Cannabidiol can be derived from two plants: marijuana and industrial hemp. Marijuana is sometimes referred to as medical cannabis. Both hemp CBD and the cannabidiol extracted from the marijuana plant are different in many regards. The first point of difference is regarding the legal status of both products.
Marijuana Versus Hemp CBD: The Legality
Selling the industrial hemp derivative has legally been allowed in every American state ever since the enactment of the so-called ‘Farm Bill’ in 2018. This law defines hemp as a plant containing less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol. Marijuana has more amount of THC than it. Therefore, it can have a mind-altering effect on the user. This is why marijuana is not legal in all US states. The same goes for marijuana CBD.
Hemp Vs Marijuana-Based CBD: The Components
Every hemp-derived CBD product has more cannabidiol than other phytocannabinoids. Therefore, many manufacturers describe these as ‘CBD-dominant’ items. These will not have more THC than cannabidiol content unless the manufacturer violates the law. The same may or may not be the case with the CBD derived from marijuana. In other words, the latter version of cannabidiol products may have more THC than the other phytocannabinoid. This brings us to our next point in this comparison post.
Hemp Vs Marijuana CBD: The Effects
Both products have rather similar effects when it comes to treating health issues. You are more likely to find the full spectrum of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and other herbal components in a marijuana derivative than hemp. This means more marijuana derivatives will have the useful effect of multiple phytocannabinoids working in synergy, known as the ‘entourage effect’. Full-spectrum hemp CBD products will also have this effect.
Marijuana use may result in a psychoactive effect, which most users describe as a ‘high’. So the same applies to the CBD that comes to the market as a marijuana derivative. Whether you will have the effect or not depends on how much marijuana you use. On the other hand, you should not be having this effect after using the hemp-derived cannabidiol.
Any marijuana derivative’s side effects outnumber the undesirable, secondary effects of hemp cannabidiol. That said, we would like to clarify that this post is not an avenue to opine which one is better of the two. You may decide it for yourselves depending on the kind of health condition you have and the appropriate effect for it.