For almost thirty years, the Hemp Industries Association has led the fight to legalize and establish industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity in the United States through advocacy, legal action, and education. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp has finally begun to take root in the U.S., but there is a great deal of work to do before hemp can begin to realize its incredible potential and become the major economic force it can be. The primary Federal impediment to American hemp production has been removed, but the need to educate regulators and lawmakers about the many diverse products derived from of this remarkable plant, to dispel myths and public misconceptions, and to build the infrastructure necessary to nurture a thriving industrial hemp economy in the United States, still remains. And HIA is continues to lead the way on those and other crucial efforts, fighting for the fair and equal treatment of this one-of-a-kind agricultural commodity.
HIA members know that hemp is one of our planet's richest natural resources, with a fast growth cycle and requiring comparatively little water, and that —all things being equal— it could easily return to its historical position as one of the top cash crops produced in America. Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious superfoods known to man; its fibers can produce textiles for everything from lightweight, durable fabrics to building materials with remarkable properties; it's been shown to be excellent at capturing carbon pollution (phytoremediation); hemp seed oil is coveted for use in personal care products because of its perfect balance of Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A & D; scientists are just beginning to explore all of the exciting potential for CBD to treat a number of ailments ranging from seizures to PTSD (with no intoxicating effect); and the list of applications goes on.
Industrial hemp as a fully-valued agricultural commodity has so much to offer, and that is why the HIA remains dedicated to our mission to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet.