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cannabis-1401124-1280x960 copy  The USDA has this to say about the differences between “hemp” and “marijuana”. “Marijuana and industrial hemp are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa L. Marijuana typically contains 3 to 15 percent THC on a dry-weight basis, while industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent (Blade, 1998; Vantreese, 1998). Most developed countries that permit hemp cultivation require use of varieties with less than 0.3 percent THC. However, the two varieties are indistinguishable by appearance. DeMeijer et al. (1992), in a study of 97 Cannabis strains, concluded that short of chemical analysis of the THC content, there was no way to distinguish between marijuana and hemp varieties.”
     Does this statement confuse you? If not you are among the few and that is why we at HempCo wanted to distinguish the differences between Marijuana and Hemp. Here at HempCo all of our products are Hemp products and contain no marijuana at all. Both Hemp and Marijuana are classified as cannabis and are in the Cannabaceae botanical family. THC content, growing conditions and legal status are the three differences we will be covering.
     1. THC Content
As stated in the USDA’s statement, the amount of THC in the cannabis plant is the biggest and most important factor when differentiating between Hemp and Marijuana. Hemp is classified as cannabis that contains less than .3% THC dry weight and Marijuana contains all cannabis above .3% THC. Since the THC levels are so low in Hemp, users of Hemp-derived CBD receive the same benefits of Marijuana, but do not feel any of the psychoactive effects that one feels after partaking in Marijuana. Hemp CBD is actually anti-psychoactive and can counteract effects of THC, very useful in situations where more THC was consumed than user intended.

     2. Growing Conditions
Hemp and Marijuana are grown in very different conditions. To maximize one’s yield, Hemp is normally grown on a larger scale and outside, because there are often less restrictions. Marijuana cultivation, due to regulations and restrictions is normally grown inside and most often leave a large carbon footprint. Pesticide use is also a major difference in the cultivation of these two cannabis plants. Hemp contains its own compounds to protect itself from and does not require any added chemical pesticides. Recently there has been a lot of concerns in the public regarding Marijuana and pesticide residue. Luckily there has been an increase of regulation in this area of the industry, but pesticides are still very often used in present day Marijuana cultivation.

     3. Legal Status
         Legality is a very important differentiating factor between Hemp and Marijuana. Hemp is legal to import into the United States and ship from state-to-state. This is why we can ship our Hemp CBD products anywhere within the United States with no worries. There are currently some states, including our home Colorado, that can grow Hemp legally, but not every state unfortunately. When it comes to Marijuana, it is still considered federally illegal, but the legal status that effects consumers most differs from state to state, but overall you cannot travel over state lines with Marijuana products legally and you cannot ship Marijuana products in the United States.
        If you have any questions regarding the differences between our Hemp-Derived CBD products and Marijuana products email us at

Closer Look at CBD Skin Salve Ingredients

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree, often referred to by its botanical latin name, Melaleuca, is highly regarded as an antimicrobial and antiseptic essential oil. This steam distilled oil is an excellent choice for skincare with a broad spectrum of uses. Many use this oil for fungal infections, such as Candida or ringworm, as well as inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, cold sores, rashes, wounds, insect bites and sores.


Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a long and highly respected reputation in many cultures throughout the world, not only as a food, but also as an effective medicine. . It makes an ideal topical for the relief of dry, rough, and wrinkled skin. Coconut Oil can be used in its natural form without adulteration by harsh chemicals or pesticides and other additives.
Chamomile Essential Oil
 Historically throughout Europe, Chamomile Essential Oil distilled from the flowering heads, was used for skin regeneration. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, many use this aromatic oil for a variety of irritated skin conditions, such as eczema, acne and dermatitis.

Allow American Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp

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Please join us here at HempCo and the National Hemp Association to help pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act which will:

    • Enable American farmers to freely import seeds from outside the U.S. to grow millions of acres of American hemp without a need for pesticides or herbicides and using 1/3 the water needed for corn.​
    • Help America rebuild a multi-faceted industry which would generate tens of thousands of jobs for rural farmers and middle income businesses.
    • Eliminate the confusion between marijuana and hemp and clarify the myriad of beneficial uses of industrial hemp.
    • Clear up the conflicting legal status around the use and sale of products made from hemp extractions.
    • End the restrictions surrounding the transportation of seeds and live plants across state boundaries.
    • Remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Ac

Sign The Petition!

Closer Look at CBD Pain Salve Ingredients

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Boswellia Extract Powder

Boswellia Extract is taken from the bark of the Boswellia serrata tree and is also know as Indian Frankincense. Boswellia extract has several benefits, including pain relief and exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. It can provide relief for many conditions and has been shown to be effective in strengthening connective tissue and improving circulation to the joints.

Arnica Oil
Arnica oil is found to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful for treating or relieving muscle aches, spasms, pulled muscles, rheumatic pain, sprains, bruises, and swelling due to fractures. A 2007 study found that an arnica solution has a positive effect on muscle soreness after marathon running and can delay the onset of muscle soreness.


Full-Spectrum Extracts vs. CBD Isolates

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     Here at HempCo:CBDriven Nutraceuticals we believe our full spectrum, whole plant extracted CBD is superior to many of the isolates showing up in the market today. This article goes into detail of why we use whole plant extracted CBD in our CBD Salves!

September 9, 2015 by

     Cannabidiol (CBD) has been the focus of many medical cannabis studies, and continues to prove itself as a powerful anti-inflammatory drug. What makes CBD even more desirable for some patients is that it does not cause the psychoactive effects associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

An extremely interesting study (Overcoming the Bell-Shaped Dose-Response of Cannabidiol by using Cannabis Extract Enriched in Cannabidiol) was just published out of the Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem. The study examines the effectiveness of administering isolated cannabinoid extracts (a CBD-only formula) versus whole plant extracts (which contain the full range of the plant’s cannabinoid content).

     The Hadassah Medical School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem sought to compare the effectiveness of a completely purified CBD extract versus a full-spectrum extract of cannabis flowers containing large quantities of CBD. The conclusion of the study was that the whole plant extract, which contained a large percentage of CBD but also contained traces of the other cannabinoids, proved far more effective than CBD-only solutions in alleviating inflammation and pain sensation. The study demonstrated that a whole plant extract, containing the entire range of cannabinoids present in raw cannabis, will continue to provide relief for inflammation as the dose is increased. When supplied as an isolated cannabinoid extract, CBD on its own yielded a bell-curve of effectiveness, which is not desirable for medical treatments seeking effective relief that corresponds with the dosage.

Conclusion: Cannabinoid Synergy More Effective Against Swelling

Cannabis studies continue to legitimize the medical relevance of the different cannabinoids. However, this study shows the importance of treating ailments using the full range of cannabinoids available. Gallily, Yekhtim, and Hanus, the authors of this study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, conclude that cannabis extracts, specifically cannabidiol, can be more effective for anti-inflammation treatment than the familiar commercial drugs on pharmacy shelves.

This study is important because it confirms the importance of cannabis as both medication and a natural plant. Many pharmaceutical companies have been trying to create synthetic derivatives of the different cannabinoids, but it turns out that the entirety of the raw cannabis plant is more beneficial than a single isolated cannabinoid. The results of this study are extremely promising for the future of cannabis science and medicine.

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