The Cannabis sativa L., or hemp, is a dioecious plant, which means it can be separated into male and female plants. Hemp has been part of our human existence for more than 10,000 years. In addition to using its leaves and smokable flowers for health properties, hemp has been used for food products and hemp oil.
Hemp vs. Marijuana: What's The Difference?
Hemp produces a wide range of cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the intoxicating effects of marijuana. However, hemp doesn't produce enough THC to make people feel high.
Some countries differentiate hemp from marijuana by the amount of THC produced by the plant. In the United States, industrial hemp is defined as Cannabis sativa L. that contains no more than 0.3% THC. The European Union has set the limit at 0.2%.
Yes, you can smoke hemp. Smoking hemp won't get you high, that is not even the goal, smoking organic hemp can be an enjoyable and efficient way to experience other cannabinoids like CBD. Now that you can find organic hemp flower and pre-rolls online, experimenting has never been easier! Smoking hemp allows you to self-titrate in real-time, so you can enjoy the effects immediately.
What is hemp used for?
Hemp is a very versatile fiber crop. It's often used to make clothes, paper, building materials and food.
CBD oil is extracted from hemp leaves and flowers. People are using it as a wellness supplement, so the popularity of CBD-focused cultivation is growing rapidly.
Hemp as food?
Hemp seeds are full of protein and help maintain a healthy heart, digestive system, and nervous system. They also contain omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the optimal ratio for human consumption. In 2008, researchers found that hemp proteins are more digestible than common soy proteins used in food products. Today, you can use hemp seeds as food or make hemp milk by taking them apart and adding water.
How is hemp processed?
Hemp processors use a variety of processing techniques on hemp seeds and stalks to produce pure CBD oil, edible hemp pulp or other hemp products. The technique used depends on the final product's intended use.
Legality of Hemp
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 reclassified hemp (with less than 0.3% THC) from Schedule I, the federal government's most restrictive classification of controlled substances, which are considered highly prone to abuse and without medicinal benefits. This move means that the cultivation and distribution of hemp products is now legal under federal law.
The passage of the 2018 Hemp Farming Act legalized nationwide cultivation programs for industrial hemp. Before that, 41 states had passed industrial hemp-related legislation. Thirty-nine of those states legalized statewide cultivation programs that defined hemp specifically to differentiate it from marijuana and establish licensing requirements for production.
The Hemp Farming Act requires states to consult with their governors and chief law enforcement officers on a regulatory program. Once approved by the US Secretary of Agriculture, the state must have a system that tracks all land where hemp cultivation takes place and procedures for testing THC levels in hemp. Also, the state's system must dispose of products that violate THC content restrictions.