Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions about:

Hemp & CBD Use

Do CBD Products Contain THC?

Medicinal hemp and CBD products labeled “full spectrum” will contain trace amounts of THC as part of the plant’s full cannabinoid profile. Products labeled “broad spectrum” or “CBD isolate” are supposed to contain zero THC, as it’s been actively removed.

All retail-legal CBD products should contain low-enough concentrations of THC to pass most drug tests, but caution is advised in all cases.

Can I Drug Test Positive from CBD?

Using CBD alone will NOT cause you to test positive on a drug test. That said, there are a few cautions to consider:

  • Marijuana-derived CBD products may contain substantial amounts of THC in them. These are primarily only sold in special cannabis retail shops, in states where marijuana has been legalized. Conversely, Hemp CBD products come from plants that contain under 0.3% THC by U.S. law and can be purchased widely.
  • “Full Spectrum” Hemp CBD products usually contain trace amounts of THC, which can show up if in tests if consumed in high enough volume.
  • CBD products are not regulated by the FDA, and therefore mislabeling or cross-contamination of THC-laden and THC-free products can occur in facilities where these varieties mix. Our hemp-derived CBD products don’t contain any THC-dominant varieties, virtually eliminating this risk.

If you expect to be drug tested in the next 30 days and want to use CBD products, for the least risk we recommend broad spectrum products from a reputable producer.

Will CBD Get Me High?

CBD will not get you high like THC does and has even been shown to counteract THC’s intoxicated buzz, as it also creates a noticeably clear calm for most users.

THC is the only major cannabinoid known to create a psychoactive high, but the effects of different cannabinoids can vary widely, even by user and dose.

How do I Consume CBD?

The most common way to consume CBD is to ingest it, either directly in a tincture or in an edible commercial product such as gummies. CBD can also be rubbed in topically by way of creams, oils and salves.

Like THC, CBD can be inhaled by burning hemp flower or vaporizing its oil, but these methods (especially smoking) are less common for non-marijuana users.

Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs Isolate?

CBD products can often be labeled as “full spectrum“, “broad spectrum“, or “isolate“-based. While the difference in these is subtle, it’s also important:

Full spectrum products are made with extracted hemp oil (crude, distillate, or hash) containing all cannabinoids from the parent plant, including negligable amounts of THC, keeping in-line with federal regulation for hemp products.

Broad spectrum products are made with oils very similar to this, except the THC is actively removed prior for a product that is marketable as “THC-free”.

Isolates refer to cannabinoids being isolated and removed from their original extract oils, into a dry powdered form to be added as “pure” CBD/CBG/CBN/etc.

Frequently Asked Questions about:

Hemp Plant & Products

What is the difference between marijuana and hemp?

“Marijuana” and “Hemp” are two of the most common names attributed to Cannabis plants of either subspecies, Cannabis sativa L.-sativa or Cannabis sativa L.-indica.

To a pure novice, the terms Cannabis vs Hemp vs Marijuana may seem interchangeable, but enthusiasts know these labels have very distinct meanings and are applied for very distinct purposes.

In brief, “Cannabis” is the plant’s proper name and is used as the inclusive term referring to either hemp or marijuana or both.

Some enthusiasts shun the term “marijuana” for its racialized roots (more below) and insist the name “Cannabis” should replace it in all instances, but the ‘M-word’ (as some say) does indicate a specific category of Cannabis that is both consumable and mildly psychoactive.

Either cultivar, marijuana or hemp, can come from either aforementioned subspecies, possessing rather clear distinctions that are not based in taxonomy but rather in functional and physiological differences arising from countless generations of selective breeding. Cannabis’ long history of thriving in temperate climates alongside different groups of humans in vastly different cultures and regions has allowed this rich spectrum of diversity to flourish in both major subspecies of the plant.

Of these major cultivars, “hemp” refers to varieties that were continually bred for their stalk, seeds, or fibers, accentuating each of these attributes with each generation.

Conversely “marijuana” refers to cannabis historically selected for its resin-producing capabilities and therapeutic effect, each generation further accentuating these traits as well.

It should also be mentioned that other names like ganja and kush have been long-used in other parts of the world for what we most-often refer to as marijuana.

The name “marijuana” (“marihuana” in most 20th Century American propaganda and law) was first a slang term used by early-20th Century Mexican migrants for the ditch weed Cannabis that they would smoke to relax in their free time.

