Knowledge around the hemp, PCR, cannabis, etc. industry is not all that abundant so it is no wonder that 85% of people in the US still don’t know what it is or how it can be used. So let’s start with some general info on hemp and hemp oil.
Hemp vs Marijuana
First off, let’s clear up this discussion. People often confuse hemp, hemp oil, and PCR oil with being byproducts of marijuana. This is just not true. It is true that both plants come from the genus Cannabis so they are related, but they are not the same plant. That would be like saying that a Great Dane and a Yorkie are the same because they are both canines! Hemp grows to be very tall, about 8 feet, and thin whereas marijuana is short, fat, and produces the buds.
Aside from the physical difference, their chemical makeup is different as well. Marijuana is grown to be very high in THC, the active compound that causes psychoactive effects with the user, whereas Hemp contains very low traces of TCH but high concentrations of CBD which has been shown to work as an anti-THC, eliminating the psychoactive effects. Now that we’ve established that Hemp isn’t marijuana, let’s talk about the compounds that can be extracted from it.
Hemp, Hemp Oil, PCR Oil
Hemp has been around for ages and has a bunch of useful applications. It was first spun into a usable fiber over 10,000 years ago and, has since been used for everything from clothing to paper to rope and much more until it was deemed illegal by the government alongside marijuana. In recent years the movement to legalize pot has led to research that includes hemp and hemp oil and what was found is that there are quite a lot of benefits to this plant.
Most people are familiar with THC, but what they don’t know is that there are over 400 compounds that can be extracted from the hemp plant that are called cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. These compounds are able to be extracted and tested to see what they are and how we can use them. One of the more popular compounds to be studied is CBD and it stands for cannabidiol, we will discuss this in more detail later on. So why should you be interested in hemp oil and what is PCR?
Hemp oil is, obviously, oil that is derived from the hemp plant and contains essential fatty acids, Omega-3 ,and Omega-6 oils. The majority of the time it will have been cold pressed from the seeds to extract the oil for sale. You can find this in just about any pharmacy, big box store, or on Amazon. But, when you buy from these places that is all you are getting…Hemp oil. Just about the same as buying avocado oil or sunflower seed oil. The reason hemp oil is starting to come into the spotlight is because of the cannabinoid rich oils that are showing up on the market, often labeled as CBD or PCR oil. We discussed CBD earlier, but now I will explain PCR. PCR stands for phytocannabinoid rich. Phtyo meaning that it comes from a plant and cannabinoid rich referring to the other 400 plus compounds found within the hemp plant. PCR usually refers to an oil that contains a whole plant extract and has a has a profile with all of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes whereas something listed as CBD oil usually only has a concentration of the isolated CBD molecule and sometimes trace amounts of a few others. If you do your own research you will find that CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid and has the most claimed health benefits of all the cannabinoids. You will also read about how CBD alone isn’t enough and that your body needs PCR oil because, when all of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes work together in your body, you get the entourage effect and the bioavailability of the oil (the way it works within your body) is increased. You can find an abundance of data supporting both claims, my advice would be try both and see what works best for you.
IS IT LEGAL?
This is a tricky question as there is a lot of grey area surrounding PCR hemp oil. The first being that it does contain naturally occurring, trace amounts of THC. But, in order to be considered PCR hemp oil or CBD oil, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. This is easily proven by lab tests that should be readily available from whomever your purchasing your product.
The second point to consider is where are you getting it from? According to the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp can be grown and processed by certain states. But there is a caveat, yes it can be grown and processed in those states but afterward it cannot be transported across state lines. Though no one seems to be regulating this at the moment.
What about Kurapet’s products? Simple. Our hemp is sourced from the Netherlands and is imported under federal guidelines and regulations. What that means is that we are free to ship across state lines and be fully compliant with the government. The other reason that we are compliant is because our products have 0.0% THC. THC is the only compound that makes any part of this illegal and with it completely removed there are no questions about our legality.
Along those same lines, for our Veterinary products, we are working with a company that is operating under a pilot program with the US Government. They are licensed to grow, process, and sell throughout the entire US as long as the products are tested and show below 0.3% THC. So, again, we are fully compliant with all current regulation.
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