Surely no member of the plant kingdom has ever been more misunderstood than Hemp. For too many years, emotion-not reason-has guided our policy toward this crop. And nowhere have emotions run hotter than in the debate over the distinction between hemp and marijuana. Our intention here is to offer scientific evidence, so that cultivars, policy makers, manufacturers, and the general public can distinguish between myth and reality.
Firstly, we are committed and dedicated in raising awareness about the benefits, uses and value of Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L). Cannabis is the only plant genus that contains the unique class of molecular compounds called cannabinoids. Many cannabinoids have been identified, but two preponderate: THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient of Cannabis, and CBD, which is an anti-psychoactive ingredient. One type of Cannabis is high in the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, and low in the anti-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD. This type is popularly known as marijuana. Another type is high in CBD and low in THC. Variants of this type are called Hemp.
Myth : Hemp and Marijuana are the same.
Reality : NO!!! They are absolutely different. The history of federal drug laws clearly shows that the distinction between hemp and marijuana are understood and accepted across the globe. And in fact, Hemp is a legal agricultural crop in most countries.
You can also check out our Hemp Resource Hub for more differential information between the two.
Myth : Hemp seed oil has a source of THC
Reality : Hemp seed oil is an increasingly popular product, used for an expanding variety of purposes. The hemp seed is NOT intoxicating as it contains NO THC at all or a very low THC content that is less than 0.3% which has NO Psychoactive properties what so ever. No one can get high from using hemp seed oil or hemp seeds.
Myth : Hemp seed oil is unsafe and illegal
Reality : Hemp seed oil is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds. It’s a clear green oil, often unrefined, and can have a nutty flavor. The use of hemp seed oil is VERY SAFE for all and VERY MUCH LEGAL. The beauty industry also uses our hemp oil to infuse into their various skincare products and shampoos thanks to its powerful moisturizing properties.
Myth : Legalizing hemp while continuing the prohibition on marijuana would burden local police forces and the law.
Reality : In countries where hemp is grown as an agricultural crop, the police and the law have experienced no such burdens.
Myth : Legalizing hemp would send the wrong message to children.
Reality : It is the current refusal of the drug enforcement agencies to distinguish between an agricultural crop and a drug crop that is sending the wrong message to children.
Myth : Hemp is not economically viable, and should therefore be outlawed.
Reality : The market for hemp products is growing rapidly. But even if it were not, when has a crop ever been outlawed simply because government agencies thought it would be unprofitable to grow? Hemp (also known as Cannabis Sativa L.) has enormous potential to become a major natural resource that can benefit both the economy and the environment. No other natural resource offers the potential of hemp.
Myth : Hemp is bad for the environment
Reality : Hemp plant helps restore unhealthy soil and its soil fertility. Thanks to its botanical properties, hemp can actually leave soil better off than when it started by rejuvenating the dirt with nutrients and nitrogen. This helps clean up toxins, heavy metals and other pollutants from the ground through a process called phytoremediation. Hemp increases the microbial content of the soil. The stem and leaves of the hemp plant are rich in nutrients and after harvesting these nutrient dense-remnants can be returned to the soil, rejuvenating it for a richer yield the following year. Hemp breathes in 4 X of the resistant to pest and weeds.