Hemp tea: does it make you high?

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Cannabis has been in the tight embrace of confusion for years and continues to generate serious bewilderment. Of course, there is plenty of research to help clear the smoke. But widespread misinformation makes it difficult for people to separate fact from fiction.

For example, for decades lawmakers believed that cannabis could get you high. And now, nearly five years after the legalization of cannabis, people still believe that cannabis produces psychoactive effects. One of the most common questions people ask is whether cannabis tea can get you high. And in this guide we lay out all the facts.

What is hemp?”

Before we get into the details, let’s define a few terms. The most important one, of course, is the term “hemp”. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is any part of the Cannabis sativa L. plant that contains 0.3% or less THC.

According to this definition, any part of the same plant that contains more than 0.3% THC would not qualify as hemp. This is because anything that exceeds the 0.3% THC threshold falls under the category of marijuana.

Yes, hemp and marijuana come from the same plant. But what makes them different is their THC content. According to well-established and verified research, THC – or tetrahydrocannabinol – is the primary and only psychoactive ingredient found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant.

This means that THC causes the mind-altering high for which marijuana is known and considered illegal. To put it in perspective, marijuana contains up to 40% THC – a far cry from the modest 0.3% in cannabis.

Can 0.3% THC get you high?

The reason legislators legalized cannabis is because they found that trace amounts of THC have no effect on human cognition and behavior. The set threshold of 0.3% THC cannot cause any psychoactive effects.

Here you can bet that if you use legal, authentic cannabis that meets legal standards, you will not experience any mind-altering effects, no matter how much you take in a single dose.

Can hemp tea get you high?

Some people tend to think that the unique preparation for hemp tea somehow increases the THC content and causes psychoactive effects. But this could not be further from the truth.

When hemp meets legal standards, no method of preparation or use can “increase” the THC content of the plant mass and cause intoxication. So you can enjoy as much cannabis tea as you want and you will not get any effects that alter your cognitive abilities. Many sellers who do not test their products sell cannabis that exceeds the 0.3% THC threshold. These high-THC samples slip through the cracks of the industry and into the hands of unsuspecting buyers.

So while in a perfect world hemp tea shouldn’t get you high, unregulated, irresponsible sellers who get their hemp products from questionable sources are putting the general public at risk for sub-par hemp.

Many vendors these days offer energy drinks, teas and other hemp beverages that contain a single dose of CBD and other well-known cannabinoids. And while they seem to enter the market without much fuss, in fact their existence is protected by a lot of red tape.

This is because, according to the FDA, CBD has not been evaluated for its safety as a food or drink or supplement. So technically beverage and food products containing hemp should not be legal.

But marketers are finding loopholes. For example, because the FDA requires pre-market approval to advertise CBD-infused foods and beverages as edible, sellers avoid making any statements that might suggest this. If you take the time to research your options, you’ll notice that no one mentions “eating or drinking their products.”

So how does this apply to the humble cannabis consumer making tea in the comfort of his home? Technically, it doesn’t. What you do in the privacy of your own space is none of the FDA’s business. They are more interested in marketers who promote and sell their CBD or hemp-containing products as food, drinks or supplements.

How to tell if your hemp exceeds THC standards

No one wants to accidentally consume marijuana thinking they’ve been using hemp all along. So if you’re wondering what you can do to make sure your last bite is the real thing, you might want to consider these tips:

Check Certificates of Analysis

You can’t go wrong with a CoA certified product. These lab reports tell you exactly how much THC is in a particular cannabis sample. Trusted, reputable sellers who practice the highest level of transparency provide CoA reports with all purchases and even post copies of the reports online.

Be careful though – some sellers post old, dated and irrelevant reports to make it look like the products have been tested. Be sure to check the lot number you bought to make sure it matches the number listed in the report.

Always do a test

Don’t buy a new sample without doing a test first. You can determine the THC levels in your chosen cannabis sample by taking small doses to start with. If you experience any intoxicating, mind-altering, high-inducing effects, stop taking it immediately and consult your seller.

The vast majority of sellers will gladly refund your money or replace a product that does not meet your expectations. Therefore, it would be helpful to buy your product from a cannabis brand that offers some kind of satisfaction guarantee.

Send it to a lab for testing

If you want to be doubly sure that you are using cannabis within legal THC limits, you can send a sample to an accredited testing lab. Some smart cats take advantage of free sample offers and send them to the lab of their choice, so they don’t even have to pay anything to get the first sample.

Cannabis sample tests range in price from $50 or more. Of course, this may seem like a pretty high price to pay. But by testing a sample of your chosen product, you can be sure that your vendor stands behind their quality assurance claims and that their product will not get you into undue trouble.

Hot Cup Time

There is a lot of uncertainty about cannabis, but that’s nothing that a little reading can’t solve. If you’re worried that your tea habit might get you in trouble, remember that real, verified, lab-tested hemp won’t contain enough THC to cause the effects you’re worried about.

The bottom line is that hemp tea won’t and can’t get you high. But that still depends on how well you manage to find hemp that does not exceed the THC limits set by the federal government.

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