Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD? There’s so much buzz about CBD (for good reason). You may find yourself wondering about the differences between the two. Both are Cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. But, while they are the same, there are differences.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant. It was discovered in the 1940’s along with CBN (Cannabinol). It is non-psychotropic, meaning it will not get you high or change your state of mind. CBD has very little direct effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system. CBD directs how our own endocannabinoids interact with our body.
To help understand, let’s look at anandamide. Anandamide is a cannabinoid compound made by the body. It is a neurotransmitter. Anandamide is produced to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Anandamide helps regulate pain. It is broken down by an enzyme called FAAH. (FAAH=Fatty acid amide hydrolase.) When the bloodstream has lower levels of anandamide, we are more susceptible to pain. When you have higher levels of anandamide in the bloodstream, it reduces the amount of pain you feel.
But how does CBD have anything to do with it? Well, CBD inhibits the enzyme FAAH so you have more anandamide present in the body. When you have higher levels of anandamide, you feel less pain.
(Anandamide also has a direct influence on mood, appetite, reward, and other functions. It is named after the Sanskrit wood Ananda, which means bliss.)
Where Does CBD Come From
Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants. They both contain CBD. However, marijuana contains more CBD than hemp.
Hemp has a THC concentrate below 0.3%. Marijuana has a THC concentrate between 5-35%. Hemp plants produce trace amounts of CBD. Marijuana can contain up to 20% CBD by dry weight. This means that marijuana can yield much more CBD per plant than hemp. Using huge amounts of hemp to get a small amount of CBD means more exposure to any contaminants. That means more fertilizers, insecticides, and by products may be in the product.
High CBD strains of marijuana not only yield more CBD. They also tend to come with a host of terpenes and other beneficial cannabinoids. This leads to the all-important entourage effect.
The Rise of Snake Oil
As you hear more buzz about CBD, you will find it in more places. Farmers’ Markets, vape shops, health stores, and internet websites all have tons of CBD products. You can even find CBD SOLD HERE signs on Amazon.
Often the CBD oil is mislabeled or has been extracted using harmful methods. There is no regulation of how CBD is processed, packaged, or sold by the FDA. The only regulation the FDA puts on CBD is that it must not be marketed with any claims that it cures a disease. In November, 2017 the FDA sent warning letters to some companies that marketed their CBD with claims to cure or treat cancer.
In Florida with a Medical Marijuana Compassionate Care card or other Medical Use States
When purchasing CBD products at a Florida dispensary, ask a lot of questions. Each product should state the ratio of CBD to THC. You should be able to find out how the CBD is extracted and any extra ingredients in the product.
In all 50 states or without a Medical Marijuana card-
- Source- Know where the hemp is grown. Ideally the CBD is extracted from organically grown hemp within the USA.
- Testing- is it tested for pesticides, purity, cannabinoid profiles, and residual solvents? Is it tested by the manufacturer alone or do they use a third party impartial lab for testing?
- Processing- how is the CBD processed? Are harsh chemicals used? Is it non-toxic? Is it environmentally friendly?
- Labeling- Does the product tell you the exact amount of CBD in each dose/serving?
Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD
Hands down, Marijuana derived CBD products are superior to most hemp CBD products. Yet, there are still good CBD products derived from hemp on the market. You have to do a little research. And when it comes to your health and the benefits of CBD, your research can pay off.
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