It’s fairly common for people who are unacquainted with cannabis to wonder: Is hemp weed? Although hemp and sativa are both classified biologically as cannabis, there are a number of important differences between them.
The legal definition of hemp is: a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight). This means it has none of the psychoactive effects attributed to its cannabis cousins: sativa and indica (commonly refered to as marijuana).
Both hemp (also called industrial hemp) and sativa come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods.
As a result of the long-term prohibition, most people have forgotten the industrial uses of the hemp plant and continue to misidentify hemp with its cannabis cousins.
Hemp isn’t completely absent of intoxicating compounds, but that doesn’t mean it will get you high. Hemp plants produce a broad range of cannabinoids, including THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the cannabinoid that makes users “feel high.” However, hemp produces less than 0.3% of THC which is not enough to have an intoxicating effect on you.
CBD, though psychoactive, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid and won’t produce any form of a euphoric high on its own.
A hair test is designed to catch chronic substance use. So if you’re using products with trace amounts of THC in it (0.3% is the standard amount if there’s any in it at all), and you’re not chugging it by the bottle, it probably won’t show up in a hair test. It’s worth noting that because CBD isn’t regulated, you should always check the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) of any products you use.
If you’re taking a urine or oral fluid test, the detection thresholds are even lower.
However, depending on the amount one consumes, how often one uses CBD products, and body composition—it is possible (but highly unlikely) that these trace amounts of THC could accumulate and then be detected in a drug test.
*You can find the COA for all products sold at United Hemp Products on the individual product page.
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