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Since 4,000 B.C., China has grown hemp, oil, and rice along the Wei and Yellow rivers. In Europe, hemp has been cultivated since 1,200 B.C. Meanwhile, farmers grew it on fertile lands near the deep, dusty deserts of Ethiopia in the 14th century. Needless to say, humans have been using hemp for a long time.
In essence, world history intersects with the hemp narrative. Hemp has been grown, nurtured, and cultivated for thousands of years. Today, hemp and its oils are used across the globe for a variety of medicinal purposes and as a supplemental aid for mood support.
But, what about America? The ever-changing legal landscape can make it difficult to decipher the legality of Hemp Oil. After all, Hemp Oil was bundled with marijuana as a Schedule I drug a mere 10 years ago. So, is Hemp Oil legal? Well, the answer is — it depends. To truly answer the question, we’ll have to talk about Hemp Oil, its origin, and its various forms in the marketplace.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Many people think that the question “What is Hemp Oil?” should have a straightforward answer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Technically, there are three products marketed under the banner of Hemp Oil:
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil
- Cannabinoid (CBD) Oil
All three of these oils come from the Cannabis Sativa plant — an incredibly unique plant genome. It’s essentially a flowering herbaceous plant from Asia. Like most plants, Cannabis Sativa contains a variety of unique chemicals that make up its genome. We call these chemicals cannabinoids or to be more specific, phytocannabinoids. The primary active cannabinoid in Cannabis Sativa is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, the plant also contains 113 other cannabinoids.
So, what’s the difference between the three types of oils? Essentially, each is made from different parts of the hemp plant. For example, Hemp Seed Oil is processed using only the seeds of the plant. Meanwhile, manufacturers isolate one cannabinoid — CBD — to make CBD oil. Finally, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is made using the entire hemp plant.
So, with Hemp Seed Oil, you’re getting several cannabinoids and nutrients from the hemp plant. Meanwhile, you get only one cannabinoid with CBD oil. In contrast to both, you get over a hundred cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, phytonutrients from Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. That’s why it’s sometimes known as The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules.
Are CBD and THC the Only Cannabinoids in Hemp?
When it comes to cannabinoids, most people know only two: THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana, while CBD is the non-psychoactive compound that’s readily available in most CBD products in stores. But, they aren’t the only two cannabinoids in the hemp plant. The plant contains well over 100 phytonutrients. And, each of them plays a unique role in our bodies and in the hemp plant itself.
CBDA, CBD, and CBN
- Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA): This particularly interesting cannabinoid doesn’t actually attach to any endocannabinoid receptors in your body. Instead, it plays a role in reducing COX-2 enzymes — which are produced by the endocannabinoid system and are thought to play a role in reducing physical discomfort.
- Cannabidiol (CBD): The “golden child” of hemp, CBD remains the most researched and widely known cannabinoid outside of THC. We consider CBD the “selling point” of cannabinoids. It’s easy to discuss, has plenty of research supporting its efficacy, and is almost a household name. At Synchronicity™, we love CBD, but we aren’t ignoring the other incredible cannabinoids, either. Remember, humans have known about the endocannabinoid system for approximately 40 years. We believe there’s a good reason hemp contains all of them.
- Cannabinol (CBN): We like to call CBN the “hidden hero” of hemp. It’s an incredible cannabinoid that has some amazing research supporting its efficacy.
CBG, CBC, and CBDV
- Cannabigerol (CBG): This is another cannabinoid with promising research extolling its benefits. According to the National Institutes of Health, CBG can provide strong nervous system support and may be a potential treatment against oxidative damage.
- Cannabichromene (CBC): On the singular level, CBC isn’t well understood. But, there’s plenty of research suggesting that it plays a role in The Entourage Effect. This means it interacts with other cannabinoids to provide a synergistic hemp experience.
- Cannabidivarin (CBDV): When CBD first gained widespread public interest, it was due to its ability to impact the lives of epilepsy patients. In fact, Epidiolex is an FDA-approved medication for epilepsy that contains CBD. But, it’s not the only cannabinoid that appears to have promising seizure-fighting capabilities. The same company behind Epidiolex — GW Pharmaceuticals — is also working on GWP42006 (CBDV — Cannabidivarin), an epilepsy medication that contains CBDV.
In essence, cannabinoids are unique chemicals that exist in the Cannabis Sativa plant. And, there are hundreds of them.
The Other Elements in Hemp
Cannabinoids aren’t the only beneficial chemicals in hemp. There are also phytonutrients (plant nutrients) like:
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Amino acids
Each of these phytonutrients plays a role in hemp’s genetic makeup. Flavonoids are plant metabolites that also exist in veggies, while terpenes are the chemicals that give hemp its particular smell. Hemp also contains riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), folate (B9), vitamin E, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, omega-3, and omega-6.
When all of these magical compounds combine, we get a True Entourage Effect™. In other words, all of these chemicals play a synergistic role in the body’s endocannabinoid system. That’s why, here at Synchronicity™, we only use GMO-free, whole-plant hemp to make our Hemp Oil through our nutrient-retaining LipidTrans™ Infusion process.
From hand-pressing each batch of our Hemp Oil to growing our own patented GMO-free hemp plant, we take our hemp seriously. And, for good reason: we don’t want to destroy any of the precious phytonutrients in it. They’re in hemp for a reason, and humans have been consuming them for thousands of years. At Synchronicity, we are committed to preserving the full goodness of the plant for you.
