What is Hemp?

Hemp is a truly unique, versatile plant with a plethora of diverse applications, including clothing, bioplastics, construction materials, biofuels, paper, nutritional products, body care products, medicine, fiber, insulation, animal food and bedding.Both hemp and marijuana plants are derived from the same species of plant, Cannabis Sativa L, or “cannabis,” as its commonly referred to.  The differentiating factor between hemp and marijuana, however, is the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, as defined on the state and federal level.

The 2014 Federal Farm Bill defines industrial hemp as “The plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”  Colorado has adopted an exact definition of hemp, in regards to its THC content.

Under Amendment 64, section 16 (d), to the Colorado Constitution, industrial hemp is defined as “a plant of the genus Cannabis and any part of that plant, whether growing or not, containing a Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.”

As a result of the low THC levels in hemp, as required by the Colorado Constitution there are no psychoactive effects associated with the use of hemp-derived oils.