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What is hemp?

Hemp is the low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) variety of the cannabis sativa plant. Under federal law, industrial hemp must contain less than .3% delta-9-THC by dry weight. This percentage represents a trace amount of THC, which means industrial hemp products do not come with the “high” marijuana does.

Not a new kid on the block

Believe it or not, hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops in history. This robust plant has been utilized for paper, textiles, and cordage for thousands of years. In fact, Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a single piece of hemp fabric that dates back to approximately 8,000 BC.

What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial hemp and marijuana are the same plant. However, they have a drastically different genetic profile. Industrial hemp is always a strain of cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, or cannabis ruderalis. Marijuana has varying levels of CBD (generally low) and high levels of delta-9-THC while industrial hemp, on the other hand, naturally contains very high amounts of CBD and only a trace amount of delta-9-THC.

Will I fail a drug test if I use hemp products?

This is the golden question. The truth is it largely depends on the product and cannabinoid profile:

  • Since hemp in its rawest form (flower) contains trace amounts of THC (less than .3%), smoking hemp flower can produce a positive drug test result.
  • Full spectrum products, sometimes referred to as full or whole plant extract, undergo an extraction and filtration process without having any of the cannabinoids or other compounds removed; this too may produce a positive drug test result.
  • Our broad spectrum products and products containing CBD isolate have no THC and are safe to consume without fear of producing a positive test.

Our products have been 3rd-party lab tested for purity, potency and safety. If you are seeking to avoid THC altogether for work, probationary purposes or otherwise, we recommend products that have a broad spectrum or CBD Isolate cannabinoid profile.

References:

  1. National Center for Biotechnology Information. “PubChem Compound Summary for CID 2977, delta6-THC” PubChem, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/delta6-THC. Accessed 2 September, 2021.
  2. Blue Ridge Poison Center at University of Virginia Health. “Tox Talks (March 2021): A Bulletin for Healthcare Professionals Who Manage Poisoned Patients, https://med.virginia.edu/toxicology/wp-content/uploads/sites/268/2021/03/Mar21-Delta8THC.pdf. Accessed 2 September, 2021.
  3. National Center for Biotechnology Information. “PubChem Compound Summary for CID 638026, delta8-Tetrahydrocannabinol” PubChem, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/delta8-Tetrahydrocannabinol. Accessed 2 September, 2021.
  4. Erickson, Britt E. “Delta-8-THC craze concerns chemists.” Chemical Engineering News vol. 99, issue 31 (2021): https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/natural-products/Delta-8-THC-craze-concerns/99/i31

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