Medically important cannabinoids such as CBC and CBD, compounds found only in cannabis plants, have shown great promise in treating neurological diseases like Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Hypoxia-Ischemia, and Epilepsy. On-going research will likely result in many more important medical uses for the medically important cannabinoids found only in cannabis plants.
With a lucrative history and huge future market promise, industrial hemp could be the next great agricultural crop. Hemp is an ideal rotation crop, it is drought tolerant, and it is estimated to yield more profit per acre than soybeans. Hemp products include foods, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, fabrics and textiles, yarns, paper, construction materials, and insulation. Industrial hemp (extremely low THC) is also used as a base plant for medical marijuana production.
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