Frequently Asked Questions About Hemp and Hemp Products

by Dec 8, 2020Hemp & CBD Use, Products & Farming

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The more of our hemp we grow, the more about hemp we know!

Here are our best answers and further reading for your most pertinent questions about industrial hemp, cannabis hemp use, and commercial hemp products.


Questions About Medicinal Hemp and CBD Use

After being long scoffed at by most medical and scientific professionals, “medical” marijuana finally gained popular traction in the United States in the early 2000’s. California blazed this trail by legalizing medical use in 1996, and by 2010 nearly 20 states, containing more than half the U.S. population, had followed suit.

Since then, cannabis hemp has continually received deeper scientific interest and more widespread social acceptance.

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.

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 establishments 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.
    (All Made by a Farmer CBD products are derived from our Michigan-grown USDA-legal industrial hemp.)
  • “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 and THC-free products is more likely.

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 product 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 buzz effect. CBD does however create a noticeable calm in 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.

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.


Questions About Hemp Products and Industry

Hemp is frequently quoted for having 25,000 commercial uses. [1] Whether or not this number has any specific meaning or importance, its frequent mention across both congressional reports and enthusiast publications [2] is evidence that there is a lot of commercial potential in hemp.

Is Hemp a Serious Crop for Farmers?

Short answer: Yes. See above. More to come.

What Can Industrial Hemp Be Used For?

Remarkably, nearly every part of the plant can be commercially useful:

  • Hemp’s fibers are exceedingly strong and used in ropes, canvass, and textiles.
  • Hemp’s hurd, the hard outer-husk of the stalk, extremely high in cellulose and can be combined with lime and water to create hempcrete.
  • Hemp’s seeds are highly-nutritious and often used in protein powders and granolas.
  • Hemp’s leaves and flower produce complex resins underlying a multi-billion-dollar CBD industry.
  • Hemp’s fast growth rate allows it to be effective in carbon capture, soil remediation, and for producing biofuels.

Is Hemp an Eco-Friendly Crop?

Albeit a somewhat ambiguous distinction, hemp is considered “eco-friendly” by many enthusiasts for a number of reasons:

  • Hemp’s dense, fast-growing stalks allow it to produce twice as much usable textile fiber per acre as cotton. [3]
  • Hemp crops will require a third less water throughout a season than the same plot planted with cotton.
  • Hemp’s natural resilience to pests and disease allows it to be grown without environmentally-destructive herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides.
  • Hemp’s high organic production rate contributes to comparatively-greater atmospheric CO2 removal, soil remediation, or biofuel production than most other crops.

Questions About the Hemp Plant: History, Legality, & Biology

We’re only now a few years removed from a nearly-century-long pause on hemp production in the United States. There is so much about this magnificent plant for us to learn, re-learn, and un-forget from before its major bans in the 1930’s.

Short answer: Yes. More to come.

How Many Cannabinoids are There?

There are 113 identified cannabinoids as we’re launching in 2020. Of these 113, 19 include or relate to the five well-known activated cannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN.

The relationship between these cannabinoid precursors, acids, and activated compounds is interesting further reading also.


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