The term was later adopted  and made the American coloquial by Harry J. Anslinger and the Reefer Madness campaign for its foreign unfamiliarity in racialized attacks to criminalize the plant and its users. The proper name, “Cannabis,” was lightly prevalent in the zeitgeist already, but did not possess the shadow of public disdain that Anslinger’s ban would require.

While the differences between hemp and marijuana are genetically ambiguous, they are functionally distinct and legally unambiguous:

In the United States hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC by plant-weight, where above that it is classified as federally-controlled marijuana.

Is hemp a serious crop for farming?

 Short Answer:

YES.

Longer Answer:

From its climate hardiness to its broad categories of utility to its sheer volume of output, hemp is a crop we expect will continually grow in American production and and demand since being made legal in the 2018 Farm Bill.

According to the USDA, in 2014 less than 1,900 acres had been planted in four states. But thanks to an official Farm Bill pilot program launched that year, this area grew nearly 50x to over 90,000 acres in 22 states by the bill’s offical 2018 passage.

In the instant wake of the bill’s passage, this total planted area quintupled further to over 510,000 acres in 2019, far surpassing the plants’ former 146,000 acre high-point in the U.S., set in 1943 at the heat of the WWII effort.

Most hemp grown currently maximizes cannabidiol (CBD) output or that of other non-THC cannabinoids. While this market steadily grows in demand, explosive production growth and lack of mature distribution infrastructure did cause an early glut of over-supply which contracted planting by about 25% in 2020, to 375,000 acres.

We expect volatile up-down-up growth like this for the medicinal hemp supply in its first decade or two, while the market demand for it grows steadily.

And this all with barely any mention of hemp’s broad industrial applications

What is hemp used for?

To list a few uses:

  • rope
  • canvass (its name “Cannabis” comes from this)
  • textiles
  • resins
  • building composit materials
  • biofuels
  • soaps
  • lotion
  • paints
  • food products – milk, seeds, granolas, protein supplements, cooking oil, etc.
  • animal feed
  • animal bedding
  • paper
  • therapeutics

For many of these, hemp isn’t only a possible alternative, but is arguably superior to current materials used, at least along vectors of sustainability and durability, especially compared to petrol-based goods.

Hemp’s standout characteristics lending to this mega-versatility and sometimes-superiority include:

  • remarkably-long cellulose fiber strands
  • a complete essential amino acid profile very rarely found in plants
  • remarkable hardiness in hot, cool, wet, or semi-arid conditions
  • a fast growth cycle with high total plant mass output
  • the market-ability of every bit of plant matter produced

These characteristics ensure this list will stay long and only grow as we seek healthier, hardier, and more sustainable solutions as a society to our every day modes of consumption, in the coming years.

Is hemp an eco-friendly crop?

Hemp is widely considered to be an eco-friendly crop, though there are multiple ways to consider how a product or process might be “eco-friendly”:

Water Usage

Starting with our most important resource, an analysis by Slate recently reported that hemp grown for textiles consumes 50% less water per acre than cotton, and when processing is considered, only one-quarter of cotton’s total water is used. While this is only a single comparison, hemp is historically-known to thrive in semi-arid conditions, implying comparatively-light thirst for our planet’s most critical liquid compound.

Carbon Footprint

Unlike petrol goods which must be dug up and ultimately add their whole mass to our planet’s already-critically-massed carbon system, hemp products are part of a closed loop where CO2 molecules must be perpetually pulled from the air throughout the plants’ lifetime to literally become the plant’s carbon-based body structure.

If this carbon-based body structure is processed into a permanent object or building material, then net carbon has been removed from our atmospheric system. Any plant matter burnt as fuel simply returns CO2 whence it came, producing a carbon-neutral outcome in these instances.

Frequently Asked Questions about:

Made by a Farmer

Where does your product come from?

Our hemp is grown on our 200 acre Ann Arbor, MI farm and processed in our Ann Arbor facility.

Is your hemp organic?

In 2021 we are in the midst of a multi-year process toward becoming fully certified as USDA Organic.

Product return policy?

We stand behind the quality and safety of all of our products. If anything is received that is damaged or of suspect quality, please notify us via our contact portal.

We intend to handle these on an individualized basis, always aiming for maximum customer satisfaction.

Where can I find your product?

The easiest place to find our product is to shop here for it, online.

You can also find our products at the following Michigan establishments:

 

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