January 13, 2015

Hemp's Legality Has Stunted Research, But That's Starting To Change

Humans have been growing hemp for centuries. Hemp-based foods have taken off recently. So have lotions and soaps that use hemp oil. There’s evidence that different compounds in cannabis could be used as medicine and hope that its chemical compounds could hold keys to treatments for Parkinson’s disease and childhood epilepsy.

Scientists studying industrial hemp say the plant holds a tremendous amount of promise. But to unlock its potential there’s very basic scientific research to be done.

“It’s hard to believe all the different uses. It does really get ridiculous all the things that people use it for,” said Nolan Kane, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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