Hemp CBD Vs Cannabis CBD: There's a Difference
Are hemp CBD and cannabis CBD significantly different? Are these differences likely to affect the way you use them? SolCBD explains the finer details.
While the cannabinoid (CBD) industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds in terms of positive research findings, and discoveries of new medicinal or therapeutic applications; there is a significant rift forming between the hemp derived CBD and the cannabis derived CBD businesses. There are so many questions and accusations between these two sides that it is important to delve deeper; identify exactly what these differences are; and look into why these two similar but separate therapies are different in terms of processing, chemical make-up, benefits, and side-effects. The questions we are examining are by no means exhaustive, but should offer you a basic understanding of the most essential differences.
Where do Hemp CBD and Cannabis CBD come from?
Both hemp and cannabis originate from the Cannabis Sativa plant (although some marijuana originates from the Cannabis Indica plant). Depending on the purpose the variety is being grown for, growers will focus the plant’s activity either on the buds, flowers and high THC levels for medical cannabis; or on the stalks, high oil content, and low THC levels for industrial hemp production.
At the core, there is absolutely no difference between CBD obtained from either type of plant, or alternately synthesized in a lab. However, during processing of either variety, the differing methods can significantly alter the final CBD content and product. For example, it is important to ensure the plants are grown organically to avoid the harmful chemicals used during the growing process from being transferred into your system upon consumption. Also, was the CBD extracted using high-heat? This can decrease the potency and nutritional content of the final product. In hemp CBD, high-heat will destroy the integrity of using the whole plant. Finally, avoid CBD products made from Isolates which, in some cases, have been proven to cause health issues and again may negate the benefits of a whole-plant extract.
What are the Legal Differences?
The difference between THC levels in a hemp Cannabis Sativa plant and a marijuana Cannabis Sativa also plays a large role in determining whether it is legal in the United States or not. Although high levels of THC remain illegal, low level THC plants, hemp, are legally able to be imported for processing into other materials. Hemp CBD is legal in all 50 states, and can easily be found online; whereas cannabis CBD remains illegal at the federal level and could pose significant legal barriers for those trying to source online. Even in states where marijuana is legal, finding CBD cannabis oil locally can be extremely difficult considering most growers still focus on high levels of THC, rather than high levels of CBD.
What are the Differences in Side-effects?
The side effects related to cannabis derived CBD are one of the most common reasons why people move towards hemp derived CBD products. Hemp CBD typically contains 0.3% – 1.5% THC, while cannabis CBD contains upwards of 20% THC. Cannabis CBD based products too can contain quite high levels of THC, and subsequently lead to many unwanted side-effects which are typically associated with smoking marijuana. This includes changes in appetite, heart rate, blood pressure as well as an increase in paranoia for some users. On the other hand, hemp CBD has little to no reported side effects, even under extensive research. It has also been found that CBD naturally decreases the negative side-effects of THC within the mind and body. It effectively targets the CB-1 receptors which THC locks into, and kicks out the THC molecule.
Hemp CBD has been found to be safe for use by nearly everyone, including children, seniors, as well as pregnant and nursing women. Interestingly, hemp CBD has anecdotally been found to successfully treat pets. On the other hand, because of its significant side-effects, cannabis CBD typically is not suggested for pregnant women, children and use while working in specific professions (ex: heavy equipment operation, driving, etc). It is especially not recommended for use on pets, considering there have been a few reported cases of death.
What are the differences in Medicinal or Therapeutic Applications?
Cannabis CBD, despite its side-effects, does have important medicinal applications. Specifically, it has been proven extremely useful for AIDS or cancer patients going through chemotherapy or other harsh traditional treatments. It has also been found to be a natural pain-reliever, and has been assisting people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Hemp CBD on the other hand has far-reaching applications without the side-effects. Anything from boosting overall health for skin, hair and mood to specific applications for serious illnesses like Crohn's disease, Parkinson’s, and some forms of epilepsy, only to name a few. It has been successfully used to treat mood-disorders like depression and anxiety. Finally, and perhaps most excitingly, it has been found to have anti-cancer tendencies, by targeting tumor growth.