To be sold legally in the United States, hemp oil extracts produced in the USA need to come from “industrial hemp”.
“Cannabis” is a scientific term that describes a genus of plants. “Industrial hemp” is a legal term. It means that the cannabis plants being cultivated have less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Cannabis plants with more than 0.3% THC by dry weight are legally classified as “marijuana”.
It is federally unlawful to sell marijuana extracts. Marijuana extracts are scheduled drugs under the Controlled Substance Act.
Tree of Life Botanicals sells federally legal hemp oil extracts derived from lawfully cultivated industrial hemp.
But not all industrial hemp is alike. The kind best for hemp oil extracts is a short, leafy plant whose flowers and leaves are rich in cannabinoids, specifically cannabidiol. This is the phenotype cultivated by the Tree of Life companies, and is sometimes described as “medicinal hemp”.
The other kind of industrial hemp is the one to try to avoid: a tall, thin plant grown primarily for stalk fiber and seed. This type of hemp plant is often cultivated in other countries as a soil remediator, to draw metals and toxins out of the soil, and concentrate it in the stalks.
Hemp oil extracts from that type of hemp are by-products from the fiber and seed harvest, may not contain the full spectrum of other healthful cannabinoids, and may contain dangerous levels of metals and other toxins.
Adding single molecule CBD to hempseed oil does not replicate the full spectrum hemp oil extract produced from hemp flowers and leaves by Tree of Life Botanicals.