Although hemp and marijuana technically come from the same plant species, they have a lot of differences that are often overlooked by those who are uneducated on their uses. Cannabis, in its many forms, has been a part of holistic human medicine for centuries. In broad terms, there are two main types of cannabis: marijuana and hemp. This blog post will be discussing the significant differences between marijuana and hemp, and why those differences are vital when you’re purchasing a CBD oil.
Resin Content and Intoxication
One of the most fundamental differences between marijuana and hemp is the resin content, which relates to how the plants are legally categorized. Industrial-grade hemp plants are deficient in resin and are often made into products such as paper or cloth. Marijuana plants are very high in resin and are typically used as a medicine, or recreationally as a drug. The resin is what indeed classifies the two plants as being a “drug” or not, and it’s what was important in the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
The resin contains THC and CBD, the two main cannabinoids in cannabis. THC is what produces a psychoactive effect when ingested, and CBD is typically regarded as the more therapeutic of the two compounds. Industrial-grade hemp plants are very low in resin, which also means they’re deficient in THC. Marijuana, on the other hand, is high in resin as well as THC. This difference is why marijuana will get you high while hemp will not. This information is vital when it comes to purchasing a CBD oil because cannabis oil is very different than a hemp-based CBD oil.
While a cannabis oil may contain a much higher THC content and produce a “head high,” CBD oil likely contains less than 0.3% THC and will not have any psychoactive effects. Also, marijuana contains far less CBD than industrial-grade hemp, meaning that a lot of the plant is required to extract a small amount of CBD. However, hemp contains CBD at a higher ratio to THC, so they produce incredibly different effects.
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial-grade hemp was federally legalized in all 50 states. This bill has made it possible for hemp to be purchased online or in non-dispensary stores nationwide and has made hemp much more accessible. By default, this also means that virtually any CBD oil made from hemp is also legal. You run no legal risk by possessing any hemp or CBD, and you will most likely pass a drug test even when actively using hemp. (Please note that a handful of states still have strict laws about hemp-based products. When in doubt, you should always check the regulations in your own region.)
Marijuana, on the other hand, is not federally legalized. Although it has recently been made legal in several states, it can only be purchased in dispensaries within these states and cannot be brought across state lines. This law proves very inconvenient for anyone who lives outside of these states or is required to have a medical marijuana card. You run a significant legal risk when carrying or using marijuana, including fines or even jail time. Buying cannabis oil is illegal in most states; you will most definitely fail a drug test if you have been actively using it.
Hopefully, this post has helped you decide on whether you want to buy a marijuana-based CBD oil or a hemp-based CBD oil. Whichever one you do choose to invest in, be sure to consult with your physician before starting to be sure it’s safe for you. Also, be sure to buy any cannabis product from a reputable website or dispensary.