Hemp : Myth vs Facts
MYTH : Industrial Hemp is same as Marijuana!
FACT : It isn’t. Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of the cannabis plant. Though they are members of the same family, they are not the same plant. Think of a lemon and an orange. Both fruits are from the same family (Citrus), but they are actually very different from one another. One is sour, whereas the other is sweet. They differ in appearance and genetics, and aren’t considered the same plant. This same idea goes for Hemp and Marijuana.
MYTH : Hemp can get you high!
FACT : The THC levels in industrial hemp are so low (THC <0.3%) that no one could get high from smoking. It is not enough to produce any psychoactive effects it unless an individual is extremely sensitive to THC. You may get a headache from the smoke though. Moreover, hemp contains a relatively high percentage of another cannabinoid, CBD, that actually blocks the marijuana high. Hemp, it turns out, is not only not marijuana; it could be called “antimarijuana.”
MYTH : THC Can Be Extracted From Hemp For Recreational Use!
FACT : Given the very low levels of THC as we’ve mentioned, it’s not worth the bother – plus specialized equipment needs to be used. There’s simply no economic attraction or case otherwise for extracting THC from industrial hemp. It would be a little like trying to extract opioids from poppy seeds.
MYTH : Hemp Foods or Products will Cause You to Fail a Drug Test!
FACT : While we aren’t doctors or lawyers, so we aren’t giving you medical or legal advice, the rumour that hemp can make you fail a drug test is not backed by strong facts. The small amounts of THC in hemp foods and products (ranging from 0.01% to 0.03%) are said to only rarely ever trigger a positive test result. The rare occurrence of a false positive would usually require consuming unusually large amounts of cannabinoid-rich hemp products (more than 1000 – 2000 mg daily).
MYTH : CBD Is An Addictive Drug!
FACT : While hemp is low in THC, it can be high in cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid being pursued for its therapeutic benefits.Cannabidiol has no intoxicating effects and therefore zero value for recreational use and abuse.There is no scientific literature whatsoever that even hints to the use of CBD potentially habit-forming or addictive.
MYTH : Marijuana Crops Are Hidden In Hemp Fields!
FACT : Any marijuana grower who attempts to cultivate it in a field of cannabis is in for a rude shock as cross-pollination between hemp and marijuana negatively impacts the THC level of the marijuana plants.Industrial hemp is also grown quite differently to hemp in that it is planted very close together (4-5 inches apart), whereas marijuana needs a fair bit of space in an outdoors situation (4 – 5 feet apart). Industrial hemp also grows tall and skinny whereas medical marijuana is more of a bush-like structure (see image above). Given the differences in growing practices, marijuana cultivated within a hemp field would be very easy to see from the air and you’d certainly be able to tell the difference if you stumbled upon it.
MYTH : Legalizing hemp would send the wrong message to children!
FACT : 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 : Omega 6s bad for you?
FACT : No! Omega-6 often gets a bad rep. Some omega-6s, like GLA, play a crucial role in overall health. A general rule of thumb is to avoid all highly processed fats.When it comes to our bodies we need a mix or balance of essential fatty acids. It’s best to consume foods that have naturally balanced omegas. Hemp has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 3:1. Plus, the omegas in hemp are unrefined, raw, and easily digestible.
Myth: Hemp seed oil is a source of THC!
FACT : Hemp seed oil is an increasingly popular product, used for an expanding variety of purposes. The washed hemp seed contains no THC at all. The tiny amounts of THC contained in industrial hemp are in the glands of the plant itself. Sometimes, in the manufacturing process, some THC- and CBD-containing resin sticks to the seed, resulting in traces of THC in the oil that is produced. The concentration of these cannabinoids in the oil is infinitesimal. No one can get high from using hemp seed oil.