There's a lot of confusion when it comes to the differences between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD. JJ Southard, Vice President of Products at Damian Marley's Stony Hill Corp. (OTC:STNY) commented "It's vital for CBD consumers to know the differences for a multitude of reasons including efficacy, legality and more." Let's get back to basics and walk you through CBD, the two plants that contain it, and more.
What is Cannabidiol, a.k.a. CBD?
As of late, we're seeing boatloads more research and studies popping up in the news about how the cannabidiol, a.k.a. CBD can do to benefit one's health and wellness. CBD is somewhat of a wonder-cannabinoid with a plethora of benefits and no psychoactive effect (you won't get stoned from it). From seizures to inflamation, all of CBD's potential applications still have yet to be discovered. As one of the 110+ cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, many of these compounds are still in the infancy stage in terms of research. CBD on the other hand has been gaining in popularity as more and more people discover its benefits. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, having a positive influence on many aspects of one's body and mind.
Despite all of the widespread coverage, there is still a lot of confusion regarding the difference between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD. With many myths and misconceptions out there, we wanted to clear the air and provide CBD consumers with what they need to know. We are going to look at the argument for hemp CBD vs cannabis CBD. We’ll compare the differences between the two plants and how these differences affect the CBD oil derived from them. Also, we'll investigate how these variations of CBD oil will affect those who take it.
Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana
First, let’s go over the differences between the two plants that can be used to make CBD oil - hemp and marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana come from the plant species Cannabis sativa L. These two plants look different, however there's not too much of a hereditary difference between them. Hemp, being one of the oldest cash crops has been bread for years to maximize production for industrial and agricultural uses. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Ben Franklin all grew hemp, and the United States even used to let you pay your taxes with hemp.
Marijuana, grown for its flowers/buds for the purpose of smoking, or cannabinoid extraction, are generally shorter and wider like a bush. Industrial hemp, on the other hand, is tall and skinny as it is grown for it's strong fiber. Bred to have minimal if not 0% THC, hemp can still be very high in CBD. Marijuana however is often bred to have high levels of THC due to the psychoactive and analgesic (pain relieving) effects. THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, but they couldn't be less alike.
Marijuana CBD vs. Hemp CBD: Which One is Best?
As mentioned, the main difference when thinking about marijuana-derived CBD vs hemp-derived CBD come down to the plant differences more than the CBD oil/CBD extract. It's kinda like clover honey vs. orange blossom honey - there's a slight different in taste but they're both honey when it comes down to it. So what becomes the tie breaker? Legality.
To use medical marijuana, it has to be legal in the state that you live in as well as for the condition you have. As mentioned above, hemp-derived CBD is far more accessible and can be bought from many different places. Hemp-derived cannabidiol has also been shown to be safe to use by everyone including children, women that are pregnant or nursing, and those who want to use it as an alternative treatment to pharmaceuticals.
According to the experts at Stony Hill CBD, the CBD products division of Damian Marley's Stony Hill Corp., "Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses."
When making the decision between hemp CBD and marijuana CBD, hemp seems to be the best choice. As with any dietary supplement, start with a low dose to determine how it affects you. Since hemp-derived CBD products come in chew form, tincture form, topical lotion form and more - there's something for everyone.