Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) has been prominent in society and culture for the past couple of decades. The stigma towards Weed has been ingrained in most people’s minds. Recently the laws on Marijuana have been relaxed in a handful of states such as California or Colorado.
Many people get this confused or mixed up. Hemp is not the same as Marijuana. Hemp has been legalize by the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018 by Congress (H.R. 5485). The Farm Bill covers a wide range of topics but for our purpose this allows our farmers to grow hemp for sale. The hemp needs to contain less than 0.3% THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). This allows or them to sell, cultivate, transport and distribute.
Let’s go over how diverse the hemp plant is to get a better understanding.
Hemp was originally grown in Asia and exported to the West because of its diversity. Hemp has been used to make fabric, materials and more. In today’s modern society, we use almost every part of the hemp plant.
Hemp seeds are used to hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is packed with potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and more. Companies use it in cosmetic products, beauty products, and more.
Hemp is known for its stalk. The stalk in these plants has been proven to be strong yet agile. Farmers have known this secret for thousands of years. They have used Hemp stalk for rope, building materials, paper, and insulation. This is one of the most versatile plants in the world.
Now for the good stuff.
The hemp flowers grown today come in a variety of different strains. Each strain has it’s specific effects. Some strains help for relaxation and others perk you up. The legalization of hemp allows farmers to experiment and push the boundaries when it comes to producing top quality hemp flowers. The flowers can be used in CBD cigarettes, smoking the flower itself and other CBD products.
Another diverse part of the plant, hemp leaves can be used for a variety of products. You can use the leaves to make butter, tea and more.
Farmers have been known to use the remainder of the plant as mulch. The hemp plant really lends itself to full utilization.
We now understand how important the plant is but its magic is in the cannabinoids that lie within it. The hemp plant contains a variety of cannabinoids. One of the most famous cannabinoids is CBD (Cannabidiol). While there are many more, this one has hit the main street of America.
CBD from the hemp plant is now used by a variety of industries for the end-user. Whether it is in a tincture, cream, gummy or cigarette, people can now enjoy the pleasures of CBD without any legal ramifications.
Scientists are researching the benefits of CBD and also discovering additional cannabinoids as more money is invested in this industry. Recently as of Jan 2020, a new cannabinoid has been discovered (CBDP). As more money is invested, we can truly discover the benefits of the hemp plant.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
CBD is used and accepted by the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining the body’s well being and balance. CBD has been shown to bond to the ECS receptors to help maintain harmony.
Unlike MJ, you can consume the cannabinoids in Hemp for healing properties without getting “high”. This has been a game-changer for many people.
Currently, many of today’s jobs require a drug test. The drug test being presented usually tests for Marijuana or Weed in your system. This restricts them from enjoying the benefits. With the rise of CBD, these same people can now take CBD without worry about testing positive for a drug test.
The low THC percentage ensures that the product is not psychoactive and is different from Marijuana. Since the legalization of hemp, farmers are now cultivating high CBD strain hemp for consumption.
Please keep in mind that some CBD can cause a positive result on a drug test. This is typically Full Spectrum CBD which contains traces of THC. Only CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum contains 0% THC. It is important to make sure you read the product label and lab results for the products are you taking. It is also recommended to email the manufacturer for clarification if you have any questions. Most of the CBD used for cigarettes is full spectrum.
Confusion with smoking Hemp / Weed Cigarettes
Smoking hemp and weed cigarettes can be easily confused. More and more vendors mixing the two ingredients for their smoking joint, preroll, or cigarette. Unfortunately, this is only legal where weed is legal. This adds to the confusion between Hemp and Marijuana.
For example – the vendor below has a 4:1 CBD:THC ratio. Even though the product is high in CBD, the THC percentage is over the limit set by the Farm Bill which makes it illegal in most states. Even though these are considered CBD cigarettes, they are not federally legal.
Hemp flower vs Marijuana flower
Marijuana flowers can look almost identical to hemp flowers.
Below is an image of a cannabis flower:
Below is an image of a hemp flower:
As you can or cannot tell, they look almost identical. Both flowers are smokable. A surefire way to tell them apart is lab testing.
Typical Hemp CBD lab results
Here is an example of a hemp flower from a hemp cigarette lab results:
As you can see, this test shows that the material has 4.37% CBD. It also has 0.06% THC. This makes the hemp legal in all 50 states. CBDA and THCA are what we call precursors to CBD and THC. They both eventually turn to CBD and THC over time or with heat.
The CBD cigarettes sold on Hemp86 is made to be legal in all 50 states. We go through multiple testing by independent labs to ensure this is possible. Hemp86 uses only high strain CBD hemp so that our users can enjoy the rich benefits of CBD.