Hemp and Marijuana Are NOT The Same Thing
Did anyone else have a strange hemp phase in middle school? You know, where you wear hemp threaded bracelets and necklaces until your forced to look at yourself in the mirror and say, "I'm in eight-grade. I think that Baha Men have serious musical potential, and I have no idea how hemp has to do with marijuana." A question that we often receive here at ATLRx is the difference between hemp and marijuana. There are a lot of similarities, so that it can be a bit jarring at first.
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a form of cannabis that has a plethora of cannabinoids. That mass of cannabinoids means having a full-spectrum CBD oil rather than an isolate. And the plant can have male or female organs based on the species or strand—making it a dioecious plant. The nutrient and cannabinoid-rich CBD oil derive from the hemp plant's flowers, leaves, and stocks. Interestingly, the separation of the sexes is mighty necessary. Hemp is okay with having a male scattered throughout its field of females, but marijuana farms have to keep their males and female plants separated like a boarding school. Otherwise, the opposite genders cross paths; then pollination will occur—burying the farmer in seeds. It's a different kind of a mess, more seeds; more weed is difficult to argue. Hemp plants produce more CBD than THC, whereas marijuana produces a lot of the psychoactive THC. Hemp has more CBD readily available inside of it than marijuana does, whereas marijuana packs more THC. But this brings on the point that hemp plants can get you high; hemp extraction includes delta-8 distillate and other analogs through isolate processes.
Is Hemp-Derived THC Legal?
Now, extracts being hemp-derived is vital when it comes to state laws. For example, a hemp-derived CBD is federally legal as long as the THC stays underneath 0.3% in the state of Georgia, hence our legal limit pre-roll . Anything above makes it a schedule I drug because Georgia has yet to legalize recreational marijuana or delta 9 THC. The Farm Bill of 2018 made it federally legal; the loophole was introduced when hemp (cannabis sativa l) and anything derived from the plant with 0.3 percent or less delta 9 THC were removed from the controlled substances act. Yes, hemp can be thrown into the same category as a schedule I substance. But now, some strains deliberately keep a lower THC level to guarantee a federally legal crop. Around this time in 2018, all of the fun began; the introduction of delta 8 THC laid out the CBD industry's next chapter. It opened a whole new portal, a future of isolated cannabinoid molecules.
It's important to understand that the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the CBD market. Please understand that hemp and even CBD products are targeted by frauds looking to make a quick buck. Hemp oil is just the pressing of hemp seeds. It's a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, but not all of us are trying to bulk up, bro. The hemp seed oil market pilfers wallets with the misconception that it is indeed CBD oil. It's not; there are so that are loosely flung around in hopes of deceiving a customer base. There are false promises made by particular brands that have no intention of telling you the truth. There have been a series of investigations that have exposed claimed CBD products that contained no CBD whatsoever.
You would better serve yourself if you can into ATLRx because of our transparency. We want you to know what you're consuming. On all of our products, we have QR Codes that display the batches DEA certified full-panel lab reports, everything in the product is listed, and you will leave our locations with new factual information.