Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie asks…
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HEMP INFUSIONS?
Anyone who is familiar with my blog knows that I will occasionally treat myself to a cannabis-infused goodie. And my preferred goodie is Mellows, a cannabis-infused marshmallow.
Of course Melanie’s question focuses on hemp, not marijuana. So let’s talk about the differences between the two. It’s a common misconception that hemp and marijuana are two different species of plant. But they are not. They’re just two different names for cannabis, a type of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae family.
The difference between hemp and marijuana is their psychoactive component. Hemp has 0.3% or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. Thus hemp-derived products don’t contain enough THC to create the high traditionally associated with marijuana.
Another term to know about is CBD. CBD is a chemical found in marijuana. CBD doesn’t contain THC. CBD can come from either hemp or marijuana, but it is often derived from hemp in order to avoid the addition of larger amounts of THC.
So, to answer Melanie’s specific questions:
Is it a good idea even though there is reportedly no THC in the items?
A good idea? For who? For me, if the edible doesn’t have any THC, what’s the point? But whether it’s a good idea for someone else, well, that’s up to them, isn’t it?
Would you eat or drink something made with those products? Why or why not?
Yes, but if I’m going to ingest infused gummies, brownies, mints, marshmallows, tea, or whatever, I would want it to include THC. Why? Because I occasionally enjoy getting high and, except for an occasional beer, I don’t drink alcoholic beverages.