Myths & Misconceptions
This does not appear to have occurred in any of the countries growing Industrial Hemp such as England, Ireland, Wales, Australia, South Africa, and Canada. However “ditchweed”, the remnants of the Kentucky (USA) industrial hemp industry does grow wild in some US states. It is considered a problem due to the false perception that it is marijuana, not because it poses any environmental problem.
Reality: The market for hemp products is growing rapidly. But even if it were not, when has a crop ever been outlawed simply because government agencies thought it would be unprofitable to grow?
Hemp oil is an increasingly popular product, used for an expanding variety of purposes. Hemp seeds contains no THC at all. The tiny amounts of THC contained in industrial hemp are in the glands of the plant itself. Sometimes, in the manufacturing process, some THC- and CBD-containing resin sticks to the seed, resulting in traces of THC in the oil that is produced. The concentration of these cannabinoids in the oil is infinitesimal. No one can get high, nor fail a drug test from using hemp oil. Many hemp seed food manufactures have signed up to the test pledge http://www.testpledge.com/
TestPledge requires that pledging companies are committed to achieving the following THC limits:
•Hemp oil: 5.0 parts per million (ppm)
•Hemp nut: 1.5 parts per million (ppm)
Whilst its true both industrial hemp and marijuana are cannabis sativa l ie hemp is cannabis, marijuana is cannabis this is where the similarity ends in the contention of the NZHIAI and many in the academic world.
There are some 600 germ plasms (cultivars) of industrial hemp, from one of these cultivars over many generations of selective breeding by humankind, marijuana is obtained. (1 in 600)
There are many examples of such issues whereby hysteria and misinformation has not been utilized in order to ban an entire species, industrial hemp should NZHIAI suggests be no different.
For instance there are hundreds of species of beans, the base genre.
Broad beans, butter beans, soy beans, runner beans, baked beans, human beans (sic) and of course hallucinogenic beans (Coca et al.)
Of course the genre “Beans” itself is not illegal in any country, the only beans deemed illegal are those that have psychoactive properties and or hallucinogenic properties. Further there are a huge quantity of hallucinogenic plants within NZ (Broom, Borage, Datura, St Johns Wort et al) none of which are illegal in the ordinary course of events. (As they stand in the paddock) Ken Shirley (ACT) pointed this anomaly out to NZHIAI in 1997. NZHIAI have a strong policy regarding the debate with regard to marijuana, only now are people seeing the lack of logic in banning a plant rather than the actual substance perceived as a problem.
This misconception has not been assisted by pro mj legalizers insisting they are one and the same. NZHIAI and many other legitimate industrial hemp proponents disagree with their stance as is pertains to industrial hemp.
It is the current refusal of the drug enforcement agencies to distinguish between an agricultural crop and a drug crop that is sending the wrong message to children.
The THC levels in industrial hemp are so low that no one could get high from smoking it.
Moreover, hemp contains a relatively high percentage of another cannabinoid, CBD, that actually blocks the marijuana high. Hemp, it turns out, is not only not marijuana; it could be called “antimarijuana.” (Dr Dave West)