Industrial Hemp and Marijuana are two different strains of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Industrial Hemp seeds have low, government-regulated levels of delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive agent found in Cannabis plants.
After a 60-year ban, commercial cultivation of Industrial Hemp became legal in Canada in 1998. Since then, the Industrial Hemp industry in Canada has grown steadily. More and more farmers are cultivating and processing the plant, business people are investing, and politicians are supporting research to further the industry.
Industrial Hemp is an extremely renewable resource with unlimited potential. It can be grown for food or non-food purposes with little to no reliance on toxic chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
Every part of the plant can be put to good use: stalks, seeds, flowers, and oils all have applications. Hemp fibre is commonly used for clothing, rope, insulation and paper products. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, or made into hemp milk. Hemp seed oil is found in cosmetics, lighting, paints, varnishes, medicinal preparations, and biofuel.
For more information on Industrial Hemp, please visit the following links:
- Health Canada Industrial Hemp FAQ
- Government of Manitoba Industrial Hemp Background
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Industrial Hemp
- Heath Canada Industrial Hemp Application
- PCDF Web: www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/diversification/pcdf
- Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA)