Hemp is no longer just thought of as the fiber used to make those hippie rope and beaded necklaces of the '90s. Today, people are recognizing that this environmentally friendly plant, which has been used for thousands of years as both a medicine and fiber, is a highly nutritious and powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and pain reliever.
What exactly is hemp? Industrial hemp, aka "hemp," is one of the varieties of the Cannabis sativa L. ("cannabis") plant species. Cannabis can describe both marijuana and hemp, so although they come from the same species, they are distinct plants. The most important difference to note between marijuana and hemp is that marijuana contains more tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC"), the compound responsible for the psychoactive properties of the plant. Hemp, on the other hand, is naturally very low in THC.
Put simply, hemp can be used to obtain the medical and nutritional benefits of the cannabis plant without the "high" associated with marijuana.
Curious to learn more about how you can add hemp to your health routine? Here are five uses for hemp you need to know: