There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding cannabidiol -- the popular wellness supplement better known as Hemp. It's a type of cannabis product, which means it comes with a lot of baggage. Hemp has been long overshadowed by its famous cousin marijuana, but they're very distinct even though the two are related. Let’s dig into some background and context and answer some questions you may have about Hemp.

Where Does Hemp Come From? 

Hemp is a component found in all cannabis plants. It’s one of only a few active compounds, along with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component of marijuana.  THC molecules and Hemp molecules have the same molecular formula but a different structure, meaning they are chemically related but fundamentally different. That’s why THC will cause a high (with some potential for health benefits), while Hemp has supportive physiological benefits without mind-altering effects.
  • There are three main cannabis varieties: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. 
  • The first two can be classified as marijuana, while the latter may be classified as hemp, suited for industrial purposes.
  • In general, Sativa is high in THC and low in Hemp; 
  • Indica has higher Hemp levels and lowers THC; 
  • Hemp has negligible THC amounts, but American hemp farmers can grow it for harvestable Hemp content.

Does Hemp Oil Have THC in It? 

Does CBD Oil Have THC in It?  There are two answers here. Generally speaking, across America, Hemp oil comes from hemp plants. They can contain up to 0.3% THC content.  Some don’t have that much, but less reputable Hemp vendors might exceed that threshold. You should always try to buy Hemp that’s been third-party tested. At Pure Relief, you can find individual lab results for each product. In states where marijuana is legal, Hemp oil may certainly have THC in it. It would depend on whether it was derived from hemp or derived marijuana. You’d be likely to find Hemp with THC at a physical dispensary; most Hemp sold online comes from hemp and is low in THC.

Is Hemp With THC Legal? 

The 2018 version of the Farm Bill -- annual agricultural legislature -- declassified hemp and hemp-derived products as a banned substance. So, if you’ve got hemp Hemp and there’s less than 0.3% of THC, it’s federally legal.  Hemp with high levels of THC is only legal, where marijuana is legal.

Will Hemp Make Me Fail a Drug Test?

Mostly no. Taking Hemp isn’t likely to trigger a positive when testing for marijuana. The tests look for THC, and the amounts in Hemp are below the threshold for testing.
  • However, with regular longtime usage, you may accumulate excess THC in your body. 
  • It’s still unlikely you would accumulate so much that you’d test positive, but it is something to consider. Don’t worry -- there are still options for you, and we’ll look at them below.
  • An employer can still test for Hemp, specifically, if they want to. The tests do exist. Just like testing for prescription opioids, legality isn’t always the concern. 
  • But since Hemp isn’t illegal, mind-altering, or particularly sedative (a concern in operating machinery, for example), most employers won’t spend time and money adding it to their drug panel.

Can You Buy Non-THC Hemp Oil? 

Absolutely! There are three types of Hemp: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. Two of these varieties are THC-free.
  • Full-spectrum Hemp  is extracted from the plant and pretty much left intact. All of the compounds found in cannabis (plant-based compounds called terpenes and cannabis-specific compounds called cannabinoids) will be present, including that 0.3% THC.
  • Broad-spectrum Hemp removes the THC content but leaves in a few other terpenes and cannabinoids. The specific ones vary, so you need to check the lab results, but you’ll need a cannabinoid chart to interpret them!
  • Hemp isolate is precisely what it sounds like. Just Hemp, isolated from everything else.

Hemp Without THC: Is It Effective? 

You may be wondering if medical marijuana has both Hemp and THC in it, and it works -- is Hemp effective If you take THC out?
  • Whether the Hemp is full, broad, or isolated, there isn’t enough THC in it to create a tangible effect. Full-spectrum still won’t be analogous to high-Hemp weed. However, Hemp and THC both bind to our bodies’ cannabinoid receptors to produce similar positive effects. 
  • What is true is that the presence of other cannabinoids amplifies Hemp’s effects. They all have semi-unique functions, and when they work together, they work more effectively. This is called the entourage effect
  • THC in Hemp can be helpful, but it’s not necessary. Broad-spectrum attempts to split the difference. At Pure Relief, there’s a little something for everyone to try. We offer potent full-spectrum Hemp oils and tasty THC-free gummies.

Can You Smoke Hemp? 

Another difference between weed and Hemp is that everyone knows you usually smoke weed, but Hemp usually comes in oil or gummy form. But yes, you can smoke Hemp, too! 
  • Because the hemp itself contains a lot of Hemp and only a little THC, you can use the whole plant. 
  • Hemp flower is used to make joints, and at Pure Relief, we offer raw hemp flower you can roll yourself. If you’re more of an e-cig person, look for vape cartridges and disposable pens for smoking Hemp oil -- never try smoking Hemp oil out of a non-smokable tincture.
  • The benefits of smoking Hemp are also unique versus oil and edibles. It’s a highly effective method because inhalation gets Hemp into your bloodstream more quickly. 
  • Not only will it take effect more quickly, but the same amount will be more potent inhaled than eaten. When you consume Hemp orally, some of it is metabolized through digestion before it ever gets into your blood.

Are There THC Oils? 

You may have heard Hemp oil casually called weed oil once or twice. It doesn’t take a giant mental leap to figure out why someone might make that mistake.  But that’s never the appropriate term because yes, THC oil also exists.
  • Compared to the booming cannabidiol industry, THC oil is like a niche product. As we just discussed, people love smoking their weed and not consuming it as an oil. But you could probably bake some killer edibles with it.
  • It’s only going to be available where marijuana is legal, but just like Hemp with high THC levels, you’ll likely be able to find it at dedicated cannabis dispensaries. 

Takeaway

We hope you now have a better understanding of the often misunderstood Hemp. This was only a small sampling of some common questions. And we didn’t even start to touch on the benefits of Hemp. So, if you’re still looking for more information, check out the Pure Relief blog, and if you’re looking for more products, head over to the Pure Relief shop.
October 28, 2020
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