What is Hemp? Hemp is the NON-psychoactive plant grown for industrial and farming uses. It has been cultivated for thousands of years. It is a very versatile plant and has been historically used for rope, paper, medicine and many other purposes. The first American flag was made of hemp. It was a major crop for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence and the Gutenberg Bible was printed on hemp paper. In ancient India, a mixture of milk, spices and hemp was blended into a drink believed to aid digestion, but also helped with fever and dysentery. Some believed it made the body more alert, calling it the "nectar of the gods." Hemp oil was a natural part of the United States pharmacopeia and American doctors would regularly provide for it use. Hemp is used in farming to clean soil and water which aids in regenerative agriculture. But, after the 1930s, taxes made it too expensive for farmers to grow hemp and thus they turned away from harvesting the crop. As hemp became more difficult to find, cannabinoids disappeared from the food chain and Americans became deficient in cannabinoids. Most experts agree that the reason why cannabinoids appear to "cure" so many illnesses is because prior to prohibition they were part of the human food chain. Dairy cows ate feral hemp, which was rich in cannabinoids, CBD, and passed the CBD to humans through their milk. Pigs, chickens and other livestock were also fed hemp and the CBDs were in their meat and eggs. Beginning in 1937, the government eradicated all forms of feral and cultivated hemp, thus eliminating CBD from the human diet. For decades, confusion over the species of plant led federal law to not differentiate hemp from marijuana, all of which were effectively made illegal in 1937 under the Marijuana Tax Act and formally made illegal in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) — the latter banned cannabis of any kind. The era of hemp prohibition is over. Hemp is now permanently removed from the CSA. It is forever deemed an agricultural commodity, no longer mistaken as a controlled substance, like marijuana.
What is Hemp, CBD and THC? The cannabis plant family can be either the marijuana species where it contains high levels of THC and CBD or the hemp species with high levels of CBD and less than .3% THC. Cannabis plants contains over 100 different cannabinoids. The two most famous cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is the part of the plant that has the psychoactive effect. CBD does NOT have the psychoactive effects but does have many medicinal properties. Traditional fiber hemp contains approximately 2-3% CBD. Industrial hemp contains 10-24% CBD. Z-Blends does not handle any marijuana plants, only industrial hemp (which by law cannot contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight). The minute amount of THC in industrial hemp is removed in the refinement process.
Does Z-Blends Hemp contain any THC? NO. Z-Blends Hemp contains ZERO THC. The small amount of THC that is present in the oil extracted from the hemp plant is removed first. The refinement process removes any traces of THC and leaves behind the beneficial cannabinoids.
Where can I go to find out more about CBD? CBD has been all over the news for the past few years. Scientific research now shows the many health benefits of CBD. CBD results are real, and CBD does produce strong medicinal and therapeutic effects for even the most common conditions. If you are interested in learning more just Google "Endocannabinoid System Studies" How is hemp different from marijuana? Both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis plant, but they are vastly different. They may appear similar, but marijuana features broad leaves, dense buds and has a short appearance. Hemp features skinny leaves that are concentrated towards the top of the plant and grows taller and skinnier than marijuana. Hemp contains little to no THC concentration (0.3% or less), marijuana is rich in THC with concentrations between 15% to 40%. Hemp is grown for its industrial purposes, while marijuana is grown for recreational and medicinal purposes.