Since attending conventions and promotional events we have learned that many people do not know the difference between Hemp Seed Oil, CBD or THC. It was educational to watch spectators walk by and say out loud “Hip Hemp? I don’t use hemp.” Or the complete opposite reaction occurs. They want to get high from our products.
Here is a brief history of hemp before it became so controversial and misunderstood. During World War II, hemp was a staple crop used to produce building materials, canvas and clothing. The U.S, Government paid farmers to grow hemp. Hemp is stronger than cotton and has more Omega 3 than fish oils offer. In addition, it is loaded with antioxidants. Today, the North American Industrial Hemp Council estimates that hemp can be used to make more than 25,000 products.
So why is the word “hemp” so taboo? In 1970, the U.S. government passed the Controlled Substances Act, which regulates all cannabis, including industrial hemp. Yes, hemp has a relationship to marijuana but the word “hemp” only refers to the variety of cannabis sativa. Even though you may find trace amounts of THC (cannabis indica), hemp produces no psychotic or drug-like effects. Even the White House was confused on the subject when they recently included hemp on their crackdown on drugs. Thanks to the Farm Bill, federal legislation passed in 2014, it has allowed industrial hemp research and farming programs so hemp farmers are free of any federal interference.
Marijuana and hemp are varieties of cannabis that were developed due to selective breeding: hemp for its fiber, and marijuana for its narcotic components. Even though they smell and look-alike, they are structurally and chemically different.
A few facts about hemp seeds and hemp seed oil:
• Hemp has no THC, while cannabis has around 10 percent. Some strains of marijuana can have as much as 27 percent of THC.
• Hemp plants are male and cannabis plants are female.
• Common household items can be made with hemp, from birdseed to ice cream.
• Hemp seed is rich in gamma linolenic acid, a nutritious unsaturated fatty acid, which is also found in breast milk.
• It can help improve digestion, balance hormones and improve metabolism.
• Helps relieve arthritis and joint pain
• Hemp seeds can improve cardiovascular health and high blood pressure.
• Hemp seed oil can be used to heal skin conditions.
It is understandable for there to be confusion due to the lack of education surrounding the different species of the cannabis plant due to its prohibition. The names of the different uses of the cannabis plant are very confusing. For example, hemp seed oil is NOT hemp oil (hash oil).
Use our site (hiphemp.com) and the websites listed below to research the differences between these plants and learn for yourselves how amazing hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are. I have read testimonials of how hemp seeds and the oil have helped conditions such as ADHD and bipolar disorder. It has helped regulate hormones, eased premenstrual syndrome, and relieved anxiety.
The websites listed below are also a great resource for your questions about hemp seed oil.