Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD
There is a lot of talk about effectiveness of CBD coming from hemp vs cannabis.
Let's unpack this and explore the facts.
First, I must say that while we sell hemp derived CBD, we fully understand the power of THC and its effectiveness for certain conditions.
Secondly, if you haven't done so already, please read about the plant itself in our post: What's The Difference Between Hemp & Cannabis
The bottom line here is we're talking about Cannabis Sativa L. when referring to "Hemp" or "Marijuana".
Think of a tomato plant.
Now imagine the tomato growing on it.
You may have imagined a large heirloom tomato or maybe a small cherry tomato.
Both of those tomatoes contain pretty much the same nutrients. Of course there will be some variation and breeders can choose to express one trait over another.
No different with Cannabis Sativa L.
I'm going to get a little geeky here but stick with me...
It comes down to the the "chemovar" or "chemotype" of the Cannabis Sativa L. It's essentially the type or variety of the plant. Here's the definition:
A chemotype (sometimes called chemovar) is a chemically distinct entity in a plant or microorganism, with differences in the composition of the secondary metabolites. Minor genetic and epigenetic changes with little or no effect on morphology or anatomy may produce large changes in the chemical phenotype.
Simply put, a chemotype is derived from a plant that has the same appearance and characteristics but has chemical differences.
Chemotype differs throughout the world and between what has come to be falsely differentiated as "marijuana" and "hemp".
Again, it is the same plant and the only major true difference is the THC content of the plant.
All other cannabinoids and terpenes etc. will differ between the chemotype of both categories.
There are many marijuana chemovars that have THC as the highest component. Alternatively, it could be seen as the same as some hemp chemovars that have CBD as the highest component.
Domestic "hemp" is marijuana that was bred to be higher in CBD and lower than 0.3% THC so therefore now is by definition "Hemp".
All else stays the same in the plant.
That being said, the "entourage effect" is in effect in both plants. The "entourage effect" is the role that other molecules in cannabis have in conjunction with the main cannabinoids (CBD/THC).
Worth Repeating: THC is important and in some conditions is required.
The takeaway here is that both plants have the beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids, the difference being levels of THC and CBD.
The Critical Importance Of Growth & Extraction
Another extremely important thing to keep in mind here is how the plant is grown, the conditions, and the extraction methods.
Hemp pulls environmental toxins and must be grown in pristine conditions without use of pesticides and other chemicals. SOL✿CBD is grown in Northern Europe where the air is clean and the soil is mineral rich. No chemicals are used - ever!
Extraction should be one that maintains plant integrity. Some chemical extraction methods like butane or pentane strip the plant of vital nutrients. CO2 extraction is the best method and the one we use. It's more expensive but we feel the cost of stripping nutrients is higher - many other manufacturers do not.
The Bottom Line
The overall view that CBD coming from cannabis is superior is not supported by any data and represents a typical ignorant view perpetuated by the THC industry.