HEMP VS. MARIJUANA
Many people are confused to what exactly CBD is. Many think it will get you “high” and are suspicious about trying it. In this article we will be discussing the key differences of the Hemp plant vs. the Marijuana plant.
First, Hemp and Marijuana both derive the Cannabis Sativa family. They do share certain similarities like an apple and orange do. However, due to each plant’s biological structure, they have several distinct and crucial differences.
Hemp and Industrial hemp refer to the strain of cannabis plant that contains 0.3% THC and is grown for agricultural products such as textiles, seeds, oils, paper, rope, food, and clothing. Over 50,000 different uses of the hemp plant have been reported.
It can grow in most climates, bunched together with other plants and requires little care.
Can grow as high as 20 feet with leaves bunched near the top of the stem.
Chemical composition: No psychoactive properties (0.3%THC), meaning it will not get you “high”.
Its use dates back 8-10,000 years, many believe it was the first crop to be cultivated by man.
Marijuana refers to the strain of the cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC. Typically it will contain between 15-20% THC. This is the component that will get you “high”.
Marijuana is known for its flowering tops of the plant. The flowers typically contain high amounts of THC.
Growth is carefully monitored and controlled in an isolated, warm, and humid area to maximize psychoactive uses.
Appearance is shorter and resembles a bush with more leaves and buds surrounding the plant’s body.
Chemical composition: Psychoactive side effects. (15-30% THC), meaning it will most likely get you high and alter your mental state.
HEMP DERIVED CBD VS. MARIJUANA DERIVED CBD
CBD Oil can be derived from both Hemp and Marijuana. The CBD molecule is surprisingly the same in both plants. However,
when processing the whole plant for CBD consumption, a user will get both the benefits of CBD and whatever THC is there as well. At MD Organics we even strain out the tiny amount of THC (0.3%) so all our products are 100% THC Free.
Under the Agricultural Act of 2018, commonly known as the “2018 Farm Bill”, hemp and hemp-derived products, including hemp-derived CBD, were legalized. CBD derived only at 0.3% THC levels or below are legal. So this is why marijuana CBD is still illegal even though the molecule cbd is the same in both plants.
Marijuana derived CBD is still illegal and is still classified as a controlled substance regardless of its percentage of THC.
There is much confusion still surrounding CBD hemp and CBD marijuana and ongoing education is the key. The main points the user should takeaway from this article are that CBD derived from Hemp is legal, safe, and will not get you high. Marijuana CBD is still considered illegal with high levels of THC and will most likely have a “high” effect if it is a full plant CBD oil. However, both will have the benefits of CBD itself for overall health and wellness. SHOP NOW!