Can you get high on hemp oil?
The other day, I was reading reviews on one of those sites where you can be pretty sure there is a vested interest. You know the ones – they clearly favor one particular product and hire copywriters to do the rest. In fairness, they gave Endoca’s hemp oil a good review. What else could they do? It clearly is a superior product, but I was very sure that the ‘reviewer’ had never used the product. Why? Because he or she wrote about experiencing a sensation akin to a marijuana high, like that you can get high on hemp oil.
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Can hemp oil get you high? Absolutely not!
You don’t have to believe me. Just check out this article from the Huffington Post. Various states in America are already issuing permits to US farmers, allowing them to grow hemp, and federal government is considering a bill that will remove hemp from the list of banned substances. A little more digging uncovers the reasons:
Hemp is a versatile agricultural crop.
The US is currently one of the world’s largest importers of hemp.
Hemp contains extremely low levels of THC
Hemp cannot make you high!
The most confusing thing you have to deal with when asking “Can you get high on hemp oil?” are the botanical differences between hemp and marijuana. Simply put, there aren’t any!
The difference lies deeper than botany, in fact, it is a difference at molecular level. Hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to make you high, or even to show up on a drug test, but marijuana contains a lot of THC, makes you high and will show up on drug tests.
More than just an academic question
Because of the similarities between hemp and marijuana (same plant, different cannabinoid molecules) a lot of people who are actually talking about marijuana products will talk about “hemp”. Rick Simpson does it, but at least he clarifies by calling it “hemp / marijuana” and refers to THC content as being “high” (as you will be if you use a product with a lot of THC).
The problem comes in when people fail to clarify whether they are talking about real hemp or marijuana, but call the marijuana “hemp”. So you can buy a product that says it’s a hemp oil, but in truth, it is a marijuana oil. If this happens to you, you can be sure that you will know, because you become stoned.
If this has ever occurred, you might be disagreeing with my answer to the question “Can you get high on hemp oil?” but the fact of the matter is, you didn’t get hemp oil at all, even if that’s what it says on the packaging.
The US government knows hemp can’t get you high
They’ve known it for years. They even knew it when they banned its cultivation more than half a century ago. One can only assume that legislators thought it too problematic to ban strains of plants based on their molecular composition and so banned the entire genus Cannabis to be on the safe side.
This will change when and if the Industrial Hemp Farming Act is passed. It will amend the controlled substances Act to exclude hemp, making provision for licensing and inspections to ensure that farmers don’t take the amendment as carte blanche to grow marijuana.
Can you get high on hemp oil? It’s not even worth trying, because it is absolutely impossible! Don’t take my word for it though. Check out what the US government has to say!
Author: Andrea Durrheim