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Should Industrial Hemp Be Used To Make Medical Cannabis Products?




The intersection of industrial hemp's versatile properties as a soil remediation plant and its applications in medical cannabis products sparks a crucial debate. As hemp gains traction for its myriad industrial uses—ropes, textiles, clothing—questions arise regarding the potential transfer of aggregated chemicals into final products and the implications for consumer safety.

Industrial hemp, celebrated for its ability to remediate soil by absorbing contaminants like heavy metals, brings forth concerns about the presence of these chemicals in the final products. For instance, if hemp used for textiles has pulled significant levels of heavy metals, such as lead, from water during the remediation process, does this pose a risk of off-gassing into homes?

As a medical patient and consumer, the desire for transparency and safety in ingested and consumed products is paramount. The concern extends beyond heavy metals to mycotoxins, emphasizing the need for rigorous production standards. The question arises: Do consumers want to ingest products from plants designed primarily for soil remediation, considering the potential chemical residue?

Envisioning a successful hemp industry involves a nuanced approach. Advocates argue for a clear distinction between plants cultivated for industrial purposes and those earmarked for consumption. By doing so, we can ensure that hemp farmers are experts in their chosen field, whether it be soil remediation or cultivating plants for medical use.

A vision for a prosperous hemp industry involves farmers who specialize in either industrial or medical cannabis cultivation, respecting the unique demands of each sector. By avoiding the multi-purposing of plants or techniques for consumption, we can bolster safety and quality control.

A Future Aligned with Consumer Confidence

The call for a successful hemp industry isn't about limiting its potential but optimizing it for different purposes. Cultivating hemp with a dedicated focus on either industrial applications or medical cannabis ensures that consumers can trust the safety and efficacy of the products they use. In this envisioned future, individuals of all ages and health conditions can confidently rely on hemp-derived medical products recommended by their physicians.

The hemp industry has the opportunity to craft a narrative of responsible and specialized cultivation. The convergence of industrial and medical cannabis applications need not compromise consumer safety; instead, it can lead to a thriving industry that serves both economic and health needs.


Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.