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Is Hemp Oil Legal? And Why Are So Many People Using It To Improve Their Health?

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months to a year, you’ve missed quite a bit. 

For starters, Kanye and Kim K. recently welcomed a fourth uniquely-named child to the West family, a little boy named Psalm. 

And in the world of sports, Tiger Woods is apparently “back” after winning his first major title in more than a decade at this year’s Masters. 

Oh yeah, and thanks to the recent passing of The 2018 Farm Bill and subsequent federal legalization of CBD derived from hemp, CBD and hemp-based products are everywhere. 

And I mean literally everywhere.

Like “you can even buy mascara with hemp-derived cannabis oil in it” everywhere. 

And while it’s pretty freakin’ awesome that government officials finally recognized the numerous benefits that hemp and cannabis-based products have to offer, this is a really big change.

And with really big change typically comes a good bit of confusion. 

One of the questions we hear asked most frequently is, “how does hemp oil differ from CBD oil?”

And, on top of that, “how do hemp oil and CBD oil differ from THC oil?” 

If you’ve found yourself asking these exact same questions and are feeling a bit confused, you’re definitely not alone. 

Lucky for you, we’re here to answer all of these questions and more in this all-encompassing “everything you could ever need to know” guide to hemp oil. 

If you just can’t get enough of us (🤗) and want to learn more about hemp and hemp-based products, be sure to check out (and bookmark) Hemple’s Hemp Academy blog for additional informative but super easy to understand guides just like this one. 

Let’s do it. 

Common Question: Is Hemp Oil Legal?

We’ll begin by addressing the most common question: Is hemp oil even legal? 

The answer: Hemp yeah, it is. 

But it hasn’t always been that way.

In fact, before the December 2018 passing of the previously-mentioned 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was actually illegal in the United States for decades. 

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves… 

First, let me tell you the history of hemp in a nutshell (or should we say “in a hemp seed” 🤓): 

Back in the 1970s, President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” and banned all cannabis species under the Controlled Substances Act. 

This ban (unfairly, if you ask us) included hemp, despite the fact that hemp is entirely different from marijuana. 

And how exactly are they different?

Well, the marijuana plant, as you likely already know, is mainly used for medicinal and recreational purposes. Read: people use it to get high.

This is because marijuana contains high amounts of THC (between 5% and 35%), and THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the “head high” associated with marijuana use. 

Hemp, on the other hand, is NOT psychoactive as it contains only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). Read: not anywhere near the amount needed to get you high.

Hemp does, however, have a lot of other uses, including but not limited to dietary supplements, skin care products, apparel and more. (Much more on everything hemp can do for you in a later section.) 

It’s kind of like how carrots and celery are both classified as vegetables but are two separate foods. Hemp and marijuana are both classified as cannabis but are two separate plants.

Make sense?

So, after years and years of hemp being wrongly grouped with marijuana and classified as a Schedule 1 Drug (🙄), things finally changed late last year when the U.S. Senate wised up and introduced The 2018 Farm Bill, which took away the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) authority over hemp and instead made it an agricultural commodity. 

Once officially signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018, this bill officially gave hemp and hemp-derived products like CBD oil federally legal status in the United States. 

Therefore, as of this writing, hemp is legal in all 50 U.S. states. 

Which (shameless plug) is pretty neat for Hemple customers because we ship fast and FREE to all 50 states on all orders over $50. 

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State-by-State Legality of Hemp (as of June 2019)

Now reading this headline ^^ you’re probably thinking “um… didn’t you literally just tell me that hemp is legal in all 50 states?”

Well yes, but there are a few loopholes and nuances regarding the legality of various hemp-derived products (… looking at you, CBD oil… 👀) that are important to discuss. 

One common misconception about The 2018 Farm Bill is that it legalized CBD.

“But didn’t you LITERALLY just tell me that The 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp products like CBD oil in the United States?” – you, probably. 

Sure did, but here’s the kicker… Not all CBD oils come from hemp. 

I’ll explain. 

There are two main sources of CBD:

  1. There’s CBD derived from hemp.
  2. And CBD derived from marijuana. 

If you remember just one thing from this article, let it be this: CBD derived from hemp is legal in all 50 states as long as it contains less than 0.3% of THC.

And what about CBD derived from marijuana?

