When people start exploring the world of CBD and CBD products, they often don’t know which way to turn.

Starting from the terms used by the people in and outside of the community, to the content produced by vendors and written on product labels, it seems that the more you read – the less you know.

We’ll try to help you make sense of it all by answering another CBD-related question:

Cannabis CBD vs Hemp CBD: What Differentiates the Two?

Setting the record straight

First off, we’d like to clarify the terms cannabis, hemp, and marijuana before we get into the hemp CBD vs cannabis CBD game. 

Cannabis comes from the name of the Cannabis sativa L. plant species. It includes two subspecies:

  • Sativa or, using vernacular language, industrial hemp, and
  • Indica, most commonly known as marijuana.

Difference between hemp and marijuana

There are four major differences between the two subspecies. 

Number One – The two subspecies look differently. Industrial hemp plants have a taller stalk and skinnier leaves, while marijuana plants are bushier with broader leaves and more budding flowers. 

Number TwoLevels of THC in each subspecies are different. Industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC by dry weight and marijuana has levels of THC higher than 0.3% with some marijuana strains containing THC levels as high as 25 percent! THC is the psychoactive compound responsible for causing the “high” effect. 

Number ThreeContent of resin in each subspecies is different. Industrial hemp plants contain significantly lower levels of resin compared to marijuana plants. Resin serves as a defense mechanism for all cannabis plants and it contains the cannabinoids (CBD, THC) and terpenes.

Number FourGrowing conditions for the two subspecies are different. Industrial hemp can be grown in different climates with minimal care, either in outdoor farms or greenhouses. Marijuana, on the other hand, is grown under special indoor conditions.

Despite these differences, the generally accepted terms are hemp for industrial hemp and cannabis for marijuana and, for the sake of the conversation, we’ll use these most commonly used words to talk about cannabis CBD vs hemp CBD, or CBD derived from marijuana vs CBD derived from industrial hemp.

Yes, we know, we know, this might not be necessary for those of you who are familiar with CBD. But let’s just give a helping hand to all the people who are at the beginning of their CBD journey. 

Cannabis CBD vs hemp CBD

All the differences we mentioned between cannabis (weed, marijuana) and hemp (industrial hemp) are the same factors that dictate the distinctions between CBD from hemp vs CBD from weed.

Looking at both plant’s characteristics, it is very important to:

  1. Know the legal status of hemp and cannabis in your state and/or country and know the legal status of CBD in your state and/or country, which is directly correlated with THC levels.
    In the US, for instance, hemp-derived CBD products are legal across the country thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill and, in some states, cannabis and cannabis-derived CBD products are completely legalized.
  2. Be aware that cannabis CBD can contain THC in amounts that can have a psychoactive effect, while hemp CBD does not produce the same results because the levels of THC are negligible.
  3. Get products from a reliable producer and qualified vendor of CBD products to avoid any possible issues stemming from contaminated products. This is particularly important when you purchase cannabis CBD or hemp CBD because you need to know that the plant has been grown under controlled conditions and without chemical pesticides and that the products have been third-party tested.
  4. Know that CBD molecules are CBD molecules, no matter their source if you decide to opt for a CBD isolate. However, it is believed that a full-spectrum CBD apparently creates the Entourage effect or the synergistic effect with other cannabinoids (THC) and natural-occurring compounds of the plant (terpenes, flavonoids, omega fatty acids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins) and is, hence, considered more effective by most users.
    What’s particularly important to point out is that if you use any of these products and your job requires regular drug screenings, you need to know that might test positive for THC.

To wrap up

We hope that this answers your question about the differences between cannabis (marijuana) CBD and hemp (industrial hemp) CBD. 

Make informed decisions because the one-size-fits-all principle cannot be applied here because each person’s body is different and reacts differently to the products. 

So, whether you’re new to CBD or already have some experience with it, our advice to you would be to try different CBD products to determine which suits you best.

If you have more questions about CBD, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

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