This is a collection of the most common Hemp FAQ. Each answer directs you to the relevant blog containing detailed information about the corresponding answer.
Hemp FAQ 1: What is industrial hemp?
Industrial hemp is a crop belonging to the cannabis sativa family. It is a small-seeded, dicot, dioecious, photoperiodic plant. That is to say, it is a broadleaf plant and not a grass. It is a species of Cannabis Sativa plant whose byproducts serve numerous industrial uses. We can refine it into a plethora of commercial items including textiles, paper, clothing, paint, insulation, biodegradable plastics, food, and animal feed.
IHemp FAQ 2: Is industrial hemp the same as marijuana?
No. Both industrial hemp and marijuana are varieties of the cannabis sativa plant. However, hemp is a variety that has low levels of THC and causes no psychoactive behaviour in the body. The prime use of marijuana is as a recreational drug but hemp has no such use.
Hemp FAQ 3: Does consuming hemp cause psychoactive behaviour?
No. The psychoactive behaviour in the human brain is caused by a cannabinoid called THC. It is present in a great amount in marijuana but industrial hemp contains optimally minimal amounts of THC. The consumption of hemp does not cause any excitant behaviour or psychoactive actions.
Hemp FAQ 4: Where does industrial hemp grow?
Typically, industrial hemp grows in the northern hemisphere. Some countries that actively grow it are Australia, Canada, Austria, China, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Finland, Egypt, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Korea, New Zealand, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Turkey.
Hemp FAQ 5: Does hemp production require pesticide use?
Typically, growing hemp is free of pesticides and any other chemical fertilizers. Industrial hemp is a crop that requires minimal to zero amount of chemicals. It grows naturally in organic conditions and is healthy in that sense.
Hemp FAQ 6: How is industrial hemp different from marijuana?
Industrial hemp and marijuana, though varieties of the same species of a plant, differ on multiple levels.
The prime cannabinoid present in hemp is CBD whereas that in marijuana is THC. This is the reason that marijuana causes extreme excitant behaviour in the body whereas hemp shows no such effects.
Both marijuana and hemp are broad-leafed plants. However, marijuana leaves are skinner than hemp leaves and have a tight bud. Marijuana grows in a fat bush whereas hemp grows skinnier and taller.
The cultivation environments for industrial hemp and marijuana are contrastingly different. Marijuana needs a carefully-controlled, warm, and humid atmosphere whereas hemp can grow in a relatively freer cultivation environment.
Marijuana and hemp plants are never grown together. This is because hemp pollen can considerably dilute the psych activity of marijuana.
Marijuana is primarily a recreational drug. Hemp, on the other hand, has multiple uses across various industries. Hemp is one of the first plants that made fibre and hemp fibre industry is a huge industry. Industrial uses of hemp include use in construction as building material, insulation, as biodegradable plastic, and paint etc. Hemp’s use as a food item is continuously increasing owing to its high nutritional value. Extracts of hemp oil are becoming a famous ingredient in beauty and skincare products.
Hemp FAQ 7: What are organic and non-organic hemp products?
Organic hemp products are naturally produced products with minimal chemical interference. Both conventional (non-organic) and organic hemp oil grow without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or other chemical fertilizers. Both these plants are non-GMO plants. However, non-organic hemp does use fertilizers at the beginning of its growth cycle.
To take an example of a product, CBD oil derived from organically grown hemp is rich in CBD. Organic hemp naturally contains high amounts of CBD. The same product derived from inorganic hemp tends to contain lesser amount of CBD and require more than usual amounts of plant to extract the same quantity.
Another difference is that of certification. Non-organic hemp, unlike organic hemp, does not undergo the same inspection and does not have to adhere to a long list of necessary guidelines to meet the certified organic standard.
Hemp FAQ 8: How can hemp be used for food?
Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. They naturally contain all the essential fatty acids and oils along with high number of proteins and essential minerals. Hemp seeds do not contain any THC and are thus a perfectly safe addition to a diet.
They are easy to digest and provide the body with all the essential nutrients. They can be eaten raw, blended into smoothies, or as oatmeal. Hemp seeds are the only seeds containing essential fatty acids with almost no saturated fat. As a diet supplement, they reduce the risk of heart disease among other health benefits.
Hemp FAQ 9: What are the benefits of hemp in comparison to other food crops?
The cultivation of the hemp plant requires little or no fertilizers and also naturally resists pest. It has deep roots which serve well for the soil. Hemp can grow on the same soil for as many as two decades without depleting it. The water requirement of the plant is also very less as compared to other conventional food crops.
Moreover, the hemp plant has natural healing and therapeutic benefits which make it a better food product.
Hemp FAQ 10: Why is hemp better than cotton?
There are many reasons why hemp should replace cotton. From the plantation point of view, hemp requires less water, area, and fertilizers than cotton and thus leaves a minimal eco-footprint. From the product point of view, hemp can produce a wide number of products than cotton which is softer, cheaper, and more durable.
Hemp FAQ 11: Does hemp food cause any allergies in the body?
