In recent years, cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has surged in popularity. CBD is one of the 100+ compounds found in the cannabis plant. Legally, CBD products can contain up to 0.3% THC. Anything higher than that is considered a cannabis product.
This surge in popularity is primarily due to all of the medicinal benefits it offers. Research shows that CBD can relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety, relieve arthritis pain, treat opioid addictions, treat certain seizure conditions, and so much more.
In fact, as the medicinal qualities of CBD continue to spread across the country, more states are starting to consider limited medical marijuana legalization laws. This will allow their residents to access CBD products to treat their incapacitating medical conditions.
Patients who are unlucky enough to live in states with no laws in place and/or no legal access to CBD products may feel like there are no other options that can offer them the same relief.
This is where hemp-derived CBD products come in. There is some indication that CBD sourced from industrial hemp offers the same benefits as CBD sourced from cannabis, which means it could be an alternative for patients who are unable to legally access medical marijuana but can get their hands on industrial hemp-derived CBD.
However, many people are not familiar with industrial hemp-derived CBD. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about industrial hemp-derived CBD, as well as answer some of the most common questions about CBD.
Facts about Industrial Hemp-Derived CBD
Below, we will explore a few of the facts about industrial hemp-derived CBD. Hopefully, this will help you understand it and determine if it might be a viable alternative for you if you live in a state that bans medical marijuana and CBD products.
- Both medical marijuana and agricultural hemp are sourced from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant.
- Agricultural hemp, also known as “hemp stalk” is grown differently than cannabis plants containing THC. Hemp looks a lot like bamboo- which is likely why it’s called “hemp stalk”.
- On average, marijuana plants containing THC will grow to an average height of 5 feet and are planted 6 to 8 feet apart. On the other hand, agricultural hemp will grow to an average of 10 to 15 feet and are planted 3 to 6 inches apart.
- When pollinated, there is very little chance that hemp will be high in THC content.
- As long as they are pollinated by members of the same crop, agricultural hemp is likely to keep low levels of THC.
- At this time, there is a strong legal argument that producing and distributing CBD oils and other products sourced from imported raw industrial derived hemp does not violate the Controlled Substances Act, or CSA.
FAQs about Industrial Hemp-Derived CBD
As we mentioned, many people don’t know much about industrial hemp-derived CBD, so there are lots of questions. Below, we will explore some of the most frequently asked questions about industrial hemp-derived CBD.
What is industrial hemp CBD?
Industrial hemp is a variation of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant with less than 0.3% of THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Typically, industrial hemp is used in manufacturing more than for any therapeutic or psychoactive effects.
What is meant by “hemp-derived”?
The term “hemp-derived” means that the CBD product is sourced from hemp plants. The hemp plant is primarily grown for its seeds and fiber content. As mentioned, they look different from marijuana plants. Hemp is skinny with sparse foliage and looks a lot like bamboo.
Is industrial hemp-derived CBD effective?
Research shows that 40% of people who use industrial-hemp derived CBD for a medical condition find their products effective. This is similar to the 37% of people who use marijuana-derived CBD and 41% of people who use whole plant CBD.
Is industrial hemp-derived CBD the same as CBD?
The primary difference between the two is the cannabinoid content. Both do come from the same plant- however, hemp plants contain high levels of CBD, and hemp seeds do not.
What is the difference between hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD?
The primary difference between these two is the amount of CBD versus THC the plants contain. A cannabis-derived CBD is higher in THC content than CBD. On the other hand, a hemp-derived CBD is higher in CBD than THC. In fact, the THC content is less than 0.3% in CBD products. There is some indication that both cannabis-derived and hemp-derived CBD have similar benefits.
Is industrial hemp-derived CBD legal?
If your CBD is sourced from hemp plants, then it is federally legal. However, check your state laws, as it might be illegal in your state. On the other hand, marijuana-derived CBD is illegal because the DEA has prohibited marijuana plants.
What does industrial hemp-derived CBD do?
There is some indication that industrial hemp-derived CBD offers similar benefits as CBD. It has become a common treatment for stress and skin conditions. There is some indication that it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and conditions such as Alzheimer’s. There is also some indication that it may reduce inflammation, even help with hang overs. However, in order to confirm these, more research is necessary.
CannaVest, one of the primary suppliers of CBD oil from seed to shelf has committed to educate the public about industrial hemp-derived CBD. They want to answer your questions about CBD oil. CannaVest & their subsidiaries specialize in highlighting the health and wellness benefits associated with hemp-derived CBD products.
CBD Simple, a product of CannaVest, contains more than 99% CBD with under 1% THC and is sourced from all-natural hemp. Each batch is tested both in-house and by a third-party to ensure that it conforms to specifications regarding purity. The testing ensures that the product is free from heavy materials, residual solvents, pesticides, and pathogens.
Whether you want to learn more about the processing of industrial hemp-derived CBD products, how it can help patients with medical conditions, or what the future looks like for CBD, please feel free to leave your questions and we will make sure that we address them in future educational pieces. We believe that your questions are valuable- not only for your own benefit but also for patients all around the world. We believe that by spreading knowledge, we are supporting the growth of the cannabis industry, while also educating the world about this often misunderstood plant.
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