by Luke Runyon, Harvest Public Media
Scientists studying industrial hemp say the plant holds a tremendous amount of promise. To unlock its potential there’s very basic scientific research to be done. But as long as conflicting laws are in the way of funding, that research is hard to do.
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.