Although hemp is not new to societies, we’re getting to know this fantastic plant differently now. Our modern-day culture is rediscovering hemp and understanding more about it. However, there are so many cannabis and hemp questions still unanswered. That’s why we compiled this hemp FAQ to help you understand this exciting plant.
Hemp, or industrial hemp, is one of the numerous varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant species. To be considered hemp, the cannabis plant must not contain over 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive compound of cannabis that makes people feel high. Because hemp only has trace amounts of THC, it has no psychotropic effect. This plant has many uses, and the variety of hemp products keeps growing every day.
Yes, in the United States, hemp is federally legal. Hemp was officially legalized at the end of 2018 with the Hemp Farming Act. This legislation created regulations for farmers to grow hemp legally. Around the world, the state of hemp legalization is diverse. Hemp is legal in many countries, such as Italy, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Thailand, India, Mexico, Uruguay, and many others. The main difference between the legislations is the amount of THC allowed in the hemp plants and derived products.
No, hemp is not the same as marijuana. Although both plants are from the same species, Cannabis sativa, there are many differences between them. The first distinction is the amount of THC. While marijuana plants can have THC levels ranging from 5% to 20%, hemp plants can’t have more than 0.3% (on a dry weight basis).
These plants are also cultivated and processed differently. Marijuana is primarily grown in a controlled environment to ensure high THC levels, and the only part used is the flower buds. Hemp can be grown in many different environments and conditions. Producers who do not focus on CBD can benefit from both male and female hemp plants.
In the U.S., hemp must contain only trace amounts of THC, no more than 0.3%. In other countries, the amounts permitted by law are even lower. You won’t feel any psychoactive effects by consuming hemp products. Poppy seeds have only trace amounts of opium and can be safely consumed by anyone, just like hemp.
Yes, hemp plants usually contain higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD). Most hemp cultivars contain from 12% to 20% of CBD. That said, most of the CBD products you’ll find are made from hemp plants.
Hemp is a highly versatile plant, and it can have countless uses. Hemp seeds can be pressed into an oil that can be eaten or applied to the skin. Hemp flowers can have CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes extracted into tinctures and full-spectrum oils. Hemp fibers can become clothing, ropes, paper, insulation materials, etc. Hemp hurds can be used as hempcrete, animal bedding, and many other uses.
Yes, hemp seeds are, in fact, a highly nutritious superfood. Hemp seeds contain high amounts of fiber and protein and have the perfect ratio of omega 3s and 6s essential fatty acids. These seeds can be pressed into a food-grade oil or ground into flour and many other foods. Another way hemp can be used as food is by infusing CBD into edibles, such as chocolates or gummies.
Yes, hemp products are generally considered safe and have almost no reported side effects. Hemp products are safe, hypoallergenic, and antibacterial. Hemp fibers require less harmful chemicals than cotton for the bleaching process. This fact makes hemp clothing safer for people who suffer from skin allergies.
You can’t get high by consuming any hemp product, as hemp only contains trace amounts of THC, the psychotropic. Even hemp cigarettes are used by people trying to quit smoking nicotine. These cigarettes don’t have any psychoactive effects, only the soothing effects of the CBD present in hemp. Other hemp products, such as foods made with hemp seeds, will not have any psychoactive effect.
That depends on the threshold of the drug test that you will do. Consuming CBD products could cause some drug tests to show false-positive results, especially using full-spectrum CBD products. If you need to ensure you won’t fail a drug test, prefer CBD-isolate products from third-party tested brands. Hemp seed foods, however, are usually safe and won’t cause drug test false-positive results.
After reading and understanding more about this booming industry, how do you feel? Are you excited as we are? The possibilities with hemp are endless!
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