What follows are some of the key differences between using hemp vs. marijuana plants to extract CBD and to make CBD oil.
One important aspect to understand when considering the difference between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD is the resin content of each plant. Cannabis resin is found within the trichomes of the plant.
Isolate vs. full-spectrum CBD
As CBD becomes more well known, there is growing awareness that not all CBD products are made the same, nor are they even necessarily derived from the same kind of cannabis plant.
Experimenting with both hemp-derived and marijuana-derived CBD with varying levels of THC and CBD, if it’s legal for you to do so, may be the key to finding the right product for your needs. Ideally, choose an organic product with a low CBD concentration and incrementally increase your intake or product concentration until you find a level that works for you.
When discussing marijuana-derived vs. hemp-derived CBD oil, it is helpful to go through some basic cannabis taxonomy to better understand the cannabis plant.
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One of the misconceptions about CBD hemp oil products is that CBD from hemp oil is less potent than cannabis oil or CBD oil made from medical marijuana. While it is true that the percentage of CBD in hemp plants by dry weight is lower than the percentage of CBD in some specially bred marijuana plants, once the oil is extracted from the plant, this difference becomes negligible.
CBD hemp oil with trace levels or no detectable amounts of THC is also beneficial for those concerned about the need to pass a drug test. Marijuana CBD oil can have higher amounts of THC, which increases the likelihood that you could fail a drug test. Hemp CBD oil has little to no THC, which means you are in little danger of failing a drug test when used at suggested servings.
Types of CBD Oil Products Available
You can learn more about the difference between CBD and THC on our Cannabis 101 page.
With so much misinformation on the internet about CBD oil, one of the most common questions we get from consumers is asking what the difference is between CBD from marijuana vs CBD oil from hemp.
Hemp cultivars (varieties) also grow much faster than marijuana, so while an intensively bred high-CBD medical marijuana strain would take a full season to grow, a hemp farmer can create a more environmentally sustainable and conscious product.
Now that you know the difference between CBD oil and marijuana, let’s take a look at the types of CBD products you can buy. Medical Marijuana, Inc. brands like Real Scientific Hemp Oil®, Dixie Botanicals®, and HempMeds® include innovative CBD products like CBD oil concentrates, CBD capsules, CBD liquids and tinctures, CBD vapes, and more.
As interest in other cannabinoids, like cannabigerol, or CBG – which some are touting as the new CBD – continues to grow, so too grows the need for further medical research into cannabis.
“Broad spectrum” CBD typically contains at least three other cannabinoids, as well as some terpenes and flavonoids – but still no THC. “Full spectrum” CBD, also called “whole flower” CBD, is similar to broad spectrum but can contain up to 0.3% THC.
A stand at the 2019 Southern Hemp Expo, in Tennessee. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
The Drug Enforcement Agency categorizes cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, meaning it handles cannabis as if there is no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Scientists don’t know exactly how CBD works, nor how it interacts with other cannabinoids like THC to give marijuana its added therapeutic effects.
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“Pure” CBD, also called “CBD isolate,” is called that because all other cannabinoids have been removed. So have terpenes and flavonoids, which give marijuana its strong aroma and earthy flavor.
One would assume, then, that hemp-derived CBD should be federally legal in every state because the THC levels don’t surpass 0.3%. But CBD occupies a legal gray area. Several states, such as Nebraska and Idaho, still essentially regulate CBD oil as a Schedule 1 substance akin to marijuana.