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Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

There is a lot of confusion and misconceptions around CBD (cannabidiol), largely due to the fact that it is found in both hemp and marijuana plants which are both species of the same plant, Cannabis. Marijuana and hemp plants contain both CBD and THC along with more than 540 phytochemicals. What differentiates them is the amount of each compound they contain.

There are many species of the cannabis plant and they are divided into 3 varieties: Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis ruderalis.

Marijuana plants fall into all 3 varieties and these plants contain higher and varying levels (12-30%) of THC (the intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant) and very low levels of CBD.

Hemp is a specific variety of Cannabis sativa which has very low amounts of THC. The 2018 (US) Farm Bill considers any cannabis sativa plant containing less than 0.3% THC to be hemp or industrial hemp. People have grown hemp for hundreds of years, using it to make rope, clothing, paper, and much more.

The benefits of CBD are not dependent on whether it's hemp-derived or marijuana-derived, however given the hemp plant has such low amounts of THC to begin with almost all of it is lost in the extraction process. Meaning a product made from hemp-derived CBD will have very little, if any THC... long story short, you won't get high from hemp-derived products. (All of our products use hemp-derived CBD)

Still have questions? Drop them in the comments area below and I will be happy to answer them.

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