As of July 2019, there are 10 states where cannabis (this includes marijuana and hemp) is legal for both recreational and medicinal use

These states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. 

Side note: Illinois recently became the 11th state to pass legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. However, the law doesn’t officially go into effect until Jan. 1, 2020, so until then, Illinois is not included in this list.

If you live in one of these 10 states then great news for you: CBD oil is legal for medicinal and recreational use whether its derived from hemp or marijuana 👏 .  

If you don’t live in one of those 10 states, odds are you live in one of the 37 others where marijuana or at least CBD derived from marijuana is legal for medicinal use only. (For some states, only CBD derived from marijuana is legal for the time being).

Those states are: 

  1. Alabama (CBD only)
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas 
  4. Connecticut
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia (CBD only)
  8. Hawaii
  9. Illinois
  10. Indiana (CBD only)
  11. Iowa (CBD only)
  12. Kansas (CBD only)
  13. Kentucky (CBD only)
  14. Louisiana
  15. Maryland
  16. Minnesota
  17. Mississippi (CBD only)
  18. Missouri
  19. Montana
  20. New Hampshire
  21. New Jersey
  22. New Mexico
  23. New York
  24. North Carolina (CBD only)
  25. North Dakota
  26. Ohio
  27. Oklahoma (CBD only)
  28. Pennsylvania
  29. Rhode Island
  30. South Carolina (CBD only)
  31. Tennessee (CBD only)
  32. Texas (CBD only)
  33. Utah
  34. Virginia (CBD only)
  35. West Virginia
  36. Wisconsin (CBD only)
  37. Wyoming (CBD only)

There are only three states where CBD derived from marijuana is entirely illegal: Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota. 

The very best way to be sure you’re enjoying the benefits of CBD oil legally? Check the source of your CBD product before you buy.  

Or just do what we do and order from Hemple

Because all of our Hemple products are derived from hemp (not marijuana) and contain less than 0.3% THC, they’re 100% legal in all 50 states. 

No question. No confusion. No problems. 

Why Are People Taking It? What Are the Benefits?

Now that we’ve discussed the legality of hemp and hemp-derived products (reminder: all 50 states, baby), let’s talk about the benefits and why people are taking it. 

Side note: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention somewhere in this article that, in addition to its numerous health benefits, hemp is also harvested for a variety of industrial purposes and is commonly used in products you encounter every single day like clothing (example: the poncho-esque article of clothing so-loving dubbed a “drug rug” … just Google it), carpet, insulation, paper, etc., etc., ETC.

But the part of the plant that offers a wide range of benefits and the subject of this next section is the seeds (!!!). 

Hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts) are said to have a mild nutty flavor, are extremely nutritious, and can be incorporated into your diet in a number of different ways. 

How so? 

Well, for starters, they can be eaten raw, ground up into a protein powder and (we may be biased but our personal favorite) cold-pressed into oil. 

Psst… Click here to take a sneak peek at Hemple’s very own cold-pressed hemp seed oil.  

So, what are the benefits of hemp oil and why should you be using it? 

Let me tell ya … A few of the top benefits of hemp oil include:


  • Support skin health: Want perfect, glowing, #nofilter-worthy skin? Hemp seed oil is for you. Not only is it super hydrating (bye bye, wrinkles) and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t contribute to breakouts), a 2014 study found that hemp seed oil can actually support skin health, which suggests that it has the potential to be an effective natural remedy for a number of skin issues.


  • Support hair health: Want thick, voluptuous hair? Again, hemp seed oil. Why? Hemp seed oil is chock-full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. And, according to a 2015 study, participants who took omega-3 and omega-6 oral supplements over the course of six months saw improvement in hair diameter and density. Additionally, when it’s applied topically, it can also help to protect hair from breakage. You’ll be looking like Sofia Vergara in no time.


  • Support healthy levels of inflammation: Internal inflammation caused by our modern day lifestyles can contribute to a variety of serious health issues, including heart disease, depression and dementia.  (Yikes! 😬) Want to know an effective way to combat inflammation? Bet you can guess what I’m about to say… Yep. Hemp seed oil! Hemp seed oil possesses nature’s ideal 3:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio, which has been proven to support healthy levels of inflammation and support gut health. 


