CBD is one of the most trending products of cannabis. You can get CBD products from anywhere nowadays, these products are readily available in online stores and dispensaries. While the advocates of this product have been highlighting the benefits in various medical conditions there are many other uses as well. A growing trend among people is using CBD oil for pain relief, sleep regulation, and skincare. CBD is currently used for a number of applications. These issues include things like pain, insomnia, and anxiety however further studies in the literature also reveal other good effects. We learn that CBD oil is good for things like psoriasis, acne, and other common skin problems.
However, there are different forms of CBD in the market that can confuse people. Fear not because this article well explains all the details related to CBD products. There are two main types of CBD products available in the market. These include Hemp-derived CBD and Marijuana-derived CBD. While broadly speaking there is not much of a difference in both of these products. They both have the same molecular structure and effects. However, they do differ in terms of legality in different states, cannabinoid content, usage method, and some other small factors.
Marijuana and Hemp:
To understand the difference between these derived products we first need to understand the difference between these two plants. Both of these come from the cannabis plant family. The cannabis plant has two types just like we discussed before cannabis Indica and cannabis Sativa. Interestingly, Marijuana is a member of both of these species, however, hemp belongs to the Sativa family. Therefore both of these plants share some common features.
Moving on although there is a difference in cannabinoid content, products from Hemp and Marijuana has the same molecular structure. Marijuana plants have more of the psychoactive component, also called THC, in them. On the other hand, Hemp plants have less than 0.3 percent THC content. This results in lesser THC content in Hemp-derived products than in Marijuana-derived one.
In addition, because of higher THC levels, marijuana is strictly controlled in the majority of countries. On the other hand, there are relaxed rules for growing and selling hemp because of its medical uses. The recent Farm Bill in the US made it legal to grow and distribute hemp.
The Difference in CBD:
Now that we have the differences in parent plans straightened out. It’s time to talk about the actual products themselves. There are four major ways in which the two different types of CBD differ and we’ll discuss each one of them in detail.
The first and main difference between the two types of CBD products is their cannabinoid concentration. More specifically the two differ in terms of THC levels in them. Marijuana-derived CBD oil has a higher THC concentration and less CBD. However, hemp-derived CBD oil has low THC levels, that complies with the legal limit, and has more CBD. The CBD content in marijuana strains varies with each one of them. Generally, the CBD oil produced from them has THC levels ranging between 5 and 30 percent.
In addition to the difference in THC concentration, the two plant types also have different concentrations of terpenes and other cannabinoids. These compounds change with the method of processing. With better refinement, you get CBD oils with lower levels of terpenes, cannabinoids, and other compounds. This means that you should always buy high-quality CBD products from reputable manufacturers who use good production methods.
2. Legal Status:
The legality of using cannabis products is a big factor in personal choice. Legality is the main reason for multiple types of CBD oils for various states. For instance, It’s illegal in the US to use CBD products with over 0.3% THC in states where cannabis use for recreational use is banned. this means that companies have to serve these people with Hemp-derived CBD products.
The Hemp-derived CBD is legal thanks to new legislative changes. The new law has put certain limits on cannabis products. Those which meet the recommended THC level by the law are legal to use in the majority of the states. Consequently, it doesn’t matter if CBD oil is from hemp or marijuana, the THC levels should be less than 0.3% for it to be legal. Marijuana is currently legal in eleven states of the USA.
3. Effects on the Consumer:
THC is the main psychoactive component of cannabis products. Therefore, as hemp-derived CBD has low levels of THC, it causes no psychoactive effects. Using hemp-derived CBD will not result in a person getting high. Instead, these products give a range of benefits like mental and physical relaxation. Using lower THC oils can improve your body’s natural processes.
Now Marijuana-derived products can make you high. However, looking deeper we discovered that, if you take products with higher CBD content, then it minimizes the intoxication. CBD counters THC’s psychoactive effects on the human body. In addition, the oil from marijuana has powerful therapeutic benefits that help in mental disorders like depression and anxiety as well as treat pain, and chronic inflammation.
Although CBD oils derived from both marijuana as well as hemp have medicinal properties. They do have some key differences in their use. Those from hemp are widely used as a dietary supplement. They are available in various shops and online stores. However, because of the strict regulations, marijuana-derived cannabis products are only available from a few authorized sellers across the country.
Moreover, since medications from hemp have lower intoxicant levels it is safer to use for everyone. Therefore adults of any age, as well as children, can use it safely. FDA has also approved the use of certain Cannabis-based drugs to treat epilepsy in children.
Lastly on the question that which one of these to use? Well, the answer is not that straightforward but it is simple. The choice of your perfect CBD oil depends on your personal purpose. We have highlighted the effects of both of these plants as well as their derivatives. You can definitely go for the products derived from marijuana if you don’t mind the high and it’s legal to use in your state. It provides better relaxation properties than the alternative, however, it is not suitable for use with kids. You also need to closely look at the rest of the components in your product. Other beneficial compounds such as terpenes and cannabinoids provide extra benefits.
Lastly, this is everything you need to know about your future choice of Cannabis oils and other products. Stay tuned to our website for more interesting cannabis-related news and articles.