What is Hemp?

Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops on the planet dating back to at least 8000BC. It is one of the varieties of Cannabis Sativa L. The stalk is used for fabric, paper, building materials, rope and twine, animal bedding, mulch, or chemical absorbent, while the seeds are used for food products including granola and protein powders or just as a topping on salads, or a snack food, or made into a gluten free flour, or even a milk.

The seeds can also provide oils used in body products, fuel for engines, paint, varnish, or ink. Historically hemp was used for ships sails, military uniforms, and even the first model T was made of hemp parts and could be run on hemp biofuel. Industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, and it will not get someone “stoned”.

Is Hemp Legal?

Industrial hemp (less than 0.3% THC) is legal to grow in at least 27 states and the number is increasing as state legislatures take up bills allowing its propagation. Hemp was an essential crop in the United States and around the world for thousands of years. Many of our forefathers grew hemp, and up until 1937 it was fully legal. That was the year the Marijuana Tax Act was put in place, strictly regulating the cultivation and sale of all cannabis varieties. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified all forms of cannabis — including hemp — as a Schedule I drug, making it illegal to grow it in the United States.

The farm bill of 2014 made it legal for hemp to be grown for research  purposes with university partnerships and state approved licenses. CBD is derived from industrial hemp and is considered a dietary supplement and is legal in all 50 states. As a sidebar, hemp was briefly made legal during WWII, as they needed it for the war effort. The US Government even made a film called “Hemp for Victory “, to support the cause.

HERE is the official Federal Statement on the Principles of Industrial Hemp (a joint effort by the FDA, DEA and Dept. of Ag)

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol /kanəbəˈdīäl) CBD—is one of many unique compounds called cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Multiple scientific studies as well as first person testimonials have indicated an array of potential medical benefits from CBD.

How could CBD benefit me?

CBD research suggests that it can help a multitude of conditions including muscle or joint pain from arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain. People who have nervous system disorders from general anxiety to seizures, epilepsy, or Parkinson’s disease have reported reversal of symptoms. It also has shown itself to be effective against symptoms of depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, and other psychological disorders. Additionally there are studies showing CBD to be an effective treatment for some cancers. (These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program).

Will CBD get me “high”?  No. CBD is derived from industrial hemp, which by law must not exceed 0.3% THC which is the cannabinoid that has psychoactive properties.  

How do I take CBD and how much do I take to get any benefits? CBD comes in many forms including tinctures, oils, capsules, creams, food and drinks, and vape pens. There are varying amounts of CBD in products, ranging from about 10mg to about 200mg and each person must decide what dosage works best for them. We suggest starting with a low dosage and working up from there until it is effective.

Is CBD good for pets too? Research and first person accounts suggest that pets can benefit from the healing properties in CBD. It has been shown to be effective in calming anxiety and helping with muscle and joint issues. Just as with humans, all pets are different, and you should consult with your veterinarian before administering any nutritional supplement to your pet.

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