefulness and benefit had been forgotten in the frenzy of fear-mongering.
CBD and the 2018 Farm Bill
For thousands of years, hemp has been used in dozens of useful ways, from making clothing and textile fabrics to paper to medicines. There are thousands of different documented uses for hemp that people have left over the course of history, and it's hard to deny that hemp is probably the most significant botanical that has lent itself to the benefit of civilization.
But for some reason, all of that stopped and hemp became illegal in the United States about 100 years ago. Why? With so many amazing benefits, why did hemp become demonized for nearly a century, and what was it that started to bring everything back around again?
2018 Farm Bill
Thankfully, this stigma’s full effect only lasted for a few decades.
In December 2018, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, an agriculture bill that is revised and changed every 5 years, and President Trump signed the Farm Bill with an addendum legalizing the growth and production of hemp in the United States again on a federal level.
While it may seem like a small thing, it really isn't. It's a very significant change not only for the natural health world but also for hemp farmers and those who work to bring quality hemp products to the market for consumers to benefit from. And here's why...
Hemp has a huge role in the natural health world and has many amazing and natural health benefits. Hemp-derived CBD oil has taken the natural health world by storm for its incredible health benefits and complete lack of the psychoactive "high" that actually comes from THC, the cannabinoid compound primarily found in marijuana.
The new Farm Bill has made it much easier for hemp farmers across the country to grow their hemp and put it on the market, as well as allowing much easier passage for research into the health benefits that hemp and CBD have to offer.
This will also benefit the consumer in opening up the market to find and use high-quality CBD oil at affordable prices.
The 2018 Farm Bill was an amazing boon to the hemp industry that was much needed, and it's going to be a huge benefit to this country!
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