While the cannabis plant has been used for millennia for its healing and medicinal qualities, full spectrum hemp oil has only recently begun to get the recognition it deserves. That’s because until 2014, hemp was not allowed to be grown or sold in the United States for consumption due to its botanical resemblance to marijuana.

In fact, hemp has the same beneficial compounds, called cannabinoids, along with terpenes, and antioxidant flavonoids (with one important difference).

Today, the cannabinoids found in hemp have been featured in scientific studies, are making headlines on newsstands (USA Today), and breaking news on the air (CBS News, CNN) for their promising health benefits.

Still, there’s a lot of confusion about the cannabis plant. Here’s what you need to know about hemp and the many benefits that may be experienced.