Industrial Hemp: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Industrial Hemp: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What IS “Industrial Hemp”?

Read our FAQ's on industrial hemp to find out what it is and how it differs from other cannabis variants. 

What IS “Industrial Hemp”?

Industrial hemp is a variety of cannabis sativa that is genetically unique, and primarily grown as an agricultural crop. According to the 2014 US Farm Bill, “Industrial Hemp is a low-resin plant…. As a result, industrial hemp can be sold and imported in all 50 states.”

Another explanation for the term “industrial hemp” may have originally been implemented as a method to distance hemp from its cannabis cousins that have psychoactive effects.

What is it used for?

Historically, hemp has been used for making ship sails, covers, clothing, and paper. More conventionally, industrial hemp is used in body care, construction materials, biofuels, plastic composites and more (according to one source, more than 25,000 products can be made from hemp). At Elixinol, we use it to harvest our CBD Hemp Oil.

Isn’t Hemp the same as Marijuana?

No. Industrial hemp is a distinct breed of Cannabis sativa, and hemp has no value as a recreational drug.

Why is it used for CBD Production?

Elixinol uses specially bred industrial hemp plants, which have a higher level of CBD. The direct plant extracts are still low, so to obtain a higher concentration of CBD, we use a super critical CO2 extraction method that is more expensive, but is non-toxic and ensures a highly potent and pure extract.

Why is it illegal?

Industrial Hemp is often erroneously confused with cannabis plants that have psychoactive effects, and many policymakers are confused that by legalising hemp they are legalising a recreational drug, which is not true.


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