Hemp is in a classification of the sativa strain of the cannabis plant that has a very low THC compound level. THC is the psychoactive compound that produces the mental high experience. In the US, industrial hemp is defined as a plant having a level of THC of 0.3% or below.
The 2018 Farm bill defined industrial hemp and removed it from the controlled substance list making hemp with a THC level of 0.3% or less federally legal with further state regulated programs for cultivation and use.
No. Hemp will not make you high. The two main compounds that are often researched and written about in hemp is THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that creates the mental high experience. Hemp does not contain the THC compound in levels sufficient enough to make the user high. However it can contain high levels of the CBD compound which is credited for helping with various health ailments.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. The cannabidiol compound is said to help with a variety of health ailments. The most notable are anxiety, pain and sleep issues. The list of possible treatment continues to grow as more studies are done.
CBD comes in various forms to treat a variety of health ailments. They can be ingested orally in the form or edibles, inhaled as vape oils, bath bombs and applied topically as creams.
CBD products fall in the three categories defined as isolates, broad spectrum and full spectrum. Isolates are CBD products that contain no THC, broad spectrum are CBD products that contain CBD and terpenes and full spectrum are products that contain CBD, terpenes and a small amount of THC, but not enough to make a person experience a high. Some people report better health benefits from the full spectrum products.
CBD is not addictive and is a natural plant compound.
Generally most people experience zero to little side effects but some research has indicated the following side effects may occur during CBD use: Changes in appetite, mood changes, dizziness, drowsiness and dry mouth.
As with any treatment, a professional physician should be consulted before use to determine any possible drug interactions and the appropriate and effective dosage.