Staying Safe When Consuming Hemp
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as Hemp, is one of the most abundant chemical compounds in the hemp plant. While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, Hemp is considered non-psychoactive and is mainly consumed for purposes outside of recreational use. As it doesn’t produce any mind-altering effects normally associated with causing a high “feeling,” Hemp is regarded differently than THC and cannabis as a whole. Though, it depends on the state specifically, all throughout the U.S. Hemp products are being sold practically anywhere you can purchase everyday essentials.
With the popularity of Hemp in the form of oil combined with the somewhat unclear laws surrounding it, it’s important to make sure you’re being safe when purchasing and consuming. Understanding the laws in your state, where to purchase Hemp, and what product is best for you are all crucial to know before beginning your Hemp experience.
Hemp’s legality is debated daily. On a federal level, it’s legal to cultivate hemp for medical and research purposes under the Farm Bill. However, the plant cannot contain more than .3% THC or it is technically considered marijuana, which is federally illegal.
Due to the passing of the Farm Bill, though, individual states have created their own laws and regulations surrounding the sale and production of Hemp oil. Almost all of the states in the country, save three, allow the sale of Hemp products. Unfortunately, even in places where Hemp is technically legal, the repercussions for selling the products can be punishable by law if not strictly followed. That said, it’s incredibly important to be aware of the laws surrounding Hemp in your state specifically, as federal law does not hold precedence.
Be it your local health and wellness stores, smoke shop, or a gas station, buying Hemp oil is tricky, especially if you’re not in a state where cannabis is legal recreationally or medically. It mainly boils down to a few things: the source and quality. Products purchased from less than reputable sources more than likely have not undergone the strict and rigorous measures necessary to guarantee safety and quality. In fact, most Hemp oil products sold online or in non-licensed shops are mislabeled, and often contain more THC or less Hemp than they claim. Luckily, the cannabinoid is non-psychoactive so it won’t cause a ‘high”, nor does it possess overdose, withdrawal, or addiction potential. Given the confusing legality of the cannabinoid, It’s quite common for those who aren’t well-schooled to purchase impure or low-quality products that may not work the way it was advertised.
When it comes to buying Hemp oil, research is key. There are plenty of reputable Hemp brands out there, you just have to find them to help guarantee you’re buying only the highest-quality, legitimate Hemp oil products on the market. As the country works its way through properly regulating Hemp, It’s best to conduct your own research and also make yourself familiar with the current legality of the cannabinoid to ensure you stay on the ride side of the law.