September in North Carolina means tobacco is in the warehouses and the cotton bolls will soon pop open, but one of the newest signs of the season in the state is hemp harvesting. In 2014, North Carolina made it permissible for farmers to grow industrial hemp, which contains less than 1 percent of the drug THC, which is found in higher levels in marijuana.
Foushee’s 2-acre plot outside Roxboro supports about 6,000 plants whose seeds will be used for medicinal purposes.
Foushee said the seed oil can be used treat a whole crop of ailments, including Parkinson’s disease and seizures.
He also said that he doesn’t believe hemp will supplant tobacco as the state’s major cash crop, but he thinks it can breathe some life into the area’s economy because of the need for people to process the plants.
Hemp Inc. University is having a symposium on the plant and the hemp process Saturday at Peachtree Hills Country Club in Spring Hope. The event will include a tour of the industrial hemp manufacturing site.