Misconceptions surrounding the hemp plant have undoubtedly formed because of the plant’s close relation to marijuana, another member of the cannabis genus. However, learning the truth behind these misconceptions can help you better understand the benefits of hemp oil.
Hemp Comes from the Same Plant as Marijuana
Although both plants share many similarities and are part of the genus cannabis, they are two different plants. Aside from their biological differences, these two plants also serve different purposes.
Harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks, hemp can grow as tall as 13 feet without the assistance of pesticides or herbicides. Furthermore, a cannabis plant can only be considered hemp if it does not contain more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Because of this low amount of THC, hemp does not produce the same psychoactive effects as marijuana.
Conversely, marijuana is commonly harvested for the psychoactive and euphoric effect its higher levels of THC produces. Unlike hemp, marijuana is harvested for its flowers, which contain the highest levels of THC, rather than its seeds and stalks.
You Can Get High on Hemp
Due to its naturally low levels of THC, which are about 30 times lower than the levels of THC in marijuana, oil derived from hemp plants cannot get users “high.” Instead, hemp has higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound that produces no psychoactive side effects.
This makes hemp oil safe for users of any age.
Hemp Oil is Illegal in the U.S.
Although growing hemp plants is illegal in the United States, manufacturing hemp oil and selling various products made with hemp oil is legal. Only pilot programs qualified under the 2014 Farm Bill are legally allowed to grow hemp plants in the country. Under U.S. law, hemp products must contain no more than 0.3% THC in its content by dry weight.
Because of this, manufacturers of hemp-based products typically import their hemp oil and other products from international markets.
CBD from Hemp is not as Good for You as CBD from Marijuana
Just like lemons and oranges are sources of vitamin C, marijuana and hemp are both sources of CBD. When the body processes vitamin C, it makes no distinction between vitamin C from lemons and vitamin C from oranges. It just knows it’s getting vitamin C and reacts with the vitamin accordingly.
The same concept can be applied to how the body processes CBD. Regardless of the source, the body still interacts with CBD through its endocannabinoid system, a system responsible for bridging connections between brain activity and the body’s well-being. Therefore, CBD from hemp and CBD from marijuana provide equal benefits to the body.
The only way CBD can be better for you is if it is ingested in purer doses because it does not have other chemical compounds blocking its path.