Years ago, before the prohibition of hemp and cannabis Sativa, these plants would grow wild across the United States. Many animals, including some of our favorite snacks, naturally used to feed on hemp and were probably better off for it. With more light being shed on the processed and, in many cases, vulgar ways livestock is being fed, hemp offers a more nutritious and natural alternative. Full of proteins, amino acids, and omega-3 fatty acid, hemp has gradually been making it's way into the diets of livestock, contributing to healthier animals and, in turn, healthier consumers - us.
As with many cannabis-related issues, Colorado seems to be spearheading the movement. With Colorado's governor signing a bill allowing tests on the potential benefits of incorporating hemp into the diets of livestock, a few farmers in Denver and Longmont have been gradually adding the hemp feed into their animals dietary routine. After just four months of adding around 10-20% hemp feed into their traditional diet, farmers claim they can see a massive difference in weight and healthier looking "coats" that are, respectively, leading to increased profit.
With hemp being such a sustainable and practical approach to a more healthy and balanced diet, in human and animals alike, it would be no surprise to see more and more livestock farmers follow suit.