Industrial hemp was legally allowed to be grown with the farm bill of 2014. The bill restricts hemp that is grown so that it has to have less than .3% THC by dry weight. This prevents the plant from creating a ‘high’ and only allows it to be utilized for its health benefits.
Unfortunately, no current USDA Organic Certification for hemp currently exists. Many believe this certification will be applied in time.
Hemp may be either domestic or imported. It is very important where Hemp is sourced because of its ability to detoxify soil and air. Asian hemp may be planted to remove heavy metal toxicity. Hemp will absorb carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from polluted air if the crop isn’t treated with care.
Cannabis Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil vs Hemp Extract Oil
Cannabis Oil is derived from Cannabis that is greater than .3% THC by volume therefore making it Psychotropic. Sourced from cannabis that has between 6-20% THC. Because of this, it is only allowed to be sold in states that have passed medicinal or recreational laws.
Hemp Seed Oil is non-psychotropic and is sourced from cannabis seeds. Because it is from the seeds and not the plant, it has no active cannabinoids. This type of hemp is more comparable to sunflower or avocado oil. Hemp seed oil is a healthy fat but needs growth and flowering to product active cannabinoids.
Hemp Extract Oil is non-psychotropic but is sourced from whole plant. Because it is derived from industrial hemp (less than .3% THC) it has numerous benefits and is legal in all 50 states. Hemp extract has active cannabinoids and includes the whole plant making it full spectrum
There are over 100 phytocannabinoids found in cannabis plants. The two most known and studied are Tetrahydrocannabinol which is psychotropic and cannabidiol which has numerous health benefits and doesn’t produce a euphoric high.
Cannabidiol has been shown to help with numerous diseases and disorders and effects the CB1 and CB2 receptors found throughout the body. Cannabidiol produces no level of toxicity in humans up to 1500 mg per day (p/o) or 30 mg I.V.
Phytocannabinoids Found in Cannabis Plants