Why does some CBD oil contain THC?

CBD oil labeled as full spectrum typically contains trace amounts of THC, but should be below the 0.3% THC threshold. These products do not go through additional refinement to remove all the THC.

Do hemp plants sometimes produce small amounts of THC? Or do they contain no THC all the time?

Yes hemp contains small amounts of THC, by legal definition hemp contains >0.3% THC by dry weight.

How do we know our CBD oil does not contain THC?

CBD oil made from CBD isolate can be THC free, look for products that say CBD isolate, not full spectrum.

How are hemp seed oil and CBD oil processed?

Hemp seed oil is obtained by using a cold press oil machine where CBD oil is obtained through solvent or CO2 extraction.

What is the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil?

Hemp seed oil is from the seeds of hemp plants where CBD oil is from the glandular trichomes that exist on the outside of green plant material

What are the seeds used for?

Hemp seeds are highly nutritious, and an excellent source of fiber, minerals, protein and the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acid (also called omega 3 and omega 6). These fatty acids are referred to as essential fatty acids, meaning that they are necessary for human health but our bodies cannot produce them, so we need to acquire them through food.

How is hemp made into fiber?

The fiber hemp plant is known for its tall stalk. At harvest, the hemp is cut down where it lies in the field to ret, which allows the stalk to begin breaking down. Both sides of a stalk must be exposed to the elements, so it needs to be turned in the fields.  The stalk is composed of two parts, the bast and the hurd. During retting, the hurd begins to break down, softening the stalk.  A machine called a decorticator strips the bast from the hurd. The bast part of the hemp plant is woven into fiber. The hurd is often used for insulation, animal bedding and the many other uses that do not require a long fiber length.

Is the hemp we use to make rope/insulation/lotions/food items the same type that we use to produce CBD oil?

Hemp can broadly be put into the three categories listed in the previous question. When you choose the type of hemp you want to grow, you will purchase seeds or clones bred for specific purposes and will typically follow different growing practices.

How is hemp used?

Hemp is grown for fiber, seed, or for cannabinoids and essential oils.

Is hemp a pest and disease free crop?

No! Hemp is a plant, and plants get eaten by pests and infected by diseases. We are still learning which pests and diseases are economically important, but we do know that this is not a pest or disease-free crop.

Is hemp easy to grow?

No! Like any crop, hemp requires not only farm equipment to plant the number of acres necessary to be sustainable, but hemp, like any crops, requires experience in the planning, planting, cultivation, production, pest management, harvesting and storage! Those with a background in agricultural production will find growing hemp easier than those with no background in farming.

Does hemp contain THC?

Not really. Hemp is grown for the production of oil, fiber, food, and for cannabinoids and essential oils and contains almost no THC. By law, it must contain less than 0.3%. By comparison, the average level of THC of marijuana purchased in Colorado contains more than 18%--60 times more THC than industrial hemp!

How is hemp different from marijuana?

Hemp was bred from Cannabis to create tall, sturdy plants for rope and fiber, and for hearty seeds for feed and oil. Marijuana was bred from Cannabis for its production of cannabinoids (CBDS), the best known of which is THC, that causes the famous marijuana ‘high’.

Are hemp and marijuana the same?

Yes, and no. Are Chihuahuas and Great Danes the same? They are both dogs, but most people will not confuse them. Cannabis is the Latin genus name for plants that include hemp and marijuana. Just as there are tremendous differences between Chihuahuas and Great Danes, there are great differences between hemp and marijuana. These differences are due in part to the efforts of breeders emphasizing different traits that they desire in either the Cannabis plant (or the dog).

Common Terms

Triple Crop

Hemp that will be grown and processed for grain, fiber, and cannabinoids.

Hemp FAQ

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