Hemp is essentially a non-drug variety of the cannabis plant.
While there are many different varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp or “industrial hemp”, refers to the non-psychoactive varieties of Cannabis sativa L, containing less than 1% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Both marijuana and hemp come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and are further contrasted by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods.
Companies are producing large amounts of industrial hemp, which often times requires the use of harsh chemicals in order to extract enough Cannabidiol (CBD). Cold pressing techniques are used for hemp seed oil, but they’re not adequate in producing CBD, which comes from the plant’s seeds and stalks.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the rise in CBD oil products on the market is the lack of quality control. There are no federal guidelines or standards to adhere to, which means that these products may contain impurities, heavy metals or pesticides without the consumer’s awareness, and without any accountability on the part of the company.
The best thing you can do is to educate yourself and do your research. There are some great sources on the internet.