There’s no denying the hype around hemp extract oil. Maybe you heard about it from a friend on a weekend trip or on your weekly trip to see the acupuncturist. If you’re considering trying hemp extract oil for the first time, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. What may start out as a falsehood can easily snowball into urban legend. Although life is much more fun with stories like, “The Vanishing Hitchhiker” around the campfire, when taking a powerful whole-plant cannabinoid dietary supplement like Charlotte’s Web™, truth is the only version you should know.
Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant: MYTH
This is probably the mac-daddy of hemp myths. First, wrap your brain around this – hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species Cannabis sativa, hence, the confusion. Over the centuries, growers recognised the many beneficial characteristics of cannabis and bred the plant to separate out certain traits. Hemp became an industrial mainstay while marijuana was propagated for its psychoactive properties.
Hemp Oil Gets You High: MYTH
Think about someone you’re related to that couldn’t be more different from you. That’s hemp and marijuana. Even though they share genes and certain chemical properties, the big distinction is that hemp is richer in the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), while marijuana is greater in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The CBD in hemp is most recognized for its wellness properties; it’s the THC in marijuana that gets you high.
Hemp Was Used To Clean The Soil in Chernobyl: TRUE! TRUE! TRUE!
This sounds like a crazy urban legend, but it couldn’t be more true. Hemp plants combined with new phytoremediation technology were used to clean contaminated soil in the area affected by the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The results have been so remarkable that Japanese scientists have considered using the method for Fukushima. Unfortunately, the difficulty in obtaining hemp licenses prohibits them from using this miraculous plant.
(*CONSUMER TIP: We think it’s important to mention that for the same reasons hemp is so amazing at cleaning the soil and pulling out heavy metals, consumers should make sure they’re buying quality hemp extract products that are responsibly grown with great agricultural care.)