Is Hemp Legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill Low-down.
Since the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20, 2018, which took hemp off the Controlled Substance Act, questions continue to surface about the legalities of hemp products. Many people are confused about exactly what that signing created.
As a result of being removed from the Controlled Substance Act, hemp is now classified as an agricultural commodity, NOT a controlled substance like marijuana.
This is a huge caveat because hemp is no longer considered federally illegal.
Remarkably, the 2018 Farm Bill redefined hemp to include the “extracts, cannabinoids and derivative.” Congress removed hemp products, including hemp-derived CBD from the purview of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), provided THC levels remain below 0.3%. This legislation now makes it legal for federally-regulated institutions, like banks, e-commerce sites, banks, merchants and advertisers to conduct business with hemp and hemp CBD businesses.
These changes are key because now state governments CANNOT impose restrictions on the sale and growth and interstate transport of hemp products.
Now that the DEA has no jurisdiction over hemp and hemp products, the legality question continues because the FDA still retains its authority to regulate adding CBD to food and topical products as a dietary supplement. Herein, lies the confusion about hemp’s legalities.
What is Industrial Hemp?
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that is grown for its non-psychoactive properties and industrial purposes.
Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary classifications—Indica and Sativa. While marijuana can be considered a member of either the Indica or Sativa families, Hemp is a member of the Cannabis Sativa family only.
Despite the fact, both hemp and marijuana come from the same species, they are genetically distinct and are distinguished by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods.
Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp is grown for industrial uses in manufacturing paper, textiles, plastics, construction supplies, food and fuel.
Despite the fact both marijuana and hemp contain CBD and THC, the two plants differ in appearance. Marijuana has broad leaves, dense buds, and a short bushy appearance. Hemp, rather, has skinny leaves, concentrated at the top of the plant, which grows taller and skinnier than marijuana.
When comparing hemp and marijuana the huge distinction is that hemp contains very low concentration of THC (0.3%) or less, while marijuana is abundant in THC with concentrations between 15%-40%. Both cannabinoids have shown to provide profound benefits to the human body; however, THC induces psychoactive effects that makes one high, while CBD does not contain psychoactive properties.
For this reason, hemp is grown primarily for industrial purposes, while marijuana is grown for recreational and medicinal purposes.
Because industrial hemp has so many uses, it has appeal to farmers, because it grows rapidly and can grow in harsh conditions. Hemp draws in CO2, prevents soil erosion and provided nutrients to the soil. It also requires less water than other crops. Now that the legality of hemp has been restored under the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers are discovering new opportunities to grow one of the most versatile and economically beneficial crops growing today.
Why Hemp Seasonings?
Just as we were first to create natural, salt-free seasonings, marketed under the Parsley Patch brand, we are first to create a line of seasoned and unseasoned hemp flower blends, marketed under Engage Hemp Health, because we love making your food tastier and healthier.
Typically, the fact that our bodies need phytonutrients to fight free radical damage, we rely on herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes a to get these daily doses of phytonutrients—until now.
Now the amazing hemp plant is showing great promise for human health, because there are over 400 phytonutrients found in hemp plants.
Hemp is virtual treasure trove of phytonutrients and phytocompounds, like chlorophyll, flavonoids, terpenes, and omega fatty acids including 3, 6, & 9 that help fight free radical damage.
Research surrounding hemp suggests the plethora of phytonutrients in hemp may interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) balance.
This link to the Endocannabinoid System is important. The ECS was not discovered by scientists until the mid-1990’s, but since then it has been determined that ECS plays an integral role in our overall well-being, by helping to regulate the communication between cells in our central nervous system and those throughout our body to maintain balance and well-being.
It is an exciting time to be discovering the amazing benefits of the hemp plant on human wellness.
And it is an exciting time to know that you can add the phytonutrient benefits of hemp by shaking Engage Hemp Health seasonings into anything you cook to turn empty calories into healthier antioxidant versions of themselves. To your health.
Cooking with Hemp Made Easy
2 Easy Ways—Seasoned or Unseasoned Hemp
You don’t have to buy anything extra to make your own delicious edibles. Our seasoned and unseasoned hemp mixes are all you need to create your own hemp infused foods.
2 ways to transform your food into your own entourage effect edibles.
1. Add Garlic-Mix, Popcorn-Mix, and Bake. . .ing-Mix to infuse seasoned flavor and hemp nutrients into everything you cook.
2. Or add unseasoned, pure hemp flower powder directly to smoothies and sauces for a powerful punch of phytonutrients.
Use Your Recipe or Try One of Ours
Now you can feed your endocannabinoid system with the phytonutrients and omega fatty acids found in hemp. Shake Engage Hemp Health Seasoning Mixes into everything you cook. Fortify favorites like pizza, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, stews, barbecued chicken, burgers and tacos to turn everyday foods into healthier, non-psychoactive versions of themselves.
Tasty Non-intoxicating Edibles
Now you can create your own sweet, non-psychoactive edibles. Want hemp fortified-brownies? How about cakes, cookies or anything your sweet tooth craves. Now you can make it healthier. No more empty calories. Enjoy healthy hemp nutrients and flavor made easy with Engage Hemp Health Bake. . .ing-Mix, Garlic-Mix, and Popcorn-Mix seasonings. For an unseasoned version, add 100% Whole Plant Goodness Flower Powder for a concentrated, non-intoxicating dose of phytonutrients.
Our Healthy Hemp Recipes
In a revolutionary patent-pending process, the healing effects of Hemp turns plain popcorn into a healthy hemp snack. Shake yourself to healthiness.
Garlic and herbs fuse with whole plant hemp flower powder, via patent-pending process, to enhance the healing effects of Hemp in everything you cook. Simply shake your own Hemp dosage for tasty hemp health.
Bake your own special memories like Mom did by adding one or two teaspoons of Bake-ing Mix to any recipe calling for cinnamon and nutmeg.
Hemp is preserved in a whole plant powder, via a patent-pending process, to provide a revolutionary, sanitized delivery system for adding Hemp product to everything. Now make your own edibles and pet treats to control hemp health.
Is Hemp Legal? YES, hemp is legal.
The recent signing of the 2018 Farm Bill into law removed hemp and its derivatives, including cannabidiol (CBD), from the Controlled Substance Act.
Hemp is obtained from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant and contains very low levels of the psychoactive chemical THC (less than 0.3%). The legalization of hemp is important to health, because hemp contains a plethora of essential omega fatty acids that support the endocannabinoid system with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support the immune and digestive systems. Many people are now incorporating cannabis into their health routine to gain the benefits of all of these important nutrients that are a natural part of cannabis.
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