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General Questions

What is CBD?

CBD, also called cannabidiol, is a phytocannabinoid that naturally occurs in the hemp plant. Hemp flower contains many cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that all contribute to inducing uplifting and relaxing effects. Because CBD products can contain minimal amounts of THC, one can experience the benefits of hemp without the overwhelming intensity of high THC products. CBD’s effect impacts both the mind and body, and for many users improves the quality of their lives.

Are Hemp and Marijuana the Same?

Botanically speaking, both “hemp” and “marijuana” are “cannabis sativa l”. They are the same plant, but there is a subtle legal difference between hemp and marijuana. Under the Agricultural Act of 2018, also known as the “2018 Farm Bill”, legal hemp is cannabis with no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis. Cannabis with Delta 9 THC above 0.3% is illegal marijuana. For example, a strain testing at 25% THCa and 0.1% Delta 9 THC is still classified as legal hemp even though it would provide THC effects if consumed after heating.

Can CBD Get Me High?

Yes, CBD products have effects but they’re not as euphoric and intense as THC. Smoking CBD flower grants uplifting and relaxing effects, and in high doses it can produce powerful effects that can certainly be discerned as a “high”. The effects that CBD offers are more mild and balanced than THC, and CBD generally doesn’t pose the risk of feeling paranoid or anxious like THC can- it is because of these factors that some people prefer CBD over THC.

Are CBD and THCa Legal?

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, all cannabis under 0.3% Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis is federally legal in all 50 states. CBD strains easily test within the legal limit, and even THCa strains can qualify as legal hemp under the Farm Bill. For example, a strain testing at 23% THCa and 0.2% D9 THC is federally legal because it is below the .3% limit. There are no specific federal laws mentioning THCa or restricting its use. However, some states have prohibited THCa. Please check with your local authorities. 

Note: Federal, state and local laws change from time to time. We recommend you strive to stay informed about local, state, and federal legislation. 

How do I know if a hemp product contains more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC?

The answer is, it depends.

The good news is, when you order from Arete Hemp you can do so with confidence. Why? Because we have partnered with an independent third-party lab to test all our hemp products. Also, all of our hemp products are Farm Bill compliant. You can check our Lab Reports page or the individual product pages also have their reports as images in the product gallery. When reviewing the Certificate of Analysis (COA), look for the Mass % column to see the detected cannabinoids in that test.

On the other hand, when you buy hemp products from somewhere else there might not be tests, their tests might not be authentic, or from an independent third-party lab. In other words, you’ll be taking an unnecessary chance.

The issue of quality and strength is one of the biggest concerns facing cannabis consumers because not all hemp is created equal. As a consumer, you’re taking an unnecessary risk when you purchase hemp products from less reputable brands and retailers. In the eyes of the law, it is your responsibility to research hemp products before you purchase and consume them. So when you order from Arete Hemp that research is as simple and easy as a couple of clicks.

What is THCa?

Delta 9 THCa is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It is the acid variation of the famous cannabinoid D9 THC. Raw THCa is non-psychoactive. However, when heated, THCa converts to THC. This change is what delivers the intense and euphoric psychoactive effects of traditional cannabis.

Harvested THCa flower is federally legal if the lab test proves it is below the 0.3% D9 THC limit. Even in recreational or illegal flower, THCa is the primary cannabinoid, and the D9 THC can range somewhere between 0.4% to 1.0%. For example, a strain with 20% THCa and 0.2% D9 THC in its harvested buds is federally legal and protected under the Farm Bill.

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Arete Products

What hemp source does Arete Hemp use?

Arete Hemp is proud to be an American-owned and operated company using hemp sourced from farmers located across the country. Our organic-experienced farmers use clean growing methods that avoid the use of unnecessary and harmful chemicals. In addition, our Quality Control team thoroughly checks every strain, ensuring our customers receive the highest-quality product possible. We don’t sell anything that we wouldn’t use ourselves.

How is Arete Hemp's flower processed?

Arete Hemp flower is dried, trimmed, and packaged without any additional manufacturing procedures. We ensure you get a pure and natural product.

Does Arete Hemp's premium hemp flower contain THC?

Arete Hemp sells 100% clean and additive-free hemp products that are 100% legal across the United States. Our products do not exceed the legal limits for Delta 9 THC levels.

Will I fail a drug test when using hemp products sold by Arete Hemp?

Our hemp flower contains 0.3% or less of Delta 9 THC – the legal limit in the U.S. That said, since trace amounts of THC can be found in CBD, it’s possible you can fail a drug test after consuming Arete Hemp products.

Do not use our products if you are subject to drug testing.  

