Celebrating Hemp History Week

This week, Jushi is celebrating. This year’s Hemp History Week marks the first one since hemp was legalized… again. In December of 2018, the United States signed the Farm Bill into law, effectively legalizing hemp for the first time in eighty years. Among other things, this bill officially recognized the extensive uses hemp can provide – opening up vast opportunities for new industries and markets for our citizens and our nation. 

In order to understand what hemp is, it is important to understand what it is not. Unlike marijuana, hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant, and it contains quite minimal amounts of the compound THC. THC is the psychoactive component that allows people to experience a ‘high’ while consuming cannabis. THC potentially has medicinal benefits, and it is being studied for its use in certain medical conditions. While hemp contains nothing more than a marginal amount of THC, it may offer other benefits of the cannabis plant.  

In hemp and marijuana alike, the compound cannabidiol can be derived. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is another component of the cannabis plant that is commonly hailed for its benefits. Much like cannabis, people use CBD for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Currently, CBD is being studied for its potential to help people with a range of conditions as well. 

Hemp History Week aims to further highlight hemp and its diverse uses. In addition to its medicinal properties, hemp was one of the first plants to be spun into fiber. Some even believe that hemp was the first crop humans ever cultivated. As such a fibrous plant, hemp’s role is promising as a textile, as clothing, rope, and even housing. However, hemp’s versatility as a crop lets it serve in even more roles. It can additionally be used as food, paper, biodegradable plastic, biofuels, and of course as a basis for hemp-derived CBD.

Actually, Jushi’s namesake is a homage to those who recognized cannabis’ benefits long ago. The oldest use of the cannabis plant was recorded in the Jushi Kingdom nearly 3,000 years ago. In 2008, during an excavation, scientists discovered 2,700-year-old cannabis buried with a Jushi Kingdom Shaman. As they continued in their research, they learned that the Jushi Kingdom used cannabis for both recreational and spiritual purposes and was integral to its cultural practices overall.

We at Jushi acknowledge the incredibly diverse benefits hemp has to offer, including its significant potential for helping achieve wellness. In addition to our excitement about Hemp History Week, we are also pleased to announce the opening of our new store in Amherst, New York. Customers will be able to find our in-house line of medical-brand of high grade CBD products. Our products are poised for excellence, and we are hopeful to deliver the highest quality hemp products to those striving for wellness. 

For more information on Hemp History Week, visit www.hemphistoryweek.com.

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