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What’s the difference between marijuana CBD and hemp CBD?

What’s the difference between marijuana CBD and hemp CBD?

Researches are starting to discover the medicinal benefits of CBD. But did you know that there are actually two versions of this product on the market

First of all let’s understand what is CBD, Cannabis, and Hemp.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring constituent of industrial hemp (cannabis sativa) plants. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and is being scientifically investigated for numerous reasons. Most people have heard of a cannabinoid called THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis that gets users high. Unlike THC, CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a high.

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis refers to a group of three plants with psychoactive properties, known as Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.

When the flowers of these plants are harvested and dried, you’re left with one of the most common drugs in the world. Some call it weed, some call it pot, and others call it marijuana.

What is Hemp?

A distinct variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, known as hemp, can be grown to maximize the fibers in the stalk of the plant or to maximize seed production.

It is important to note that hemp is not used as a recreational drug, nor could it be. Hemp has as low as 0.5 percent of the psychotropic chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), according to the North American Industrial Hemp Council. Marijuana plants used to get high typically contain around 15 percent THC, according to the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre(NCPIC).

What’s the difference between marijuana CBD and hemp CBD?

Both hemp and marijuana are from the same species (cannabis sativa). The characteristic of having low THC is the single difference that most rely on to distinguish CBD derived from hemp from CBD from marijuana. CBD taken from hemp and marijuana is the exact same compound, with the difference that if it’s extracted from marijuana the THC levels are going to be higher.

Both CBD and THC have the exact same molecular structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. A slight difference in how the atoms are arranged accounts for the differing effects on your body.

Both CBD and THC are chemically similar to your body’s own endocannabinoids. This allows them to interact with your cannabinoid receptors.

The interaction affects the release of neurotransmitters in your brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals responsible for relaying messages between cells and have roles in pain, immune function, stress, sleep, to name a few.

Law, Hemp, and Marijuana.

Marijuana including CBD oil products made from marijuana must comply with seed to sale state laws that make these products illegal to transport across the country, Hemp products that are highly concentrated with CBD are perfectly legal for use throughout the country.

Here is an excerpt from the FDA site regarding hemp.

“How does the 2018 Farm Bill define hemp? What does it mean for FDA-regulated products?

  1.  At the federal level, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (the 2018 Farm Bill) was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018. Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis." These changes include removing hemp from the CSA, which means that cannabis plants and derivatives that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis are no longer controlled substances under federal law.”

The legal issues for both CBD and THC in the United States are evolving regularly. All forms of cannabis are illegal in states that haven’t legalized it. Marijuana and THC are on the list of controlled substances, so they’re prohibited under federal law.

However, many states and Washington, have passed cannabis-related laws making medical marijuana with high levels of THC legal. Marijuana may need to be prescribed by a licensed physician.

In addition, several states have made recreational use of marijuana and THC legal. It still remains illegal federally.

CBD vs. THC: Medical benefits

CBD and THC have many of the same medical benefits. They can provide relief from several of the same conditions. However, CBD doesn’t cause the euphoric effects that occur with THC. Some people may prefer to use CBD because of the lack of this side effect.

CBD is used to help with other various conditions, such as:

  • seizures
  • inflammation
  • pain
  • psychosis or mental disorders
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • nausea
  • migraines
  • depression
  • anxiety

THC is used to help with conditions such as:

  • pain
  • muscle spasticity
  • glaucoma
  • insomnia
  • low appetite
  • nausea
  • anxiety

CBD vs. THC: Side effects

CBD is well-tolerated, even in large doses. Research suggests any side effects that occur with CBD use are likely the result of drug-to-drug interactions between CBD and other medications you may be taking.

THC causes temporary side effects, such as:

  • increased heart rate
  • coordination problems
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • slower reaction times
  • memory loss

These side effects are part of the compound’s psychoactive properties.

Neither compound is fatal.






Decreases seizures



Increased appetite



Reduces anxiety



Eases migraines



Reduces nausea



Pain reliever



Shows on drug tests



Side effects

Psychoactive effects

Interaction with other medication




Gets you “High”




*Both CBD and THC are illegal federally, However, some states have laws that make them legal for medical or recreational purposes or both

** CBD isn’t detected in hemp products, but they may contain trace amounts of THC. They may show up in high enough concentrations to produce a positive drug test.


In conclusion, CBD is CBD regardless of what plant is extracted from, being the one made from marijuana the one with the highest level of THC of about 0.03%, on the other hand, if you wish to use CBD with the minimum amount of THC, then CBD from Hemp would be the best option.

CBD and THC both have medical benefits and they are both safe, but CBD extracted from marijuana still remain illegal federally and in many states in the country.


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