Hemp-derived CBD vs. marijuana-derived CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common cannabinoid, or chemical compound, found in the cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most common cannabinoid, CBD does not have any psychoactive properties.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are two varieties of the cannabis plant, but their cannabinoid makeups are different. Marijuana can contain up to 30 percent THC, while industrial hemp contains 0.3 percent THC or less (per dry weight). Concentrations of 0.3 percent or less have been determined to be negligible amounts, as it pertains to getting high.
Does CBD come from hemp or marijuana?
CBD oil can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana. The difference is that marijuana-derived CBD oil tends to have higher concentrations of THC, while hemp-derived CBD oil tends to have lower concentration. CBD oil with 0.3 THC percent or less is considered to come from hemp, and CBD oil with more than 0.3 percent THC is considered to come from marijuana.
What about the legality?
CBD falls in a legal grey area. Whether hemp-derived CBD oil is legal depends on who you talk to, but it is openly sold online and can be shipped throughout the country. The rules are a bit clearer when it comes to marijuana-derived CBD, which is illegal in states where medical and/or recreational marijuana remains illegal.