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Hemp, Marijuana, CBD: What’s the Difference?
If you’re not already familiar with these terms, you may confuse them as all being the same.
The truth is they all have similarities. But there’s some key differences too.
Marijuana is currently fully legal for any purpose in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, and the District of Columbia. And it’s gaining more steam every year.
Marijuana, if you’ve never tried it, has between 15-40% THC, the active compound with psychoactive effects that causes you to feel “high.” It’s typically used recreationally or for medicinal purposes.
Hemp, on the other hand, contains .3% or less THC, which doesn’t cause a high. And typically it’s used for industrial purposes like making rope or clothing. It’s one of the strongest substances on all the earth. It only recently is getting used more frequently because antiquated laws did not allow farmers to grow it for decades.
Where Does CBD Fit Into All This?
“CBD oil,” as you hear it called, refers to the cannabidiol found in both marijuana and hemp. CBD is found in much higher concentrations in marijuana. But since marijuana produces a high, it’s highly regulated.
Hemp-based CBD oils contain only around 3.5% CBD, which is such a low concentration that it does you practically no good. Marijuana-based CBD oils can have up to 20% CBD.
Marijuana-based CBD oil has been shown to reduce seizure frequency in epileptic children. And it has a number of other medicinal uses. However, since it produces a high, states in general choose to regulate the living daylights out of it.
What Does This Mean to You?
The legal kind of hemp-based CBD oil that you see sold on store shelves or online isn’t going to help you too much. You may hear drastic claims of what it can do for you. But don’t buy into them too much.
If you live in a state where you can get marijuana-based CBD oil legally, and you’re comfortable with getting a high and a risk of addiction, you can try CBD oil to help with health problems. CBD oil has been claimed to protect against diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, social anxiety, and a whole host of other health problems.
However, the only one with real scientific backing is CBD oil’s ability to help with childhood epilepsy. And, there’s not any regulation regarding the marketing of CBD oil. So, any old person could put it on their store shelves and claim CBD oil makes you live another 50 years, and regulators could do nothing.
Long story short, that’s the gist of hemp, marijuana, and CBD. So now you can make the wisest decision for your own situation.