Can hemp oil get you high?
Nowadays, you can get all sorts of misinformation as well as some great information when reading articles such as this one online. So if you’re asking, ‘Can hemp oil get you high?’ and I respond by saying it can’t and give you 1,000 words explaining exactly why not, how can you know if I’m to be believed?
You can kick off by checking out this published research paper. If you want to read the whole thing, it will cost you a bomb, but all you need to read is the title. In fact, the first few words will be enough to get the message across “Non-psychotropic plant cannabinoids…”. But how do you know I’m not pulling the wool over your eyes?
Read a little further. The abstract of this article provides a summary of what it’s all about, and you’ll see that it specifically mentions a substance known as cannabidiol. That’s CBD to you, and if you’re still in doubt because the abstract uses the long version of the term instead of the short one, you can just double check your facts anywhere you like. Wikipedia is a good start.
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Now that we’ve established that cannabidiol or CBD absolutely cannot make you high, you might be wondering what that has to do with hemp oil. Here’s how it works.
Most of the cannabis produced in the United States is marijuana, and although the plants look identical, there’s a huge difference between marijuana and hemp, namely the cannabinoids that are found within these plants. No self-respecting ‘head’ would even try to get high on hemp. That’s because it doesn’t contain the ‘vital’ ingredient a stoner is after: THC or tetrahydrocannabinol to give it its full and rather complicated name.
Marijuana is illegal in most parts of the United States, and the plant ingredient or cannabinoid that’s responsible for this is THC. THC makes you high.
For years, American farmers have contended that they should be allowed to grow hemp. It used to be an enormously important crop in the US and during the World Wars, farmers were actually encouraged to grow it as part of the war effort. The crop was used for its oil and its fiber and today, it is even a source of biodiesel that has the advantage of not driving food prices up because of food crops being used for biodiesel production – but that’s another story for another day.
Hemp’s status in the US
Can hemp oil get you high? Can hemp leaves, flowers or fibers get you high? No they can’t, but it was only in 2015 that laws were promulgated allowing farmers to produce hemp under strict government control. Before that, the importation of processed hemp products was already legal, but the actual production couldn’t take place in the US.
But prohibition didn’t stop those who were eager to use marijuana to get high from growing their crops in secret. And the ‘stronger’ it was, the more THC it contained and the more it received accolades from the stoner community.
Then another ironic thing happened. People started hearing of the health benefits of hemp and started looking for hemp oil. It just wasn’t available in the US, and the strains of plants grown contained oodles of THC and just about no CBD, the cannabinoid everyone who didn’t want to get high was after.
So marijuana growers rebranded. They claimed to be selling hemp oil, but you’d get high for sure if you used it. That’s the kind of thing that happens when unregulated industries spring up. So yes, you can buy oil that claims to be hemp oil, but isn’t, and it WILL make you high. You can’t tell just by looking.
Meanwhile in the EU…
People kept on growing hemp. And in certain countries, particularly in Scandinavia, it was found that the plants had an exceptionally high CBD content. Health supplement manufacturers were able to produce and certify their hemp oil so that consumers could be confident that they needn’t even ask “Will hemp oil get you high”. It wouldn’t and it couldn’t. Hemp oil is even produced with full GMP certification, proving that it is safe, healthy and definitely NOT psychoactive.
That’s just one of the reasons why you should get hemp oil from Endoca, a Denmark-based company with fully equipped laboratories in the Danish World Trade Center. Don’t get high. Get healthy. Get hemp.
Author: Andrea Durrheim