It's 4/20! Here's How To Enjoy The Day The Legal Way

mbg Editorial Assistant By Jamie Schneider
mbg Editorial Assistant
Jamie Schneider is the Editorial Assistant at mindbodygreen with a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan. She's previously written for Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare.
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These days, a lot of people are turning to the cannabis plant to do more than just get high. I'm sure you know at least one person who's stocking up on CBD-infused beverages or popping a few gummies. And it makes sense: The non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis plants can help ease a variety of issues—from joint pain to insomnia to stress and anxiety.* But this year, we're proposing a fresh spin on 4/20—and it's totally legal, no matter what state you're in. Here at mbg, we'll be celebrating today with hemp oil and here's why:

It's legal!

One reason we love hemp is because it's legal in all 50 U.S. states—as opposed to marijuana or marijuana-derived CBD oil, which can contain higher concentrations of THC and is only legal in certain states. 

While it can be confusing to know if the CBD oil you're purchasing is derived from hemp or marijuana, hemp oil extract is always hemp-derived and legal. It won't give you the munchies, and it's relatively easy to know exactly where it comes from and how it was extracted (if you're purchasing a trustworthy brand, of course). 

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It's a whole-plant extract, with a whole lot of health benefits. 

A lot of people are confused about the difference between hemp and CBD. To put it simply, hemp oil is a whole-plant extract, whereas CBD oil is an isolated extract of a single cannabinoid. 

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This means CBD includes only one cannabinoid, called cannabidiol. On the flipside, hemp oil contains all the cannabinoids (including CBD!). When these cannabinoids are taken together, they have what's known as the "entourage effect," where all the antioxidants in hemp work together to provide an array of health benefits.* 

Here's the highlight reel of hemp's benefits: It helps manage stress, support healthy immune function, and it can even calm acne flare-ups.* With this impressive résumé, it's no secret why hemp extract has become a star in the mbg HQ and why we've developed a hemp supplement of our own. 

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It comes in many forms.

Whether you purchase an oil, capsule, or topical product, there are many ways to use hemp oil.

If you buy hemp in the form of gummies and treats, functional medicine doctor Robert Rountree, M.D., warns of popping gummies, as it's more difficult to know exactly what ingredients they have. "When you're buying a gummy, you just don't know what's in it. You've got to be really careful," he shares on the mindbodygreen podcast.  

And while hemp can be used for culinary purposes (got hemp milk, anyone?), that version is a vastly different from what you can expect from a hemp extract—hemp seed oil, pressed from those omega-3 and protein-rich hemp seeds, doesn't contain any cannabinoids. 

So today, you can catch us with hemp multi+ supplements, our pick for celebrating 4/20 the legal way!

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