Whole Foods says hemp is ready for the big time

Whole Foods says hemp is ready for the big time

Hemp, in case you’re not aware, is not exactly marijuana — it’s a variant of Cannabis sativa that’s very fast growing (and relatively strong), but with less THC than weed, it’s not necessarily psychoactive. Still, with the CBD compound, hemp has been shown to have some health benefits. As a variant of cannabis, hemp was until recently still a Schedule 1 banned substance, though that changed earlier this year, and with legalization happening almost everywhere, that will probably keep changing (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has a lot to answer for around Trump’s terrible presidency, has recently claimed that he’s pushing for full legalization for hemp and hemp-derived products).

So things are changing very quickly, and Amazon-owned Whole Foods says that we’re almost there. Not only does the store have lots of hemp-based products planned for sale, but the chain says that hemp will likely be a top 10 product next year. From hemp hearts in salads to hemp seeds in supplements and hemp oils for topical care, Whole Foods says that hemp is ready to go mainstream. Especially if there is legal movement for hemp, you could see it on mass market store shelves very soon.

From there, it’s still a little bit of a trip to being able to buy joints in CVS, but not necessarily a long one. Hemp isn’t psychoactive at all, so while hemp may be legal across the US by the end of the year, marijuana itself may take a little while longer. Still, with the majority of Americans in support of legalization, it may not be too long until the rest of cannabis joins its useful cousin on mainstream store shelves.

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