Hemp has become increasingly popular in recent years for its many medicinal, industrial, and recreational benefits. But what about the active compounds that make hemp so beneficial? Does hemp contain THC or CBD? This article will delve into the science behind cannabinoids and the differences between THC and CBD, as well as their presence in hemp. We will also explore the legal implications of hemp containing one or both of these compounds. By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the science behind hemp and its potential effects on the body.
Does hemp contain any trace amounts of THC?
Yes, hemp does contain trace amounts of THC, usually less than 0.3%. However, hemp is primarily composed of CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and does not produce any psychoactive effects due to the extremely low levels of THC.
What is the difference between THC and CBD found in hemp?
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are both compounds found in hemp plants. THC is the psychoactive component of the plant which gives users the feeling of being “high” while CBD is a non-psychoactive component and has many therapeutic benefits. While both THC and CBD can be found in hemp, the concentration of THC is usually much lower than that of CBD. CBD is typically the main compound found in hemp and is what is used in most products made from hemp.
Are there any health benefits associated with consuming hemp with CBD?
Hemp does not contain THC, the psychoactive component found in marijuana. Hemp does contain CBD, which has been linked to a variety of potential health benefits, including relief from anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and pain. CBD has also been shown to have antioxidant and neuroprotectant properties.
How can hemp with CBD be used to treat certain medical conditions?
Hemp contains very low levels of THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, and higher levels of CBD, the non-intoxicating cannabinoid that has been linked to a wide range of potential health benefits. CBD can be used to help treat issues such as chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and seizures. It is believed to be very effective in treating conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, and epilepsy. Additionally, CBD may be effective in treating cancer-related symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and pain.
Trey Malone receives funding from the U. New York recently became the 15th U. A third of Americans think hemp and marijuana are the same thing , according to the National Institutes of Health , and many people still search Google to find out whether cannabidiol a cannabis derivative known as CBD will get them high, as marijuana does. Hemp, marijuana and CBD are all related, but they differ in significant ways. Both hemp and marijuana belong to the same species, Cannabis sativa , and the two plants look somewhat similar. However, substantial variation can exist within a species. After all, great Danes and chihuahuas are both dogs, but they have obvious differences. The defining difference between hemp and marijuana is their psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Hemp has 0. CBD is a compound found in cannabis. THC is also a cannabinoid. Clinical research indicates that CBD is effective at treating epilepsy. Anecdotal evidence suggests it can help with pain and even anxiety though scientifically the jury is still out on that. Marijuana, containing both CBD and more THC than hemp, has demonstrated therapeutic benefits for people with epilepsy , nausea , glaucoma and potentially even multiple sclerosis and opioid-dependency disorder. The Drug Enforcement Agency categorizes cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, meaning it handles cannabis as if there is no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. CBD comes in food, tinctures and oils, just to name a few. Here are some commonly used terms used to describe CBD products in the store. Tinctures are made by soaking cannabis in alcohol, while oils are made by suspending CBD in a carrier oil, like olive or coconut oil. So have terpenes and flavonoids, which give marijuana its strong aroma and earthy flavor. In states where recreational marijuana is legal, the list of cannabis-derived products greatly expands to include CBD with much higher THC content than 0. There is no standardized dosage of CBD. Some retailers may have enough knowledge to make a recommendation for first-timers. There are also online resources like this dosage calculator. Consumers concerned about content and the accuracy of CBD products, which are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, can look for certification from independent lab testing or by scanning a QR code on product packaging. Note that CBD oil is different from hemp oil which comes from pressing cannabis seeds, and may not contain CBD and hempseed oil , which is a source of essential fatty acids and contains no CBD. Though 15 states have now legalized recreational marijuana , it remains illegal federally in the United States. Technically, those in possession of marijuana in a legal weed state can still be punished under federal law, and traveling across state borders with cannabis is prohibited. Hemp, on the other hand, was made legal to grow and sell in the United States in the Farm Bill. But CBD occupies a legal gray area. Several states, such as Nebraska and Idaho, still essentially regulate CBD oil as a Schedule 1 substance akin to marijuana. Our recent study found that Americans perceive hemp and CBD to be more like over-the-counter medication and THC to be more like a prescription drug. Still, the average person in the U. As interest in other cannabinoids, like cannabigerol, or CBG which some are touting as the new CBD continues to grow, so too grows the need for further medical research into cannabis. Sign up for our weekly newsletter. Edition Available editions Global. Become an author Sign up as a reader Sign in. During the pandemic Americans turned to CBD, which purports to have calming effects. Hemp, marijuana and cannabanoidals Both hemp and marijuana belong to the same species, Cannabis sativa , and the two plants look somewhat similar. Events More events.
Thanks largely to legal changes introduced by the Farm Bill, cannabidiol CBD has become an increasingly common fixture in medicine cabinets and on the shelves of local convenience stores and major drugstores. The cannabis species naturally produces hundreds of active compounds. CBD is a chemical compound produced in abundance that has become one of the most commonly sought after cannabinoids. This is largely due to the potential medical and wellness benefits of CBD. As CBD becomes more well known, there is growing awareness that not all CBD products are made the same, nor are they even necessarily derived from the same kind of cannabis plant. Hemp-derived oil and CBD products are sourced from industrial hemp plants, which are grown primarily for their fiber andseeds. These plants tend to differ from marijuana plants in appearance they are often skinny and have sparse foliage. As outlined in the Farm Bill , a hemp plant must contain no more than 0. Marijuana-derived CBD is extracted from cannabis plants that have thick, lush foliage and flowers that are generally grown and consumed for their intoxicating properties.