Does Arete Hemp offer discounts?

Yes, if you pay for your order using a cryptocurrency. The crypto discount is dependent on market conditions. Please see the messages on the Cart and Checkout pages for the current active discount percentage. Or email us if you prefer.

Currently, we don’t do discount codes or offer discounts to veterans. If that changes we will be certain to let you know.

Finally, the good news is, we do have an incredible Rewards Program. Once you register, for each dollar spent you get points. Then when checking out you can redeem those points for up to 20% off your order. Reward points only apply to shopping carts without budget items. For more details on our rewards program, please see our Rewards page.

Can I pay for my order with a cryptocurrency?

Yes, you can.

We currently accept Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), ChainLink Token (LINK), Polygon Network (MATIC), and Monero (XMR).

In addition, when you pay with crypto, we offer a discount. The crypto discount is dependent on market conditions. Please see the messages on the Cart and Checkout pages for the current active discount percentage. Or email us if you prefer.

Is Arete Hemp’s THCa natural?

Our THCa flower and other products are 100% natural and are grown on organic-experienced farms. The cannabinoids on the flower are naturally occurring on the plant. Our THCa diamonds are derived from processing THCa flower into a pure isolated concentrate.

Does Arete Hemp offer wholesale pricing?

Yes, we do. Please see our Wholesale page for more details.

Note: Due to the nature of the products, all sales are final on all wholesale transactions.

For any additional questions on Wholesale please use our Contact form page.

Shipping & Returns

Does Arete Hemp offer free shipping?

Yes! We offer free Shipping on orders of $100 and more in the continental United States.

To clarify, that’s $100 or more in product(s). Shipping, Package Protection and any other fees do not count towards the $100 threshold.

Please be aware of the following exceptions:

1. Orders that contain vape cartridge(s) will be charged a flat $10.59 shipping fee.

2. Orders going to AK and HI will be charged a flat $20.00 shipping fee.

3. Orders going to AK and HI can’t contain vape products.

Do you have a money back guarantee?

We offer a generous 30 Day money-back guarantee on all unopened products. For more details please see the question Return Policy, as well as the Cancellation Policy for more details.

What is Arete Hemp's shipping schedule? When will my order ship?

Our shipping schedule is as follows:

Orders made on Monday through Friday before 1:00 pm ET will ship that same day.

If we have a new release or holiday event then please allow 1 – 4 business days to process your order.

Orders are shipped USPS priority mail unless stated otherwise.

Orders placed on a Friday or U.S. holiday will be processed the following business day.

Will the delivery person or my neighbors know what I'm getting delivered?

All hemp flower is shipped discretely and quickly. Your package will contain lab reports, as well as a notice to authorities to support the validity and legality of the of the products in your shipment. Hemp Flower orders are shipped in heat/vacuum sealed bags to preserve freshness and contain the scents of the products.

What is Package Protection and why should I use it?

Naturally, packages can be lost, damaged or even stolen. Arete Hemp strongly recommends you protect the safety of your package with our Package Protection service.

If you don’t choose this option, be aware we are not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen packages. That responsibility will be yours.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Orders cancelled prior to shipping will be refunded the full cost of the order minus a 5% transaction processing fee to cover the loss of our merchant charge.

Orders cancelled after shipping but before delivery will be refunded the full cost of the order minus the shipping charge and the 5% return fee.

What is your Return Policy?

We stand behind our hemp products with a 30 day money back guarantee on all unopened products.

If you have opened the vacuum seal bag we will NOT accept the return. If you are not happy with your purchase for any reason just contact us with proof of purchase, return the unopened item and we will give you a refund! The return shipping will be at your expense, we will provide the return address upon request.

We will refund the full amount back to the original account you made your purchase from. You will receive the refund within 7 business days after the returned product has been received by Arete. It may take up to 3-5 business days for the bank to recognize the credit on your end.

What about International Shipping?

We are currently not shipping outside the United States.

Shipping & Returns: Legal Notice

Durіng checkout you аѕѕumе аll rеѕроnѕіbіlіtу оf thе рrоduсt and hоld Arete Hemp llc (www.aretehemp.com) exempt from legal rеѕроnѕіbіlіtу fоr оnе’ѕ actions. All Terms of sale, use, and conditions will be governed pursuant to the laws of North Carolina, United States of America, notwithstanding any principles of the conflicts of law. The purchaser consents upon purchase that personal jurisdiction will be governed by the State of North Carolina if any dispute between the purchaser and the company should arise at any given time. Both parties agree that any disputes arising out of these terms of sale or return policy shall be handled in the state and or federal courts in North Carolina.