CBD is a hot topic these days. With the medical world embracing this cannabinoid medicinal property, consumers are left with a plethora of questions. One of these questions revolves around whether Hemp-derived CBD and Cannabis Derived CBD are the same? Which one is better?
Today, we’ll be answering all of these questions and also to help provide some clarity to all future CBD consumers.
But first, let’s take a closer look at CBD by itself.
What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that can be found within the cannabis plant. CBD, unlike THC [the psychoactive cannabinoid], won’t get you high.
Cannabidiol provides many health benefits from relieving pain, reducing inflammation, anti-tumor effects, anti-depressant properties, anxiolytic properties, anti-epileptic properties and much more.
The FDA recently approved a CBD-based drug to help treat childhood epilepsy such as Dravet’s Syndrome which is difficult to treat with conventional pharmaceuticals.
It is due to these medical discoveries that CBD has gained significant strides within the medical community. People are especially interested in this cannabinoid due to the fact that it doesn’t have any euphoric side effects.
Is there a difference between Hemp CBD and Cannabis CBD?
While technically CBD derived from hemp is exactly the same as CBD derived from the cannabis plant, the only difference comes down to THC levels.
Within the hemp plant, you’ll find less than .3% of THC within the plant once fully matured.
Conversely, cannabis plants (females) can have up to 30% THC depending on the strain. Strains that focus on CBD extraction, such as Charlotte’s Web, have been bred to have low amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD. They have managed to get up to 16% CBD in certain strains.
Which one is better?
To answer the question, “which one is better”, it really boils down to legality. Products containing less than .3% THC are virtually legal all over the world. Meaning that
However, with Hemp products, you are only getting the CBD and very little THC. On the contrary, with cannabis-derived CBD you’ll have a higher count of THC within the mix. Cannabinoids work together to produce greater medical value — this is known as the entourage effect.
Researchers have found that when there is a 1:1 ratio between CBD and THC, the medical benefits are greatly improved. This is especially true for people suffering from insomnia, pain management, anxiety and other stress-related conditions.
Thus, technically cannabis-derived CBD will have a greater medical effect on the user. However, if it means that you have to risk your liberty to obtain those medical benefits, hemp derived CBD become the more optimal choice.
While technically CBD is CBD, the source [hemp or cannabis] will indicate how much THC is within it. For those still living in prohibition states, best bet would be to get your hands on Hemp derived CBD. For those who are living within legal cannabis states, we recommend cannabis-derived CBD.
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