THAT WHAT? The American Herbal Products Association (APHA) has published a Hemp Lexicon to standardize the terminology for growing, processing, manufacturing, and labeling hemp and hemp products in the United States

THE DETAILS The resource is described as a reference tool for the hemp industry, federal, state, tribal, and other jurisdictions that oversee hemp production and manufacture. It is intended to “provide guidelines and promote clear, consistent communication”.

The committee was developed by a working group of the AHPA Cannabis Committee, which includes hemp growers, manufacturers, processors and product marketers. It asks for suggestions for additional terms and revisions.

For the sake of consistency, the committee has created alternative terms to the currently specific terms that are used for marketing purposes and that differ from the long-established definitions of the botanical industry.

The committee hopes that the alternative terminology will be incorporated by the hemp industry over time.

WHY? Because the US hemp market presents a bewildering variety of terms and definitions, the committee sees the Lexicon as providing consumers with a “common understanding of the various terms used in the description, marketing and labeling of hemp products”.

Asa Waldstein, Chair of the Cannabis Committee, stated, “As the hemp industry continues to expand, all hemp stakeholders will benefit from the standard terminology set out in the dictionary. The development of the AHPA hemp lexicon marks another important milestone for the achievements of the AHPA cannabis committee in its more than 10-year history. “