The reported numbers of food allergies by people who consume hemp frequently have been rare but they do exist. Chemically, hemp is 100% organic and all-natural which makes it a great food with least or zero risks for the human body. But, since we cannot generalise genetics and biology to the core, hemp food can cause some mild allergic reactions in the body. These include irritation, swelling, puffiness of the eyes, skin rashes, running nose, sneezing, and conjunctivitis.
Hemp FAQ 12: How can we make cloth from hemp?
Hemp is one of the first plants to be spun into usable fibre. The stalk of the hemp plant has two parts—the bast and the hurd. The bast extracts hemp fibre which then weaves almost any kind of cloth. Fun Fact: The first pair of Levi’s jeans was made out of hemp.
Harvesting Hemp for Fibre
Hemp is grown closely spaced in a field until it sheds its leaves. The growers cut the plant and leave it on the field for the rain to wash it. During this time, the hurd of the stalks softens. (This is also the time when the plant returns the minerals to the soil). After the stalk softens, a machine separates the bast and the hurd. The bast then disintegrates into fibre.
Hemp FAQ 13: How can we make paper from Hemp?
Hemp paper can be extracted from both the bast and the hurd. The paper from the bast is hemp paper and that from the hurd is pulp paper.
Fibre paper was the first kind of paper whose first batch was made out of hemp in ancient China. It is thin, tough, brittle, and a little rough. It is stronger than pulp paper.
Pulp paper is not as strong as fibre paper but is softer, thicker, and preferred for everyday purpose.
The paper used today comes from chemical pulp. Hemp paper can be made without chemicals directly from the hemp hurd. This alternative presents an opportunity for humankind to create an affordable and eco-friendly paper that can be used for practically all needs.
Hemp FAQ 14: How can we make biofuel from hemp?
The plant is an excellent source of high-quality cellulosic biomass. The seeds of the hemp plant can be used to create viable and sustainable diesel fuel. The hemp seed oil can further be refined to make hemp biodiesel which can be used in any conventional diesel engine.
Hemp FAQ 15: Why is hemp better than petroleum?
Hemp is a biomass fuel which, as compared to petroleum, fossil fuel, is clean and potentially frees the environment from metals and sulphur. Also, creating biomass fuels does not cause an increase in the total amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Hemp FAQ 16: What is the difference between hemp and CBD?
CBD is a phytocannabinoid which is a component present in the hemp plant. Many of the healing and therapeutic benefits of hemp are because of this component. CBD exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidation, anti-psychotic properties which have stemmed a lot of scientific studies.
Each hemp extract naturally contains CBD. However, because of the potential of CBD, an entire industry dedicated to CBD-based products has risen. Today in the market we have CBD oils, tinctures, vapes, chewing gums, and other similar products that allow for different and convenient consumption of CBD for various health benefits.
Hemp FAQ 17: What is the difference between CBD from industrial hemp and marijuana?
CBD comes from both industrial hemp and cannabis. Both products see different regulations. The CBD from cannabis regulates as a cannabis product and only people with a commercial cannabis license can source, produce, and supply it. This CBD is not an approved food additive. Marijuana contains more percentage of THC than it does of CBD and is hence not a great addition to food items.
CBD derived from industrial hemp, on the other hand, is safer to use as a food additive, diet and beauty supplement, and as a medicine.
Hemp FAQ 18: Does hemp oil contain marijuana?
Typically, no. Marijuana in this question refers to THC (the psychoactive component). Hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC which reduces to an even lower percentage on the extraction of hemp oil. We primarily grow it to make clothing, paper, biofuels, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, bioplastics, biofuels, and foods containing less than 0.3% THC.
Hemp FAQ 19: Can using hemp oil result in a positive on a THC test?
This is highly unlikely. The THC content in hemp oil is essentially non-existent since hemp oil comes from the plant’s stalks and leaves. However, if you are using a product that contains even minimal level of THC, it can accumulate in the body over time and may show a positive. This is the reason it is always essential to research the hemp and CBD products you use.
Hemp FAQ 20: Is CBD oil the same as hemp oil?
No. The difference between hemp oil and CBD oil can be tricky but it is important to understand. The primary ingredient in hemp oil is hemp stalk oil and not purified CBD oil. Hemp oil does not contain any added CBD or CBD oil.
CBD oil, on the other hand, produces a product that contains optimal levels of CBD.
Hemp FAQ 21: Do I need a prescription to buy and use hemp oil?
No, purchase and use of hemp oil do not need any prescription. But we recommend that you consult with your health professional before using hemp oil or any other hemp-based product.
Hemp FAQ 22: How to consume hemp oil?
Hemp oil may or may not be mixed with food. There are no formal limitations as to how long to take it for. Here again, we advise consulting with your healthcare provider.
Hemp FAQ 23: Is hemp legal?
This is a question that has no definite answer. The legality of hemp varies from border to border. In some places, it is legal to produce and sell hemp or hemp-based products for industrial or health purposes. To use hemp as food, some put the restriction of THC content of less than 0.3%. There are different regulations across different regions, states, and countries. We recommend that you thoroughly understand them before buying and/or importing hemp or any hemp-based product.