These days it seems like you can’t turn on your computer or watch the news without hearing something about hemp oil or cannabis. With 38 states having legalized cannabis in some form or another, everyone seems to have an expert opinion on the subject. Maybe you’ve heard about the benefits of hemp oil as a treatment or a supplement, but there’s so much information out there that you’re confused. Does this stuff really work? Is it legal where I live? What can it be used for, and what exactly is the difference between medicinal marijuana and hemp or CBD oil? You’ll find the answers to all these questions and more right here.
What is hemp?
Hemp, sometimes called industrial hemp, is a specific variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. While both hemp and marijuana belong to the species Cannabis sativa, they are not the same thing, just like how a Great Dane and a Chihuahua are very different dogs despite belonging to the same species. Marijuana is bred to have high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive substance that causes the “high” people get from smoking. Hemp, on the other hand, is bred to have very low levels of THC and high levels of cannabidiol (CBD). It is completely impossible to get high off of industrial hemp.
Hemp is an incredibly useful and versatile plant. Some of the current and historical applications of industrial hemp include consuming hempseeds as food, using hemp fiber to make fabric, rope, and paper, burning hemp oil as fuel, and using hemp oil for skin care and medicine.
Is hemp legal?
Yes, for the most part. Unfortunately, due to an unfair association with recreational marijuana, hemp and hemp products have often been lumped in with marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug at the federal level. Luckily laws are beginning to change, and many US states have either legalized all uses of Cannabis sativa or at least legalized certain non-recreational uses. Even at the federal level the Agricultural Act of 2014 has defined industrial hemp as distinct from marijuana and legalized hemp research and pilot programs in states where hemp was already legal.
Sadly, all this gray area only serves to confuse consumers who just want to know whether they can legally take advantage of the health benefits of hemp products.
Overall hemp products that are proven to contain either no THC or negligible amounts are legal to import into the United States and largely legal to be sold once they are imported. Eco Sciences’ products, for example, are legal to be sold in all 50 states.Learn More
How can I use it?
Until recently research into the health benefits of hemp oil were almost entirely tied up in legal red tape. What we do know is that a growing body of research suggests that hemp oil can serve as an excellent treatment for several health issues. Conditions for which hemp oil shows the most therapeutic promise include anxiety, chronic pain, epilepsy, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Hemp oil can be particularly beneficial for conditions that traditional medication has failed to control, such as drug-resistant epilepsy.
Hemp oil can be consumed in a variety of different forms. Some of the most popular means of consuming hemp oil include gummies, gel capsules, tinctures, drinks, or even in treats for administration to dogs.Learn More
Endocannabinoids and You
Substances such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are known as phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids derived from plants. What many people don’t know is that the human body produces its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, and in fact has an entire biological system built around them. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, plays a vital role in regulating many different systems within the human body, from mood to appetite, to pain response.
Phytocannabinoids like CBD are able to achieve powerful positive effects within the human body only because they work with our own natural endocannabinoid system. While we are still learning about the complex inner workings of the endocannabinoid system, it’s likely that further research will reveal it to play an even larger role in human health than is already known.Learn More
Clean Natural Extraction
The first step in the creation of hemp oil products is to extract the oil from the hemp plant itself. There are several methods of hemp oil extraction, but CO2 extraction is generally considered to be the superior method. Although it incurs higher expenses than other methods, CO2 extraction yields a product that is highly concentrated and has the least risk of contamination or damage compared to other methods.
Reputable companies like Eco Sciences ensure the hemp oil they used for their products undergoes laboratory testing following extraction to guarantee the cleanliness, quality, and safety of the oil.Learn More
History of Hemp
Humans have likely been taking advantage of Cannabis Sativa's many beneficial qualities since before the dawn of written history Evidence of this can be seen in a scrap of hemp fabric discovered by archeologists that is estimated to be around 10,000 years old. The earliest recorded case of medicinal cannabis use was in 2700 BCE by a Chinese emperor.
Even in the US cannabis was commonly used in medicinal products up until the 1960s. In the 1970s a combination of prejudice and scare-tactics caused cannabis to be listed as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act, making it highly illegal and restricted. It wasn’t until 1996 that California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use, with 38 other states legalizing either medicinal or recreational cannabis in the years to come.Learn More
The subject of hemp oil use as a treatment and supplement is unfortunately often fraught with confusion and misinformation. Many people have reasonable questions about the efficacy, legality, history, and usage of this beneficial substance. While for some questions we’ll just have to wait until more research is done, other questions and concerns can be clarified by the knowledgeable team at Eco Sciences.
In the FAQ section, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the topic of hemp oil.
We hope this section has helped to clear up any questions you may have about hemp oil and other cannabis products. It’s important to be knowledgeable about these subjects, so you can make the best, most informed choice about whether to use hemp oil and where to acquire the highest quality products.Learn More