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Know Whether Hemp Oil Makes You High Or Not Before Buying It

The decision to buy hemp oil or not can be stressful for many. Many people all over the internet will recommend it due to its proven ability to treat two forms of childhood epilepsy. It is widely used in beauty products due to its apparent anti-aging and nourishing properties. It is used as food supplements due to the high concentration of essential fatty acids and vitamin E. It may also help in the brain development of the fetus. But there are many misconceptions about hemp products, the most common being their ability to intoxicate people. To clarify this myth here are some details:

Does Hemp Oil Intoxicate You?

No, it does not. It does not have enough psychoactive compounds called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause it. By law, cannabidiol (CBD) products can only have up to 0.3 percent THC. This amount is safe for consumption. In a larger dosage, you may feel some drowsiness and fatigue but no hallucinations. This is even more true for pure CBD products where CBD is extracted and filtered from other products, including THC.

In fact, it may reduce the effects of consuming marijuana if the oil contains some amount of CBD.

How Does CBD Reduce The Effects Of Marijuana?

Marijuana is rich in THC which is responsible for the psychoactive effects of smoking weed. It does so by activating the cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. When activated, they cause euphoria and intoxication.

CBD also reacts with this receptor but the effects are completely different. They block the CB1 receptors preventing it from sending signals to the brain that give the feeling of euphoria and make the consumer high. So, consuming this oil may reduce the effects of THC. Consuming it also increases the person’s alertness.

But Isn’t Hemp The Same As Marijuana?

No, hemp is different from marijuana. While they are both strains of Cannabis sativa but that’s where the similarities end. 

Marijuana is the plant used to make weed and other psychoactive drugs. It contains 20 percent or more THC responsible for effects like hallucinations, euphoria and increased appetite. It only contains 10 percent CBD. 

On the other hand, hemp oil comes the hemp plant which is used to manufacture paper, fabrics, biodegradable plastic, paint, food, insulation, etc. It was one of the first plants to be used to make fibers. It contains 20 percent CBD but does not have more than 0.3 percent THC.

If the name didn’t make it obvious, hemp oil is made from hemp plants with low amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD and not marijuana or any other strain that contains high amounts of THC. It’s made by pressing hemp seeds to extract a clear light green oil with a nutty flavor. The seeds themselves have no THC and trace amounts of CBD, so chances of addiction are nil.

Are Hemp Products Legal?

The answer is a bit complex. The Agriculture Improvement Act 2018 (Farm Bill) removed hemp and its derivatives from the Controlled Substances Act making their production legal. Meaning CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC can be produced from hemp. Certain regulations have to be followed in the manufacturing process and licenses are needed to grow the plant. But according to FDA’s statement, the Farm Bill leaves the right to approve products with CBD to the FDA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and Public Health Service Act’s section 351. So they can’t be sold as dietary supplements or shipped across the states without FDA’s approval.

But in the same statement, the FDA has stated that hemp products with no CBD or THC might not raise such alarms. It listed hulled hemp seed, hemp seed protein, and hemp seed oil under the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) category and allowed marketing them as human food without food additive approval under the condition that they comply with regulations and no medical claims are made.

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