What is hemp? First, what is hemp not? It is NOT marijuana. Hemp, also known as “industrial hemp,” is a plant of the Cannabis sativa L species – the same species from which marijuana comes. Hemp has been around for thousands of years, with examples of its use being traced back as early as 8,000 B.C. Hemp’s uses range from a food source, to textile products, to creams and supplements. Hempseed, for example, is high in protein and amino acids. Today, hemp CBD oil is growing in awareness and popularity for its medicinal benefits, including skincare treatment and as a health supplement. Fabrics are also woven from hemp fibers. The many uses for hemp may surprise you!

What is the difference between hemp, cannabis, weed, and marijuana? Cannabis is a plant genus with several species. The term cannabis can also refer to marijuana, the recreational drug. Marijuana has many names, including weed, kush, pot, and Mary Jane among others. Both hemp and marijuana are derived from cannabis plants. The primary differences occur in the genetic make-up and chemical compounds of the plants, and in how they’re grown. While marijuana plants tend to be shorter with wider leaves, hemp plants are grown on the taller side with narrower leaves. Marijuana plants are also cultivated for their flowers, which is where the psychoactive properties of marijuana are found. Thus, they will tend to have more flowers. Hemp, on the other hand, is grown for its strong and durable fibers. Another way in which marijuana and hemp differ is in their chemical compounds. Marijuana contains higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – the psychoactive chemical that allows one to “get high,” and lower amounts of cannabidiol, whereas hemp contains only trace amounts of THC and higher levels of cannabidiol.

What is cannabidiol and what are cannabidiol oils? Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid, one of 66 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are chemicals that occur naturally in the plants. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of three cannabinoids that is not known to have psychological effects, and therefore, cannot get a user high. THC, on the other hand, is a cannabinoid that interacts with brain receptors, causing psychological activity leading to a high. THC is the active chemical in marijuana. CBD comprises nearly 40% of cannabis extracts, and is the most abundant of cannabinoids. Studies have shown that CBD actually counteracts the effects of THC. CBD oils are used as health supplements in a variety of forms, such as skin creams and as tinctures. Medicinally, CBDs are used in pain management, anti-anxiety treatments, and for treating certain patients suffering from seizures. Researchers continue to study and discover new ailments to which CBD can be applied.

Is hemp oil the same thing as CBD oil? Hemp oil and CBD oil made from hemp are not the same. Hemp oil is derived from hemp seeds and contains less cannabidiol than CBD oil, which is extracted from the flowers, stalks and leaves of the hemp plant. Some sources suggest that CBD extracted from stalks and leaves do not contain nearly enough CBD to provide nutritional value. Cousin Vinny’s CBD products are extracted from the stalks and leaves of plants that are specially cultivated to ensure maximum nutrient content, so customers can be sure they are receiving the most health benefits CBD has to offer. Please review our Certificate of Analysis for more information.

What is the difference between hemp CBD and cannabis CBD? The main difference is in which chemical it contains more of, CBD or THC? Hemp CBD will contain only trace amounts of THC. Cannabis CBD will be higher in THC content. CBD from hemp, while not federally legal, can be found in health/supplement and organic shops across the country where it is legal within that state. These can be readily purchased without a prescription in those particular states. Cannabis CBD, on the other hand, is only legal in some states with a medical prescription and state issued ID. Make sure you are aware of your state’s laws pertaining to hemp-related and and/or cannabis-related products. Is it legal? While cultivation of industrial hemp is legal in the United States for research purposes only under the 2014 Farm Bill, the DEA considers all forms of CBD and hemp to be illegal with some exceptions. However, medical marijuana, CBD oils, and hemp each have different legal statuses depending on which state you are in. So, short answer – No, it’s not legal. BUT, if you are in a state where it is legal, make sure you understand the specifications and restrictions. In other words, DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

Is it safe? While the FDA has not approved CBDs and research is somewhat immature, there have been many promising stories and personal testimonies of the drug’s positive effects, including Cousin Vinny’s founder, Vinny. However, little research is available that examines the negative side effects. Keep in mind that CBDs are drugs, and like any medicine, it may be effective for some and less effective for others. We’re all different. Cousin Vinny’s encourages you to do your own research and make the decision that is best for you.

What do medical experts think? Because there is little research available, there are mixed feelings about CBD oils and products among the medical community. Not to mention the fact that each state has varying laws and regulations about the cultivation and production of hemp products. However, as more CBD success stories circulate the press and social media, a light has been shined upon this drug, and more research and experiments are occurring today. Cousin Vinny’s encourages you to do your own research and make the decision that is best for you.

Is hemp CBD legal? In all 50 U.S. states, hemp products are legal. Cousin Vinny’s is also legally able to sell our products to customers in all 50 states. However, we do encourage you to do research on the specific laws within your state, especially if you are uncertain.

Is it for me? CBDs are drugs, and like any medicine, it may be effective for some and less effective for others. We’re all different. Cousin Vinny’s encourages you to do your own research and make the decision that is best for you.

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