Five Cannabis Facts and Myths
Let’s review the top five cannabis facts and myths. Cannabis has managed to develop a cult-like following in the medical world lately. Surprisingly, the medical buzz with cannabis has been so much more than the recreational hype of the years past. More and more countries are moving to legalize the plant and its products for health purposes.
Hemp is a part of the cannabis plant family from which marijuana descends. Both plants have many medical benefits. Quite often though, hemp is confused with marijuana, giving rise to mistaken beliefs. To help shed some light on hemp, below are five common mistaken beliefs:
Hemp looks and smells like cannabis but doesn’t have high THC like cannabis does
Hemp and marijuana are the same
That’s a common misguided belief about these sister plants. True, they are from the same genus, but there is a whole world of differences between hemp and marijuana. For starters, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the intoxicating component in marijuana only exists in trace amounts in hemp. In cases where marijuana packs more than 40 % of THC, hemp would only contain 0.4% of THC.
On the other hand, CBD (Cannabidiol) which is a medicinal component in the cannabis plants is more available in hemp than in marijuana. Today there is hemp cultivated specially for CBD which is entirely different from hemp grown for industrial use.
Hemp products can give you a high
This myth is unfounded and so far from the truth. The surprising fact is that you can smoke a whole acre of hemp and fail to get high. Hemp products, as stated previously, only have trace amounts of THC, the compound that produces the “high” effect of marijuana. With hemp, your body will quickly absorb and process the minute traces of THC without having any psychoactive effects.
You can fail a drug test when using hemp
Hemp supplements and medical products have low amounts of THC, lower than what standard drug tests consider to be intoxication. You cannot fail a drug test because of hemp, because it is purely CBD. You can safely use hemp products even before a sports competition.
Additionally, many people believe that hemp products are only safe for adults. That’s not true. People of all ages can safely use hemp health products. Hemp CBD has been used to reduce the symptoms of epilepsy and many other conditions in children.
It is illegal to buy or possess hemp products
Hemp products are legal; however, dealing with raw hemp is illegal and industrial hemp growers usually need a permit to grow the plant. Nevertheless, you can safely buy health products and other things made from hemp without falling on the wrong side of the law.
Hemp plantations can be used to hide marijuana
That is a myth that breaks all the laws of agriculture. Marijuana and hemp farmers understand that the cross-pollination that will happen in that case can significantly reduce the quality of CBD in hemp or the purity of THC in marijuana. For that reason, these plants cannot be grown together.
Hemp has always been cast under the shadows of Marijuana’s limelight. This cannabis plant, however, has immense health benefits. The above myth-busting facts can give you a better understanding of hemp.