Hemp ≠ Marijuana
Though both are varieties of cannabis, they are not the same plant. Hemp contains only .3% or less of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (better known as THC), while marijuana plants contain 5-20% of THC. In addition, hemp plants contain significantly more cannabidiol (CBD), which is a cannabinoid commonly used to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. It also has significant medical properties.
Can I legally purchase CBD online?
Yes, CBD is legal to purchase online and legal to ship across the United States. CBD comes from hemp oil; processed hemp (like hemp oil, hemp paper, hemp cloth, etc.) is legal in all 50 states. While states cannot ship hemp plants across state lines, legal growers can sell and ship processed hemp (like CBD oil) anywhere in the country.
What is a cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that repress neurotransmitter release in the brain. The two major cannabinoids that are naturally produced by the human body are anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol. Out of the 85 different cannabinoids in hemp, CBD is the most influential. The human body uses cannabinoids like CBD to protect and heal, mentally and physically.
Can I get high from smoking or ingesting hemp?
Hemp does not contain enough THC to produce any psychoactive effects. As Dr. David P. West explains in his article Hemp and Marijuana: Myths & Realities, the trace amounts of THC in hemp are blocked by the high percentage of cannabidiol (CBD) in it. If you smoke hemp, you wouldn’t get high.
Buying hemp products is legal in the U.S. across all 50 states.
Hemp oil, dietary hemp seeds, and other hemp products are legal in all 50 states, but it is not legal to grow hemp in most states. Even though marijuana and hemp are two different plants, the federal government considers all cannabis plants a Schedule 1 Substance. According to Vote Hemp, only fifteen states— Colorado, California, Oregon, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Delaware, Vermont, Maine, West Virginia and Hawaii—allow industrial hemp farming for commercial purposes and/or research.
What are the medical benefits of CBD?
Hemp contains at least 85 chemicals called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol is one of those chemicals. It has been linked to pain relief and reduced inflammation as noted in this report from the National Cancer Institute. According to “Cannabidiol-Recent Advances,” a scientific research article published in Chemistry & Biodiversity in 2007, it appears to relieve nausea, anxiety, inflammation and convulsion. Additional scientific research names CBD as a potential treatment for more than 20 different medical conditions including acne, alcoholism, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, MS, rheumatism, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and other neurological disorders. You can find an extensive collection of research on the medicinal value of CBD and studies that reflect how it may effectively treat these conditions on Project CBD’s website.