HempMeds Hemp Products14.07.2014
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Our parent company developed unique hemp cultivars that are grown for their naturally elevated cannabidiol (CBD) content. Our special high-CBD hemp cultivars are sustainably grown and harvested in select microclimates on generational farms in hemp-friendly countries.
Once harvested, this hemp is carefully processed and undergoes high-tech processing and quality testing. The resulting standardized, premium quality CBD-rich hemp oil is infused into every product we represent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we grow our hemp on family farms?
Our commitment to the environment is one of the cornerstones of our mission to bring hemp-based CBD to the world. We believe in sustainable agriculture, and supporting small farmers who want to grow non-GMO crops without chemicals.
Is our hemp grown sustainably?
We wouldn't have it any other way. Hemp is naturally resistant to most pests. Our farmers grow our hemp in such a way that there is no need for herbicides or toxic fertilizers, and very little need for the water waste from the kind of irrigation you might see on factory farms.
Is our hemp organic?
Our hemp is non-GMO, and is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. Unfortunately, there isn't an organic certification process in place for hemp, but we are hopeful that within the next year there will be. Stay tuned!
How is hemp different than marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of Cannabis sativa L., 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.
When you grow "marijuana," male plants are culled and female plants are cultivated, since the THC content is most abundant in the buds or "female" part of the plant. "Marijuana" plants are typically grown far apart to avoid possible seeding (from male to female plants), which would lower the THC content in the buds.
Industrial hemp, on the other hand, is cultivated for its fiber, and has almost undetectable levels of THC and comparatively higher levels of CBD. This is partly because hemp is planted close together and therefore has an abundance of seeds (from regular male-female pollination) and grows tall, which is perfect for harvesting fiber from the stalks. 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. Industrial hemp 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, 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. This USDA-grown field was the product of the hard work of Christopher Boucher.
While permits to grow hemp are technically available from the US government, and certain states have passed laws allowing hemp to be grown as an agricultural commodity in those states, 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 oil and hemp-based products legal?
Because the government considers hemp distinct from marijuana. Hemp finished products (like hemp textiles and hemp oil) have been permitted as imports to the United States for many years.
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.
In July, 2013 the Congressional Research Service compiled an excellent report on industrial hemp called, "Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity."
What is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a prominent naturally-occurring cannabinoid component found in cannabis that comprises up to 40% of the plant. Cannabidiol is "a cannabinoid devoid of psychoactive effect." After THC (9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid. According to many researchers, CBD may be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of science's newest and most exciting discoveries. The ECS regulates relaxation, eating, sleeping, certain inflammation responses and even cognitive function. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body (CB1 and CB2), but they are most abundant in the brain and immune system respectively. In a nutshell, your ECS is responsible for making sure your entire body is working optimally - no small task!
Why would hemp (instead of marijuana) be grown for cannabidiol (CBD)?
Industrial hemp is already rich in CBD and naturally low in THC, whereas most marijuana is just the opposite (high THC, low CBD). Our industrial hemp is considered Cannabis sativa L., although we have developed our own unique cultivars of this particular type of industrial hemp.
Through a combination of these unique cultivars, advanced plant genetics, and cutting-edge growing techniques, an exceptionally high percentage of CBD can be produced naturally and consistently in the hemp plant. When CBD-rich hemp oil is produced from these hemp cultivars - which can be grown legally in dozens of countries and imported to the USA legally - it doesn't make legal or practical sense to obtain CBD-rich oil from marijuana.
Will CBD help me with my illness?
Due to federal regulations, we cannot make claims about whether or not CBD-rich hemp oil can help with specific ailments. We do, however, suggest that you conduct your own research.
Will CBD help me if I'm healthy?
Each individual is unique and has different wellness goals they are interested in addressing through the consumption and application of our products. Although some of our founders are medical professionals, we cannot make medical claims about the benefits of our products. The products sold from this website are considered nutritional supplements or personal care products, according to federal guidelines.
We encourage you to discuss CBD-rich hemp oil with your physician or healthcare practitioner if you have any specific health-related questions or concerns. There are also many independent, peer-reviewed studies about CBD available on the internet.
Are CBD and THC the same thing?
No, they are different compounds. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, but THC is the cannabinoid that gets you "high" or "stoned." CBD is not psychoactive like THC, meaning it won't get you "high."
Can I get high from CBD products?
Our CBD-rich hemp oil comes from carefully-cultivated hemp plants - not marijuana - which is why it is legal for us to import and use this CBD-rich oil. Our supplier spent years developing special cultivars of the hemp that produce naturally high levels of CBD and only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users the "high" feeling. For reference, most recreational cannabis plants have between 5% to over 20% THC.
Is your CBD synthetic?
No. Our CBD is a natural constituent of industrial hemp oil.
Can you make any claims about what CBD can do?
No. Our CBD is simply a natural constituent of industrial hemp oil.