There is a lot of excitement about hemp oil these days. There is also a lot of confusion. While many people have heard of hemp oil, they aren’t exactly sure what it does. Or whether or not it contains THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Will hemp oil make you “high”? If you use a hemp oil supplement are you breaking any laws? The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about hemp oil.

Q: Does Hemp Oil Contain Marijuana?

A: Typically, when someone asks if a hemp product “contains any marijuana,” what they really want to know is if it contains THC – tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Although hemp and marijuana are essentially different cultivars of the same plant – Cannabis sativa L – marijuana has been cultivated to concentrate high levels of THC (frequently as much as 18%), in the plant’s flowering tops, whereas hemp, which is primarily grown in Europe to make clothing, paper, biofuels, bioplastics, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, and foods, contains less than 0.3% THC.

Because Thorne’s Hemp Oil + is made from hemp – and not marijuana – and because the hemp oil comes from the plant’s stalk and seeds – and not the flowering tops – the THC content is essentially non-existent. In other words, you cannot get “high” from using Hemp Oil +.

Q: Using marijuana in my state is illegal. Can I still take Thorne’s Hemp Oil +?

A: Yes, Hemp Oil + can be legally purchased and legally used in all 50 states. This is because Hemp Oil + is not marijuana, nor does it contain any marijuana extracts. Rather, Hemp Oil + is a nutritional supplement that is made from industrial hemp that is grown, harvested, and processed in Europe.

Our hemp stalk extract is tested and verified – in Europe – to ensure that it has a THC content below the legally allowable limit to be imported into the United States (less than 0.3%), and that is has all the appropriate import documentation and certifications.

Q: If I use Hemp Oil + is there a risk I could test positive for THC on a drug test?

A: Because Hemp Oil + is made from European industrial hemp – and not marijuana grown in the United States – and because its oils come from the plant’s stalk and seeds – and not from the flowering tops – its THC content is essentially non-existent. Therefore, it is virtually impossible that anyone would test positive for THC from using Hemp Oil +.

Q: If I take this product, what can I expect to feel?

A: As with every nutritional supplement, each individual’s results will vary. But individuals who have already used Thorne’s Hemp Oil + report feeling more relaxed (less tense and less stressed out).* They also report an improvement in mood, overall contentment, and concentration, and moderation of nerve-related or GI-related physical discomfort.*

Q: I have heard of CBD Oil. Is Hemp Oil + the same thing?

A: No, Hemp Oil + is not the same thing as CBD oil. The primary ingredient in Hemp Oil + is hemp stalk oil, and not marijuana oil or purified CBD oil. And, although hemp stalk oil does contain naturally occurring CBD, it’s only one of nearly 80+ phytocannabinoids in hemp. And Hemp Oil + does not contain any added CBD or CBD oil.

Q: What are phytocannabinoids?

A: Phytocannabinoids are a class of plant-based, naturally-occurring chemical compounds that influence the system in the body called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is the body’s primary regulatory system. It’s like an internal balancing mechanism, constantly keeping a vast range of body functions in equilibrium.

The body produces its own chemicals called endocannabinoids that modulate biological processes throughout the entire body. As such, these endocannabinoids have wide-ranging effects on everything from fertility to pain. Phytocannabinoids are compounds found in nature that influence and support the ECS. They are the compounds responsible for the health benefits of Thorne’s Hemp Oil +.

Q: Why does Hemp Oil + contain other ingredients besides hemp, such as black pepper and clove?

A: All the ingredients in Hemp Oil + work synergistically to provide a more broad-spectrum effect than hemp oil alone. The black pepper and clove extracts in Hemp Oil + contain a phytocannabinoid called beta-caryophyllene (which is not found in a high concentration in hemp).

Research shows that beta-caryophyllene binds to specific cannabinoid receptors in the body called CB2 receptors. These CB2 receptors are involved in supporting healthy nervous system function and immune function, and they also promote calming and relaxation through their influence on inflammation regulation.*

The rosemary acts as a natural antioxidant preservative. It also supplies terpenoids, including camphene, pinene, and limonene, that support a healthy inflammatory response and promote relaxation.* Hops is a very close cousin of hemp and many of the compounds in hops are complementary to those in hemp. The hops in Hemp Oil + provides a source of the terpenoids humulon and lupulon that are synergistic with the phytocannabinoids in support of the ECS.*

Q: Do I need a prescription? Do I need to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery? Any other restrictions?

A: You do not need a prescription to buy and use Hemp Oil +. However, we recommend that you consult your health professional before using this product, just as you should with any nutritional supplement. This is especially true if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, are nursing, or if you are taking a prescription medication and are concerned about possible interactions.

None of the ingredients in Hemp Oil + are known to impair your ability to drive or operate equipment. However, if you have concerns about this you might wish to first try taking the product when you do not have to perform these activities to see how you personally respond. 

Hemp Oil + can be taken with or without food, and there are no formal limitations for how long to take it. Here again, we recommend that you consult your health-care practitioner regarding your personal use.