From marijuana to full-spectrum phytocannabinoid oil, it can be hard to know what the rules are
When it comes to the legality of marijuana and the products associated with it, there is still a lot of confusion.
This is mostly due to the laws that differ so widely around the U.S. Something that may be completely legal in one state could get you in severe trouble if you step over the border.
Making things even more complicated is the fact that the laws often differ concerning marijuana versus hemp.
What exactly is the difference between marijuana and hemp?
Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, marijuana and hemp are not the same, though they are both derived from the cannabis plant.
For one thing, they look very different. Marijuana plants grow outward and usually don’t exceed five feet in height. Hemp grows tall – as high as 20 feet – and the stalks grow close together.
They are also grown differently, with marijuana cultivated as a horticultural crop. Hemp, on the other hand, is thought of more as an agricultural crop.
Another big dissimilarity between the two is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol levels.
Marijuana has high levels of this psychoactive chemical, while those found in hemp are much smaller or non-existent.
Other oils vs. full-spectrum hemp oil
Now that it’s clear that marijuana and hemp aren’t the same thing, it’s time to take a closer look at their derivatives. Marijuana oil is often used pretty much for the same reason as any other form of the drug.
However, full-spectrum hemp oil – which is made from the stalks and seeds of the plant – is specifically utilized for medicinal purposes, though it still may have delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol depending whether the product is full-spectrum or isolate.
Are these oils legal?
Here’s where things start getting a little sticky. In some states, both marijuana and hemp are legal for use both recreationally and medicinally. These states are:
There are an additional 20 states in which it is legal to use marijuana and hemp for medicinal purposes only. These are:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- Guam and Puerto Rico also fall into this category
There are another 18 states that have specific guidelines regarding the use of marijuana and hemp:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
As for the last four – Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota – marijuana in all forms is still illegal. It should be noted, however, that full-spectrum hemp oil is legal in these states.
Why it’s important to stay informed
Because marijuana and hemp often get lumped together, many people assume that any sort of product containing hemp is a drug. This just isn’t true.
Hemp has been used for centuries in a number of applications, including for industrial and household items.
At Veritas Farms, we grow high-quality hemp that produces exceptional hemp oils. Our extraction process ensures that the compounds – including all the cannabinoids – remain intact, which results in the best results from our oils.