Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ has developed unique hemp cultivars that are grown for their elevated cannabidiol (CBD) content. Their special high-CBD hemp cultivars are sustainably grown and harvested in select microclimates on generational farms in hemp-friendly countries.
Once harvested, the hemp is processed with care and tested for purity. The resulting standardized, premium quality, ultra-concentrated CBD-rich hemp oil is what makes RSHO™ the choice for high-CBD cannabis oil.
Our commitment to the environment is one of the cornerstones of our mission to bring hemp CBD to the world. We believe in sustainable agriculture, and supporting small, generational farmers who want to grow non-GMO crops like their ancestors did.
Our farmers grow our hemp in such a way that there is no need for herbicides or toxic fertilizers, and very little need for the water waste from the kind of irrigation you might see on factory farms. Hemp is naturally resistant to pests, and can be easily cultivated without pesticides. When it comes to large-scale agriculture that's actually beneficial for the environment, hemp fits the bill.
Is our hemp organic?
RSHO™ hemp is non-GMO and grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. There is no organic certification process in place for hemp, but we are hopeful that within the next year there will be.
How is hemp different than marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of Cannabis sativa L., a flowering herb indigenous to many parts of the world. "Marijuana" is cultivated for high levels of THC, which is concentrated mostly in the flowers and trichomes of the plant.
When you grow "marijuana," male plants are culled and female plants are cultivated, since the THC content is most abundant in the buds or female part of the plant. "Marijuana" plants are typically grown far apart to avoid possible seeding (from male to female plants), which would lower the THC content in the buds.
Industrial hemp, on the other hand, is cultivated for its fiber, seed and oil, and has almost undetectable levels of THC and comparatively higher levels of CBD. This is partly because hemp is planted close together and therefore has an abundance of seeds (from regular male-female pollination) and grows tall, which is perfect for harvesting fiber from the stalks. Hemp has been grown and cultivated worldwide for thousands of years for industrial and medical purposes, making useful items like rope, clothing, sails, paper, and thousands of other products. Again…hemp will not make you "high."
Can hemp be grown in the United States?
Not at the federal level. The industrial hemp plant—although it contains little, if any, THC—has fallen victim to its close resemblance to marijuana. Other than a brief period of time during World War II, hemp has not been grown in the US since the 1930s—with the exception of a USDA field grown in 1994 in Imperial Valley, California. This USDA-grown field was the product of the hard work of Chris Boucher, our VP of Product Development for US Hemp Oil.
While permits to grow hemp are technically available from the US government, and certain states have passed laws tentatively allowing hemp to be grown as an agricultural commodity, no permit to grow hemp has ever been issued by the DEA. The United States legally imports millions of dollars worth of hemp every year—with some estimates as high as $2 billion annually.
If you can't grow hemp in the USA, how are hemp and hemp-based products legal?
Because the FDA considers hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids (like CBD) to be food-based products, no legal restrictions on their importation, production and consumption exist in the United States and in most of the industrialized world.
Our country's Founding Fathers would likely be appalled to learn that the US government banned the cultivation of industrial hemp in America. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were all hemp farmers. It was even once mandated that hemp be grown, and one could even pay taxes with hemp.
Why would hemp (instead of marijuana) be grown for cannabidiol (CBD)?
Industrial hemp is already rich in CBD and naturally low in THC, whereas most marijuana is just the opposite (high THC, low CBD). Our industrial hemp is considered *Cannabis sativa* L., although we have developed our own unique cultivars of this particular type of industrial hemp.
Through a combination of these unique cultivars, advanced plant genetics, and cutting-edge growing techniques, an exceptionally high percentage of CBD can be produced naturally and consistently in the hemp plant. When CBD-rich hemp oil is produced from these hemp cultivars—which can be grown legally in dozens of countries and imported to the USA legally—it doesn’t make legal or practical sense to obtain CBD-rich oil from marijuana.
Will CBD help me with my illness?
Due to federal regulations, we cannot make claims about whether or not CBD-rich hemp oil can help with specific ailments. We do, however, suggest that you conduct your own research.