With so much misinformation on the internet about CBD oil, one of the most common questions we get from consumers is in regards to the difference between CBD from marijuana vs CBD oil from hemp.
First, let’s look at the basic differences between marijuana and CBD hemp oil.
Marijuana vs. CBD Oil from Hemp
CBD Hemp Oil:
- High levels of CBD
- Federally legal
- Can be purchased online or in stores
- High levels of THC
- Legal only in certain states
- Available from dispensaries only
Despite these important differences, many prospective cannabis consumers are surprised by the number of similarities between hemp and marijuana. However, the resemblance should come as little surprise, since both hemp and marijuana are versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. As we dig deeper into the two types of cannabis plants, we begin to see how they can each play a role in the use of cannabis.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a cannabis plant that is most frequently harvested for its euphoric, intoxicating properties, which are responsible for making users feel high or stoned. The fibers and stalks of marijuana are not used commercially. Instead, the marijuana plant is cultivated specifically for its flowers, which contain the highest levels of THC in the plant.
To maximize THC levels in marijuana, it’s often grown indoors so that conditions like light, temperature, and humidity can be closely monitored. Any male marijuana plants are removed to prevent the female plants from becoming fertilized, which lowers the plant’s concentration of THC. When compared to hemp, which grows tall, marijuana grows shorter and bushier with lots of flowers. Though, some variation does exist.
Through selective breeding, varieties or strains of marijuana can contain THC concentrations that usually range from 10 percent to 30 percent, or even higher. Marijuana is naturally lower in CBD than THC – though some breeders have worked to increase the amount of CBD produced by some marijuana plants.
Since marijuana contains high levels of THC, use and possession of marijuana, whether for recreational or medical reasons, remains federally illegal in the U.S., although states have passed laws that have legalized marijuana use under certain conditions.
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a cannabis plant that is harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks. Hemp seeds and stalks are used to produce a number of products: including food, nutritional supplements,…