Take a moment to read some of our most frequently asked questions at TBG Hemp.
WHAT IS HEMP?
Hemp is defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L., and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof, and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers thereof, whether growing or not, that has a total delta‐9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration that does not exceed 0.3 % on a dry-weight base.
HOW IS HEMP DIFFERENT THAN MARIJUANA?
Hemp and marijuana are the same plant species: Cannabis sativa. They are legally distinguished based on their total delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Total THC includes delta-9-THC and the precursor THCa, the psychoactive compounds associated with ‘getting high.’
Hemp is Cannabis sativa with a total THC content that does not exceed 0.3 percent by dry weight, while marijuana is Cannabis sativa with a total THC (THC + THCa) content greater than 0.3 percent by dry weight, while marijuana is Cannabis sativa with a total THC content greater than 0.3 percent. The 0.3 percent total THC threshold is defined by state and federal laws.
Hemp is used for fiber, seed, oil, non-THC cannabinoids, and various other derivatives. Some hemp varieties can be high in cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids. Hemp and marijuana may also be called Cannabis indica or Cannabis ruderalis, which are biologically-synonymous terms for Cannabis sativa. More accurately, indica and ruderalis denote subspecies.
IS HEMP LEGAL TO GROW IN THE UNITED STATES?
Yes! Thanks to the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act (Farm Bill) hemp is no longer a controlled substance. However, hemp will still be regulated and can only be grown with a permit. Each state will have to submit its program to USDA for approval or have passed legislation to remove hemp from the state-controlled substances act and allow for application through the USDA’s program.