Popular Hemp Strains: An Overview, Their Global Significance, And Spotlight On Ireland

Hemp has gained so much popularity over the years but it is still been misunderstood, even though it offers great benefits across history and in different places around the world.

As societies continue to evolve, hemp has taken on a role where it has gone beyond traditional users from the Irish plains to becoming a dominant area in the bustling global market.

In this article, we’ll be kooky at the global and local (Irish) importance of different hemp strains which has led to a level of change in it is accepted in society.

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What is Hemp?

Hemp is a member of the Cannabis sativa family and has components that make it different from marijuana.

The surprising thing is the fact that marijuana and hemp share botanical roots. Hemp is usually cultivated because it has sturdy fibers and low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content.

The hemp plant was once used for ropes and adornment for ancient warriors on their attire but the societies have evolved and it is now used in the textile, construction and culinary arts.

Hemp vs. Marijuana: Legal and Biological Differences

When trying to navigate the Cannabis landscape, we have to apply clarity on THC—the psychoactive compound because it is the one thing that differentiates hemp from marijuana.

Hemp has less than 0.3% THC on a dry-weight basis, which is a fraction of what is contained in marijuana

This very small chemical difference is what differentiates the two plants, as a result, most countries have their legislature for the plants, which has an influence on commercial ventures, medicinal research, and societal norms.

Exploring Cannabis Types: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid

In the world of cannabis, we have 3 main categories: Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. Each of these components has its unique lineage, characteristics, and use-case scenarios.

Let’s look at each of them:

  • Sativa – They have a tall stature with thin leaves and are believed to have uplifting effects
  • Indica – They are shorter, busier and associated with relaxing properties
  • Hybrids – Just as the name suggests, it is a combination of sativa and Indica, which leads to a spectrum of different effects and uses.

When you are discussing hemp, these three categories help to understand growth patterns, product utilities, and market demands.

Spotlight on Ireland

The use of hemp for textiles in Ireland dates back many centuries, it was even traded as a commodity.

The modern Irish farmer sees hemp as a sustainable and profitable venture even with climate change or changes in the market.

Recent trends have shown a high increase in the cultivation of hemp especially in areas where it is not seen as illegal and has a growing market demand.

The popular stations that grow well in the Irish climates have been able to yield industrial and medicinal products.

Apart from the agricultural sector, the textile industry also benefits from it. It has brought in more jobs, and green Entrepreneurship and people are now interested in indigenous practices, which continues to increase hemp’s popularity.

However, even with the benefits, we cannot ignore the fact that there will always be a downside. In this case, they are Misinformation, infrastructural gaps, and the ever-looming marijuana which sometimes hinders the potential of hemp in Irish society. 

Hemp’s Global Footprint

Environmental sustainability is an important aspect that has gained popularity over the years because of the need to protect the planet. Looking at the ancient scripts of China to the modern manufacturing units we have in Europe, we cannot deny that hemp has a great influence on society.

Unlike other plants that destroy environmental footprint, hemp’s ability to rapidly grow and its minimal environmental footprint makes it easy to maintain sustainability in the industry.

Beyond using the plant for ropes and textiles, it is now an important element used in producing biofuels, biodegradable plastics, and green construction materials.

Looking at the health section hemp-derived CBD (Cannabidiol) is a phenomenon that is harnessed for the health benefits it provides ranging from serving as a pain relief to anxiety alleviation, which has led to its growing presence in pharmacies and health centres all over the world.

Because of the global perception that has turned towards natural and sustainable products, we now see hemp at the centre of this revolution, especially because it is constantly being endorsed by celebrities and consumed by a lot of individuals.

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Future Trajectories

Have you ever wondered what the future holds for hemp?

Can we expect the industry to continue booming or fade out?

Thankfully, innovation will only increase the growth of the industry.

At this point, Bio-scientists are continuously studying its benefit in carbon sequestration, nutritionist is fascinated by hemp seeds and how it is rich in omega fatty acids, while the green energy movement is looking at how hemp biofuel can be used to power our vehicles.

As countries begin to reevaluate their laws on cannabis, a new market will spring out and even boost the economy because of its growing acceptance.

It is obvious that in the next decade, we’ll witness a major transformation of hemp being viewed as a cult favorite to mainstream adoption, especially because of the ecological benefits it has in sustainability and also natural wellness.

Its evolutions from the ancient fiends of Asia to the modern farms of Ireland show that the hemp industry will continue to be resilient and relevant, in fact, hemp will stand at the forefront of the green revolution.