The latest hemp news sees Whole Foods releasing its top ten food trends for 2019, and hemp has made it almost to the top of the list. The health food mega grocery store is known for being ahead of the curve on all the latest health trends.
Whole Foods claims that its "seasoned trend-spotters with more than 100 years of combined experience" have compiled the new report on what to expect next year. So what are shoppers most likely to buy in 2019? According to Whole Foods experts, tons of hemp.
Hemp News: Next Level Hemp
Hemp-derived products have been sold at the grocery store for a while now, but just recently have they gained major popularity. This has a lot to do with the booming cannabis industry in the US and Canada.
“Hemp hearts, seeds and oils are nothing new to food and body care lovers—they’re in everything from waffle mix to dried pastas,” the company wrote. “But a new interest in the potential benefits stemming from other parts of hemp plants has many brands looking to explore the booming cannabis biz.”
Cultivating marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin is still broadly illegal in the US. The only exception is under the 2014 Farm Bill that allows certain state-approved hemp research programs. This may all change in 2019 though, as there is a strong possibility that industrial hemp could be legalized once the House and Senate come up with a plan on a new farm bill and put it on President Trump's desk.
This could be huge news for the hemp industry and would broaden the amount of hemp-derived products being made and distributed. None-the-less, Whole Foods believes that the hemp products are pushing mainstream and is in the top ten trends in 2019.
“It’s clear that hemp-derived products are going mainstream, if not by wide distribution, then by word of mouth." the Whole Foods report reads.
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