What States Are Legal to Grow Hemp?


With hemp-derived compounds taking the wellness industry by storm lately, many consumers are seeking more definitive answers about the legality of the plant and its many compounds. Whether you realize it or not, you are probably familiar with several hemp compounds used in health supplements across the United States. Some of the most popular include:

  • CBD (cannabidiol, one of the most sought-after compounds in recent years)
  • CBG (cannabigerol, known as the mother of all cannabinoids)
  • Delta 8 THC (the non-psychoactive THC)
  • CBN (cannabinol, the relaxation-evoking compound starting to gain attention)

These are just a few of the dozens of unique compounds derived from hemp; these compounds are called cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Expert cultivators harvest the hemp plant when it has reached its prime, then precise extraction and purification processes are used to carefully strip the hemp plant’s leaves, flowers, and stalks of the beneficial compounds, meticulously preserving them. The final product is a phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract that is used in numerous wellness products on the market today.

Understanding the 2018 Farm Bill

There are many things to consider when you want to understand the law around hemp and its derivatives. First, we need to make one important distinction: hemp and marijuana are not the same plants. Hemp and marijuana are both in the cannabis plant family, but like any siblings, they have a lot in common, but they aren’t identical.

Marijuana is known for producing mind-altering side effects when inhaled or consumed. This is because of the high levels of THC (Delta 9 THC to be specific), which binds to receptors in the brain and causes a euphoric experience. Conversely, derivatives of hemp are not known to be psychoactive, especially those sold on the market today that comply with the Farm Bill.

The President signed the Farm Bill into federal law in 2018, which decisively made all derivatives of hemp with .3% THC or less completely legal in the United States. Because .3% THC is a small amount, the traces are incapable of causing psychoactive side effects, making CBD, CBG, and other hemp compounds increasingly attractive. This legislation gave consumers the freedom to purchase hemp products, use them on a daily basis, and even travel with them. When you purchase your supplements from a reputable retailer, you can feel confident that your products are clean, safe, and comply with federal law.

As hemp products continue to improve lives naturally, consumers are eager to find new ways to enjoy them, including considering growing the dynamic hemp plant themselves.


Growing Hemp – Is It Worth It?

Checking hemp grown in a farm.The idea of growing your own hemp may sound appealing. The versatile plant has numerous uses, and most importantly, it contains numerous powerful compounds. But is it actually worth the effort?

First things first: It is only legal to grow hemp in 46 of the 50 states. If you happen to live in Idaho, South Dakota, New Hampshire, or Mississippi, it is illegal to grow hemp within state borders.

Extracting CBD, CBG, and other compounds: If you are in one of the states where you can legally grow hemp and you decide to give it a try, the natural next step is to want to use the hemp you grow. Here’s where it gets tricky. Hemp experts use very expensive, scientifically-advanced extraction methods to remove the compounds from the plant; Trying to recreate the complex extraction techniques at home can be very dangerous, so the best way to use home-grown hemp is to infuse your olive oil with it. Be sure not to overheat it, because the beneficial compounds become compromised when they are exposed to extreme heat. Unfortunately, this method does not give you a potent final product, but it does allow you to enjoy hemp-infused oil safely.

Hemp and marijuana are not the same plants.


The Bottom Line: While it may be fun to try growing hemp in one of the 46 states where it is legal to do so, we recommend trusting the professionals when it comes to extracting the compounds to ensure that it is safe and that the beneficial compounds are not compromised.

The Hemp Doctor: Products You Can Count On

At The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, hemp is our passion. We are meticulous about every detail, starting from the instant the organic hemp seed is planted in organic U.S. soil. We ensure our hemp farmers are expert cultivators, fostering plants that contain the most potent and robust compounds possible. Then, to be sure that the integrity of the superior cannabinoids is not compromised, we use industry-leading extraction and purification methods to create a dense, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract.

Hemp oil in a bowl.Our products are so effective because each one is carefully designed with you and your wellness needs in mind. Everything we sell contains only pure, chemical-free ingredients without any unwanted GMOs or pesticides, and our products are also gluten-free and certified kosher! We utilize cutting-edge nanoemulsion technology to ensure that our products are highly absorbable and bioavailable, so a little goes a long way, and your investment in your wellness is maximized.

Most importantly, we deliver on our promises. We don’t just claim to have clean, potent products – we prove it. We use an independent third-party lab to thoroughly scrutinize all of our products, and we make that report easily accessible. This means that you can always see exactly what’s in the bottle and verify the accuracy of our labels.

Visit The Hemp Doctor Today!

If you want to experience some of the best, most effective hemp products in the U.S., get started by visiting The Hemp Doctor now! You can always shop online via our website, or if you happen to be local to North Carolina, stop into our shop in Mooresville to meet our staff and receive one-on-one recommendations. We always love meeting fellow hemp lovers, and we look forward to helping you live your best life with our premium hemp and CBD products! See you soon!