Hemp derived CBD VS. Marijuana Derived CBD


Feeling a little confused about the difference between hemp derived CBD and marijuana derived CBD? You’re not alone! The stigma regarding hemp is largely due to the U.S. government’s grouping of ALL cannabis species into a Schedule I category in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Slowly but surely hemp advocates have fought the good fight for the beloved hemp plant which offers many useful applications in which marijuana plants cannot be used for. Some applications include dietary & nutritional supplements, skin care products, building materials (hempcrete), environmental toxic cleanup, and clothing & accessories.

  • Marijuana plants are cousins of hemp plants (two different varieties of the same species)
  • Marijuana plants produce flowers/buds with high levels of THC – the cannabinoid that can “get you high” / create a euphoric effect
  • Hemp plants produce less than 0.3% THC naturally – therefore it’s flowers will not get you high
  • Hemp plants are generally taller and skinnier than marijuana plants
  • Hemp farms can’t be anywhere near marijuana farms because hemp could sterilize the marijuana plants.
  • The body accepts CBD from both sources the same way — aiding in the entourage effect/hemptourage effect (i.e. your body doesn’t recognize the difference between water molecules just because you’ve drank them from different sources)
  • Hemp CBD is legal in all 50 states – Marijuana is subjective to individual state legislations and still illegal in some places
  • Hemp CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects; Marijuana contains higher levels of THC (the cannabinoid responsible for “getting you high”)
  • Growers/Extractioneers of Marijuana often play around with the ratios of cannabinoids (mainly CBD | THC) to find the most effective combinations for an individual based on their need whereas Hemp Plants do not produce enough THC to experiment

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