There are two strains of the Cannabis plant: Hemp and Marijuana. Although marijuana and hemp can both come from the Cannabis plant, they’re distinctly different. The differences in their chemical composition is what makes them both unique. Both Hemp and Marijuana contain hundred of different cannabinoids, but the amounts of each cannabinoid vary greatly between Hemp and Marijuana.
So, why does this matter?
The two most notable cannabinoids are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). While these compounds are found in both Hemp and Marijuana, the concentrations of them vary greatly. Marijuana has a high concentration of THC. THC is the compound that causes the “high” or intoxicating effect. In marijuana, THC levels can reach up to 30%.
Hemp, on the other hand has less than 0.3% THC, so it is considered non-intoxicating. However, Hemp contains significant amounts CBD. CBD is a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid, and its interaction with receptors in the central nervous system and immune system offers therapeutic benefits, creating balance in the body.
As the CBD market continues to flourish, finding reliable information can be overwhelming. Before you buy a bottle of CBD oil or a jar of CBD salve, understanding what CBD is and where it comes from can help you make more a informed purchase decision. Whether you’re new to the CBD market, or you’ve been buying products for years, getting the answers to a few important questions is vital to make sure you’re selecting the products made best for you. Always make sure any CBD product you purchase has a QR code or website link to the CBD lab test results or Certificates of Analysis (COA’s)