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The Difference Between Consumable & Industrial Hemp in Louisiana


In Louisiana, hemp is classified in two (2) categories: consumable and industrial.


Consumable Hemp


Consumable hemp means any product derived from industrial hemp that contains any cannabinoid, including cannabidiol, and is intended for consumption or topical use. Consumable hemp products include: commercial animal feed, pet products, and hemp floral materials.


Industrial Hemp


"Industrial hemp" or "hemp" means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a total delta-9 THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.


The classification of hemp determines which regulatory agency it is governed by. For example: Industrial hemp is governed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Consumable Hemp is governed by both the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Board and the Louisiana Department of Health. If you would like to obtain a permit for either Consumable or Industrial Hemp, you have to apply through their respective agencies.


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