Hemp CBD vs Cannabis CBD: What’s the Difference?

One of the misconceptions about CBD hemp oil products is that CBD from hemp oil is less potent than cannabis oil or CBD oil made from medical marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana are versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Hemp is naturally high in CBD and low in THC; the reverse is true of cannabis. In fact, hemp contains only about 0.3% – 1.5% THC, while cannabis contains about 5% – 10% or more THC.

This means that the levels of THC and CBD are different in the CBD oil produced from the two plants. But what does this mean for those taking CBD oil? First, we need to look at the differences between CBD and THC and why you might want a product with more of one or the other.

Research has shown that CBD can be used as an anti-anxiety remedy. And support is gathering for CBD’s role as an alternative remedy for illnesses such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, depression and much more.

THC works on the endocannabinoid system in a different way from CBD, so although it is a similar compound, it does not have these benefits. However, research has shown that THC can have a positive influence over pain relief, PTSD, poor appetite and more.

Further to this, CBD is legal whereas THC is not. To use medical marijuana, it has to be legal in the state or country that you live in plus you need a doctor to prescribe it. Hemp CBD is much more accessible and can be bought from many outlets.

Hemp CBD has also been shown to be safe to use by all, children, pregnant or nursing women, and those who cannot take pharmaceutical medicines who may want to use it as an alternative remedy.

However, hemp cultivars also grow much faster than marijuana, so while an intensively bred high-CBD medical marijuana strain would take a full season to grow, a hemp farmer can often plant multiple crops a season, creating a more environmentally sustainable and conscious product.

Some cannabinoid users also get caught up with the idea that CBD hemp oil is made from “industrial hemp”, a point we have addressed before. There is nothing inherently dirty about industrial hemp, and as mentioned above, products made from hemp oil have the potential to be cleaner and purer than medical marijuana products.

On a molecular level, CBD from hemp is the same as CBD from marijuana. Franjo Grotenhermen of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines has been quoted saying, “CBD is CBD.

The human body does not care where the molecule comes from.” Water makes a good analogy here. As far as your body is concerned, an H2O molecule is the same, whether it comes from a rushing river or out of your kitchen tap. In the same rate, 10 mg of CBD from hemp oil is absorbed the same as 10 mg of CBD that you’d find in a medical marijuana dispensary. And just like with river water and tap water, neither hemp or marijuana is guaranteed healthier than the other.

How Cannabidiol Is Made & Produced

Cannabidiol is generally produced in two ways as follows:

  • Naturally

CBD can be extracted from marijuana and hemp cannabis plants. The major difference between marijuana and hemp is the THC level. Marijuana is specifically known to have high THC level and it is mainly used for recreational purposes. Hemp on the other hand has THC traces only.

  • Synthetically

CBD can be produced synthetically in a lab. Nevertheless, synthetically produced CBD is generally a regulated substance and its possession is legal outside some specialized circumstances.

Sources: Medical Marijuana Inc., Healthy Hemp Oil , CBD Oils And Edibles

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