Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD

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.

Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBDAnandamide 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.

Be Informed

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.

Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBDIn 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.

Do you have any experience with hemp derived CBD? Are you using a marijuana derived CBD product? We want to know your thoughts, so drop us a comment down below.


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20 thoughts on “Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD”

  1. Wow! I get it now. Good post! I have seen these people with the hemp product at my Farmers Market and wondered what the difference was.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Make sure you ask questions before purchasing any CBD oil online or at a farmers’ market.

    1. CBD is present in all marijuana and can be delivered by smoking weed as well. If you live where you can buy marijuana that lists the CBD:THC ratio, it’s easy to up the amount of CBD you consume. You can also add CBD as a supplement through the oils along with smoking marijuana. CBD does tend to lower some of the effects of THC, so it may inhibit some of the high from smoking weed. However, if you add the CBD at opposite times of the day, you shouldn’t inhibit any desired THC effects.

  2. Hello!

    I have heard CBD oil is incredible! In fact, one of my best friends recently tried it and loves it. Thanks for even more great information to help educate me on the matter! I think I may give it a go! I’ll also be sharing this post with friends!


    1. Glad you gained some insight into CBD with the article. I’ve yet to find one person who used a quality CBD product that was disappointed. The disappointment tends to come when someone pays big bucks for a low grade product. Thanks for sharing the article.

  3. Wow, Thank you for sharing this! Very insightful and valuable information. There is so much that people don’t know about hemp, myself included. I’m going to check out the rest of your post. This is interesting. Thanks Joe

    1. Thanks, Joe. I’m constantly learning more and more about marijuana and its benefits. It’s been in the shadows for so long and so many of the studies and articles are very difficult to understand. That’s a large part of why I started the blog. I want the information to be accessible to anyone.

  4. I live in New Zealand and we have a couple of places that sell CBD oil which is great however it needs to be everywhere so people can readily get good help from quality cbd oil
    Keep spreading the word

    1. You’re absolutely right, Vicki! Spreading the word about this plant and its benefits is what we’re all about here at Senior Weed Florida. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Love ur post on CBD very informative and I was wondering how would someone go about getting CBD so thanks for covering that in the article have a good night.

    1. Glad I could help. CBD is extremely beneficial and I love educating people on the topic. Thanks so much for the comment.

  6. Thanks for a very informative article. You have cleared up a lot of misconceptions about hemp vs marijuana. I just wish the USA would get its act together like Canada so it wasn’t so different going from one state to another. Really liked your article…well done!

    1. I honestly feel like we are getting closer every election cycle, especially with Medical Marijuana. But you are right, it’s very hard to go between the states, even if they both have medical use. I know that it creates hardships on our snowbirds (winter residents of Florida) when they need their medical marijuana to avoid harsher, toxic prescription drugs. I do hope that as we see how Canada progresses with its full repeal of prohibition, we will follow in their footsteps at a federal level. Thanks for the comment.

  7. Hi Susie
    Thank you for a very informative article. My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had spent over 10 years in this state of mind. It wasn’t until I started him on CBD oil that we saw a significant improvement in him thanks to CBD oil. I will definitely make a point of sharing this article.

    1. I’m happy you’ve had great results with CBD. We still keep so much information in the shadows, but there is hope. I just read an article about a UK study that came out this week. The article has the link at the bottom for the actual study results. I hope he continues to improve. Thanks for the comment.

  8. Insightful article. I did know the difference until now. I live in a place where such products are strictly banned. I do not intend to try them either. but its good to know more about this.

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