The Legal Status of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil
The legal status of cannabis has been an ever-evolving situation in the United States. Nixon’s War On Drugs resulted in the Controlled Substances Act, which listed marijuana (and Cannabis Sativa by extension) as a Schedule I drug. In the 1970s, no one really understood CBD. In fact, medical experts didn’t even know that the endocannabinoid system — a complex set of receptors, nerves, and enzymes in the human body — existed.
For years, CBD was intrinsically attached to THC. Hemp and marijuana were the same as far as the law was concerned. Between the 1970s and the present day, hemp research has come a long way.
The Endocannabinoid System: From Historical Oddity to Iconic Status
From Dr. Raphael Mechoulam’s epilepsy studies in 1980 to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system at St. Louis University Medical School in 1988, hemp’s storied history is well-substantiated. Today, researchers and scientists continue to be fascinated by the full-spectrum of cannabinoids in hemp and their potential in the field of medicine.
We won’t delve into an exhaustive exploration of hemp’s history at this time. But, we will say this: Hemp Oil is now 100% legal in almost every state. That’s right! As of 2018, the Farm Bill completely legalized hemp (and Hemp Oil by association). However, legislators can still make laws to render the sale of CBD illegal in their states. This discrepancy between federal and state laws has led to increasing confusion about the legality of hemp.
If you read about this topic on other websites, you may find statements like, “CBD is now legal in every state, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.” However, that’s not necessarily an accurate statement. We explain why below.
Is Hemp Oil Legal in My State?
Presently, Hemp Oil is legal in 48 U.S. states.
However, there are two states where Hemp Oil sits in a gray area:
- South Dakota
Here’s where things get tricky. In South Dakota, CBD oil is still in a state of legal limbo. In 2019, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg stressed that, despite the 2018 Farm Bill, “South Dakota law makes industrial hemp illegal and all forms of CBD oil illegal.” He based his observations on House Bill 1191 — which made cultivating hemp illegal in South Dakota.
However, in March 2020, South Dakota passed House Bill 1008, which appropriated funds for setting up a state industrial hemp program. Still, producers and CBD entrepreneurs held back from planting the crop. In August 2020, South Dakota submitted its industrial hemp plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for final approval. As of this writing, it looks like South Dakota hemp enthusiasts won’t get the chance to grow the green herb until 2021.
A similar challenge abounds in Idaho. According to Idaho law, CBD oil is only legal if it’s made from mature stalks of CBD plants. That sounds simple enough. However, the law also clarifies that the oil can’t contain any THC. Hemp, by nature, has a minuscule amount of THC (albeit less than 0.3%). So, there’s certainly some friction surrounding CBD oil in Idaho. By all indications, Idaho will have to enact legislation to address the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removes certain hemp-derived products with THC levels of 0.3% or less from a Schedule I designation.
Hemp Oil Versus Marijuana
In short, Hemp Oil is mostly legal in all 50 states across the United States. But, let’s talk about nuances. Marijuana isn’t legal in all 50 states. To be considered “hemp,” Cannabis Sativa plants have to contain under 0.3% THC. So, as long as the Cannabis Sativa strain has under 0.3% THC, it’s legal federally.
Hemp can also be grown for textiles, food, plastic, and paper. But, those strains are grown differently than hemp strains like our patented CBDRx18. That’s the magic of hemp. You can grow it in a million variations.
One of those ways is marijuana, which contains a hefty amount of THC. We won’t dive into the marijuana debate. It’s dominated the national conversation for years, and we’re sure you have your own opinions about THC. But, we will say this: hemp can change lives. Not only does hemp not induce a high, but it’s also an incredible crop that has important uses in healthcare and manufacturing.
The Future of Hemp Oil in America
Here are Synchronicity™, we have a custom strain of hemp made exclusively to maximize the benefits to your health. But, we also support all of our brothers and sisters growing industrial hemp for rope, textiles, and plastics. We believe that South Dakota and Idaho will address the hemp issue. And, within the next year, we fully expect explicit clarity on the legality of Hemp Oil in those states.
For now, Hemp Oil is legal to ship across the United States. And, Hemp Oil is legal to consume in 48 states. We know: the prevailing gray areas contribute to great uncertainty. But, in all honesty, the ambiguity surrounding hemp and marijuana isn’t new. That said, the benefits of hemp are too powerful to ignore at this point. Public opinion is slowly (but surely) beginning to change. After all, 33% of Americans have tried a CBD product over the last year. It’s more than just a trend; it’s a revolution.
Grab Your Bottle of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Today!
At Synchronicity™, we ship CBD oil across all 50 states. The Farm Bill has legalized the shipping of CBD to all 50 states, and we fully intend to bring the raw value of our GMO-free, whole-plant Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to you — regardless of which state you live in. Whether you’re looking for tinctures or capsules, we can help you find a Hemp Oil solution for you. We also carry a full line of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil topicals and skincare products to help you look great and feel great.
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Have any other questions about Hemp Oil? Check out our Hemp Oil FAQs. Are you interested in learning more about our values, missions, products, or quality assurance process? If so, contact us. We’re always happy to help you find answers to your most pressing questions.