Hemp is King in China
The rise of the hemp industry in China was to be expected. After all, when the American Tobacco industry tanked, the sheer volume of Chinese smokers picked up the economic difference. The progression from Tobacco to Hemp is rather natural. The crops are farmed the same way, but hemp makes harvesting a little easier. So, what changed for China?
What helps China support the industry is its multitude of climates across its varied regions. After China outlawed cannabis possession in 1985, certain fringe farmers on the border with Russia were allowed to cultivate industrial hemp product. Out of the rise in industrial hemp for a single province came a rallying cry. If a single province can overproduce the crop, then why not sell it to the world?
Half of all legal hemp is produced in China
American remains the biggest importer of Chinese hemp. That’s not hard to imagine when you consider that China is now producing half of the world’s legal hemp. While America is slowly playing catch-up to international gains, it’s wise to understand how China was able to develop such immense cultivation. They had decades of engaging in textile need and other profit sources in regions that were undeveloped or unable to compete with nearby superpowers. But, why does so much Chinese hemp do to the global market?
Chinese hemp raises concerns
What this foreign influx does is put more pressure for regulation from the federal government. The FDA is already open soliciting the public on changing the classification for CBD. What a sudden rise in mystery foreign crop does is cast doubt on what is or isn’t consumer grade quality. The greater the Chinese hemp boom becomes, the greater demand for product safety is cast upon the United States.