How is hemp different than marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of Cannabis sativa (or Cannabis indica or, less commonly, Cannabis ruderalis), a flowering herb indigenous to many parts of the world. Marijuana is cultivated for high levels of THC, which is concentrated mostly in the flowers and trichomes of the plant. Industrial hemp is cultivated for its fiber and has high levels of CBD. Hemp has been grown and cultivated worldwide for thousands of years for industrial and medical purposes, making useful items like rope, clothing, sails, paper, and thousands of other products. Our hemp is considered Cannabis sativa L. and will not make you high.
Can you grow hemp in the United States?
Our country’s Founding Fathers would likely be appalled to learn that the US government banned the cultivation of industrial hemp in America. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were all hemp farmers. It was even once mandated that hemp be grown, and one could even pay taxes with hemp.
While permits to grow hemp are technically available from the US government, and certain states have passed laws tentatively allowing hemp to be grown as an agricultural commodity, no permit to grow hemp has ever been issued by the DEA. The United States legally imports hundreds of millions of dollars worth of hemp every yearâ€”with some estimates as high as $2 billion annually.
If you can’t grow hemp in the USA, how are hemp and hemp-based products legal?
Because the government considers hemp distinct from marijuana. Hemp finished products (like hemp textiles and hemp oil) have been permitted as imports to the United States for many years. In July 2013, the Congressional Research Service compiled an excellent report on industrial hemp called, Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a prominent naturally-occurring cannabinoid component found in cannabis that comprises up to 40% of the plant. According to the US Government, cannabidiol is a cannabinoid devoid of psychoactive effect. After THC (”9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid. According to many researchers, CBD may be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.
Is your CBD synthetic?
No. The CBD in our products is a natural constituent of industrial hemp oil.
Are CBD and THC the same thing?
No, they are different compounds. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, but THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high or stoned. CBD is not psychoactive like THC, meaning it won’t get you high.