What is the difference?
Both hemp CBD and Cannabis CBD come from the same mother plant, Cannabis Sativa L. So, what is the difference? The mother plant is responsible for creating brother and sister plants. In this case, the brother plant is hemp and the sister plant is marijuana.
The brother hemp plant is used to create hemp CBD, which is mainly composed of CBD and less than 0.3% of THC. The brother plant does not have any buds.
The sister marijuana plant does grow buds and this increases the amount of THC. The CBD helps to counteract the psychoactive effects and side effects. Users don’t not experienced the high or adverse effects like anxiety.
Benefits and Drawbacks
Hemp CBD is within the legal limit of products containing CBD (0.3% or less), so it is legal in all 50 states and readily available to those desiring the benefits. CBD is able to bind to CB-1 and CB-2 receptors, which allows it to provide advantages to multiple systems within the body. CBD alone provides the endocannabinoid system with enough cannabinoids to create balance with mood, sleep, pain, inflammation and anxiety. It is also used to help reduce seizures and is a good alternative for children due to its low levels of THC. CBD is not psychoactive, so it will not produce any kind of high in the user.
Cannabis CBD contains both THC and CBD. In this instance, the THC is higher (more than 0.3%) and this means that the product is not legal in most states. While the CBD neutralizes most psychoactive effects, THC can still create side effects like anxiety in some users. A majority of users experience the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect.” This means that the THC and CBD work together and boost each other within the endocannabinoid system.
Products containing a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC have shown the most effectiveness for a plethora of conditions. Some of this issues include chronic pain, insomnia, fibromyalgia, etc. Users reported feeling calm, relaxed, tranquil and only mildly euphoric. Due to having a higher percentage of THC, a product with a 1:1 ratio are only available in dispensaries and may require a person to have a medical marijuana card. Generally, people receiving these products have debilitating conditions.
For people who are unable to access cannabis CBD, have adverse reactions to higher levels of THC or want additional benefits in their hemp CBD have more choices. Other alternatives including finding quality whole plant hemp CBD and products containing terpenes. Whole plant CBD is within the limit of less than 0.3% THC, so it is legal across the United States. Whole plant contains other cannabinoids which all serve a purpose within balancing the endocannabinoid system. Terpenes are aromatic compounds that are naturally occurring essential oils. Terpenes work with cannabinoids to create entourage effect in users. Not only do they give the oil a distinct aroma and flavor, but terpenes are advantageous in their own right. A few examples of terpenes’ benefits include the ability to reduce depression and anxiety, increase concentration and cognitive functioning and have antioxidant properties.