Hemp FAQ

Because the FDA considers hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids (like CBD) to be food-based products, no legal restrictions on their importation, production and consumption exist in the United States and in most of the industrialized world.
In July, 2013 the Congressional Research Service compiled an excellent report on industrial hemp called, “Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity.” Click here to read it [PDF].
CBD is extracted from imported Industrialized Hemp Plants

FAQ

HEMP FAQs

How is hemp different than marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of Cannabis sativa (or Cannabis indica or, less commonly, Cannabis ruderalis), a flowering herb indigenous to many parts of the world. “Marijuana” is cultivated for high levels of THC, which is concentrated mostly in the flowers and trichomes of the plant. Industrial hemp is cultivated for its fiber, and has almost undetectable levels of THC and comparatively higher levels of CBD. Hemp has been grown and cultivated worldwide for thousands of years for industrial and medical purposes, making useful items like rope, clothing, sails, paper, and thousands of other products. HempMed’s hemp is considered Cannabis sativa L. and will not make you “high.”

Can you grow hemp in the United States?

No. The industrial hemp plant—although it contains little, if any, THC—has fallen victim to its close resemblance to marijuana. Other than a brief period of time during World War II (see: Hemp for Victory), hemp has not been grown in the US since the 1930s—with the exception of a USDA field grown in 1994 in Imperial Valley, California.

Our country’s Founding Fathers would likely be appalled to learn that the US government banned the cultivation of industrial hemp in America. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were all hemp farmers. It was even once mandated that hemp be grown, and one could even pay taxes with hemp.

While permits to grow hemp are technically available from the US government, and certain states have passed laws tentatively allowing hemp to be grown as an agricultural commodity, no permit to grow hemp has ever been issued by the DEA. The United States legally imports millions of dollars worth of hemp every year—with some estimates as high as $2 billion annually.

If you can’t grow hemp in the USA, how are hemp and hemp-based products legal?

Because the FDA considers hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids (like CBD) to be food-based products, no legal restrictions on their importation, production and consumption exist in the United States and in most of the industrialized world.
In July, 2013 the Congressional Research Service compiled an excellent report on industrial hemp called, “Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity.” Click here to read it [PDF].