In addition to its essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil also contains a TON (and that’s not an exaggeration) of other important nutrients and healthy antioxidants that help to support your body’s overall health. 

It truly lives up to its status as a “superfood.”

For a daily dose of hemp-spiration (#hempspo anybody?), follow Hemple on Instagram to learn fun, new and unique ways to use your Hemple hemp oil. 

CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil

Now that you know the basics of hemp oil and its benefits, you’re probably wondering “how is this all that different from CBD oil?”

Remember way back earlier in this article when we discussed how CBD oil can be extracted from both the marijuana plant and the hemp plant? 

Well, that’s one *key* difference between CBD oil and hemp oil.

CBD oil can be extracted from a number of different plants, including the hemp plant, the marijuana plant and a few other cannabis plants as well. 

Hemp oil, on the other hand, can only be extracted from… well, hemp. 

The other key difference between the two oils is the benefits each offers. 

While there is some crossover, it’s important to know that, unlike CBD oil, hemp oil possesses absolutely zero cannabinoids. 

For reference, cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, are the chemical compounds responsible for any effects you feel as a result of using specific cannabis- or hemp-based products. 

Because hemp oil doesn’t contain any cannabinoids whatsoever, it also doesn’t offer any of the therapeutic benefits offered by CBD oil such as relief for pain, stress and anxiety. 

So, if you’re looking for a supplement more geared toward helping support your mental well-being, CBD oil is probably your best bet. 

And guess what … Hemple sells that, too. Check out our Nano CBD Oil here

If you’re looking for a supplement to help improve your overall health and bodily function that’s also super versatile and easy to use, hemp oil is probably more your speed. 

But why in the world would you choose just one if you don’t have to?

Here at Hemple, we’re fans of the benefits offered by both CBD oil and hemp oil, and HIGHLY suggest incorporating both into your daily routine because, lucky for all of us, we DON’T have to choose just one! 

How to Use Hemp Oil

How can you use hemp oil?

Let’s rephrase this question… How exactly can’t you use hemp oil?

From hair masks to body scrubs to nut butters to smoothies to salad dressings, when it comes to hemp oil and how you use it, the possibilities are seriously ENDLESS.

You can cook with it… 

(Click here to see a few of our favorite tried-and-true Hemple recipes.)

You can take it orally in a capsule… 

You can apply it topically… 

How you choose to use hemp oil is entirely dependent on YOU and your body’s specific needs. 

One specific way of taking it is no better than any other.

Plus, our bodies are all different, so (as is the case with pretty much all supplements) just because one works flawlessly for one person, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll experience the same results. 

But hey, that’s the beauty of it. 

Because there are infinite possibilities, you can experiment to your heart’s desire!  

And once you’ve discovered your very own favorite way of using and enjoying the benefits of hemp oil, give us a shout and tell us about it.  

We love to hear from happy Hemple users just like YOU! 

Who knows … We may even feature you on our Instagram page, where we share real-life tips, tricks and reviews from customers all over the world! 

Special Offer to Try Hemple’s Hemp Oil

We don’t mean to brag, but here at Hemple, we know our hemp. 

Seriously. We know it like the back of our own hand. 

… Or at least like we created it because that’s exactly what we did. 

When we couldn’t find a line of products anywhere that combined the quality of hemp we needed with the effective (and fast) delivery we wanted, we decided we’d just make our own. 

And we’ve spent not only years, but also tens of thousands of dollars researching every product we’ve developed and sell. 

So, believe it when we tell you that there isn’t one product available for purchase at Hemple that every member of our team wouldn’t feel comfortable giving to someone in their own family.

And we want you to try it too, which is why we’re giving you $10 off your entire Hemple purchase with the code WELCOME10.  

Also, don’t forget you can try Hemple’s hemp seed oil (as well as all of our other products) without any risk whatsoever because we offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee on every single order. 

Now we’ve almost officially reached the end. 

There are only three things left for you to do. 

  1. Order yourself some Hemple hemp oil. (And maybe pick up a new hobby to pass the time until it’s delivered. Don’t worry, we ship fast, so it should be there in two to six business days.) 
  2. Share your newly-acquired plethora of hemp knowledge and that discount code right up there with your best friend. Why? Because that’s what besties do. 
  3. Lastly, get out there and conquer the world, you soon-to-be perfect skin, amazing hair, little hemp guru.