What’s the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana Derived CBD?

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

It seems like in nearly every blog we’ve written, we’ve made a distinction between CBD that’s from hemp and CBD that’s from marijuana. But why is there a difference between the two if it results in the same compound? And what does it mean to you as a consumer of CBD products?

While the differences might seem trivial, they actually have some pretty pronounced effects. At Medimorphic, we only source CBD through the hemp plant. Join us as we explain why this distinction matters.

Same, Same, But Different

To begin our discussion, let’s take a look at the two sources in question: hemp and marijuana. Yes, both plants are varieties of the same Cannabis Sativa L plant. However, the difference between the two lies in their chemical makeup. Marijuana typically contains 3 to 15% THC on a dry-weight basis, while hemp usually contains less than 1%. In the United States, however, the distinction between hemp and marijuana is even more pronounced. To be legally considered hemp in the U.S., the plant has to have a THC concentration of less than 0.3%.

So the plants CBD is sourced from are different, but what about the actual cannabis compound itself? CBD, whether derived from hemp or marijuana, is the same compound.

This can lead to some confusion, especially as the legality of CBD is drawn into question based on where it was sourced from. Additionally, how the final product was made can also complicate the issue. So what do you need to know about CBD and which is right for you?

THC is Not CBD

This is a common misconception, largely stemming from general ignorance about cannabis. Both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are cannabis derived compounds. They are found in both hemp and marijuana plants, just in varying concentrations. Both compounds interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). There the compounds interact with the network of receptors scattered throughout your body. The primarily interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but do so in different ways.

It’s the different ways that the compounds interact with your endocannabinoid system that lead to the different effects of the compounds. THC has psychoactive effects, meaning that it can leave you feeling “stoned” or intoxicated after using it. It can offer a sense of euphoria for some, and paranoia and anxiety in others. Conversely, CBD is non-psychoactive, and cannot get you “high.” CBD instead offers a soothing sensation that can help both physical and mental ailments.

It’s the Letter of the Law

So, THC and CBD can be found in hemp and marijuana. This can cause confusion, so what’s the real difference between CBD in hemp and CBD in marijuana? Ultimately, it’s a legal distinction. The 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills made it clear that only industrial grown cannabis with a THC concentration of less than 0.3% could be considered hemp. As a hemp product, CBD is legal for production, cultivation, sale, and use in all 50 of the states. While some local laws may say differently, you are legally allowed to use hemp-derived CBD.

The same can’t be said for marijuana-derived CBD. At the federal level, marijuana is still a schedule 1 controlled substance. Some states have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, but this isn’t true federally. As such, even though the CBD is the same as what’s extracted from hemp, because it is sourced from marijuana, it is not legal for use in all states. In most cases, you will only find marijuana-derived CBD in states where it is legalized for recreational and medical use.

Are the Side Effects Different?

While the end compound might be the same, research has found that the source of the CBD might result in different side effects. For instance, when derived from marijuana, the side effects of the CBD are often more pronounced and are similar to those of THC. Users might note an increase in blood pressure, a change in appetite, and sensations of anxiety and paranoia.

In contrast, the side effects of CBD from hemp are mild. The only ones recorded so far include grogginess, minor nausea, and headache. Studies generally suggest that CBD is safe for use by nearly everyone.

Which Should You Choose?

Ultimately, it comes down to legality and availability. Most people will find that CBD from hemp is more accessible, legal, and safe for them to use throughout the United States. That means you can use these helpful products right away. With the added benefit of mild, if any, side effects, hemp-derived CBD is the smart choice for the majority of those interested in adding a cannabis-based product into their lifestyle.

Add CBD to Your Lifestyle With Medimorphic

Ready to try CBD for yourself? The Medimorphic family of products, including luxury lines like nuhumun, start with a premium industrial grown hemp, and extract the cannabidiol. From there, we produce an ultra pure, super potent CBD isolate that we use in all of our products. From micromists to softgels to salves, we’ve got a product that fits your lifestyle and needs. Browse today.

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