When looking to purchase oils, many consumers tend to confuse hemp oil with cannabis oil. This is due in part to the fact that both are low in THC and both contain the compound Cannabidiol which is responsible for a whole host of health benefits including reducing pain, inflammation, and seizures. This confusion has also been exacerbated by the fact that many states have passed medical marijuana laws that allow for the use of strains of marijuana that are low in THC and high in CBD. However, hemp oil is a product of large-scale hemp stalk and fiber processing facilities.
While hemp and marijuana are cousins, they are not the same. The difference is that you can smoke an entire garbage bag of hemp and it would not produce the altered state of consciousness that is often associated with marijuana use. Hemp was banned and classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This meant hemp could no longer be grown in the U.S. However, products containing hemp, including lotions, fabric, and food, are legal for purchase in the U.S. and are often found at natural and health food retailers.
In 2001, the Drug Enforcement Administration tried to ban people and companies from importing and selling food products containing hemp seed and oil. However, the Hemp Industries Association responded by successfully suing the DEA. They argued that organic hemp oil is primarily consumed as a nutritional supplement and is used in body care products. They stated that it is not used to get people high and therefore, continued sale and use should be allowed.
Additionally, when not used for oil production, hemp can also be used to produce thousands of non-medical products. These include paper, clothing, construction materials, automobile parts and food. It can also be used as a biofuel. The oil can be used to make soap, paints, and lubricants, as well as a body care product. Nearly 40 states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and more than half have passed it into law. This number is fluid as more states pass laws that allow for its use medically, recreationally, and in the production of other products, as well. It seems as if it is almost daily, that another state or municipality passes a law allowing for its use.
The seeds of the hemp plant are used to make CBD oil. It does not have a very long shelf life and must be stored in dark containers in a refrigerated environment so that it does not go bad. The oil cannot be used for cooking because it has a very low smoking point. Moreover, hemp oil is becoming an increasingly popular product and is being used for an expanding variety of purposes. Washed hemp seed do not contain any THC at all and the tiny amounts of THC that can be found in industrial hemp come from the glands of the plant itself and the concentration of these cannabinoids in the oil is infinitesimal. No one can get high from using hemp oil.