If you’ve read the Curaleaf Hemp blog before, you probably know a little more about hemp than the average person. For instance: you know that hemp is very much legal. You know that, yes indeed, you can smoke hemp safely, efficiently, and effectively. And, perhaps most important for the purposes of this blog post, you know that hemp and marijuana are very much different compounds, with different chemical makeups; and, therefore, with different effects on the mind and body.
What exactly do we mean by that? Well, marijuana contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp is legally allowed to have just a very small amount of THC. And therein lies the main difference between how the two make you feel: because THC is psychoactive, marijuana makes you feel “high,” while hemp does not. Let’s dive in a little deeper here.
Does hemp have THC? How much can it have?
While hemp (or CBD) and marijuana come from the same plant (Cannabis sativa), marijuana contains far more THC—usually somewhere between 12 and 30 percent, depending on the strain. How much of that actually makes it into your body depends on your method of administration—but that’s another story altogether. The real story here is that legal, commercially sold hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. That is a negligible amount of THC that the average person will not feel regardless of the dose. That means that legal hemp products—like the disposable vape pens, topicals, and tinctures we sell in our store—are mostly non-toxic (and because ours contain 100% hemp/CBD they are are 100% non-toxic), and have no ability to impair your physical or mental state of being.
So why take hemp or CBD?
The question that begs to be asked: if there are no psychoactive effects, then why use hemp at all? Well, hemp has dozens of practical and medicinal benefits, some of them currently more backed by scientific evidence than others, but nearly all of them gaining steam and widespread acceptance in the medical field.
First and foremost, hemp is a terrific solution for those suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, and/or depression. Hemp is natural, less addictive, less potentially dangerous, and has less side effects than pharmaceuticals that have traditionally been used to treat anxiety and depression, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Lexapro and Celexa, and benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium. A dose from one of our Relax disposable vape pens, for instance, which are 100% non-GMO, and contain absolutely no THC, can go a long way in easing stress and promoting relaxation. No prescription or trip to your primary care provider necessary.
In terms of chronic soreness, you really can’t beat using hemp or cbd cream for pain. Hemp cream or lotion is as quick and accessible a method of hemp administration as you’ll find; and it’s extremely effective in treating long-standing physical ailments like arthritis, chronic muscle or joint pain, old athletic injuries, and the like. Our 300mg cbd lotion comes replete with a lovely lemongrass scent, is packed into a compact, easily storeable container, and, when applied directly to the affected area, soothes pain and physical discomfort in minutes.
Hemp has also been proven time and again to be highly effective in treating neurodegenerative diseases, most notably epilepsy. Multiple studies have shown hemp to be effective in eliminating or quelling seizures; and the results of clinical trials have been so irrefutable that the FDA has sanctioned the use of hemp medications like Epidiolex to treat them. Hemp has also proven to be an effective combatant to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Take wellness into your own hands
Knowledge is power; but now that you’ve read up on the THC content of hemp, and understand that using hemp medicinally can provide you with all the benefits of medicinal cannabis without the toxicity, what’s next? If you’re still in the mood for self-education, don’t hesitate to check out any of the other pieces on the Curaleaf Hemp blog, where we write about all things hemp, all the time.
If, on the other hand, you’re ready to get in the game and start taking health and wellness into your own hands, check out our comprehensive collection of 100% hemp products today.