At the core, there is absolutely no difference between CBD obtained from either type of plant or alternately synthesized in a lab. However, different methods of processing either variety can significantly alter the final CBD content and product.
For example, because hemp and marijuana are very efficient bioaccumulators, it is important to ensure the plants are grown organically to avoid your consuming the harmful chemicals used during the growing process. Also, was the CBD extracted using high heat? In hemp-derived CBD, high heat destroys the integrity of using the whole plant and can decrease the potency and nutritional content of the final product. Finally, avoid CBD products made from isolates that in some cases have been proven to cause health issues, and may negate their whole-plant benefits.
THC vs CBD: What is the Difference?
Though both cannabinoids are found in marijuana and hemp plants at different levels of concentration, THC and CBD differ greatly in terms of benefits and side effects. The body has a large regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is comprised of many receptors throughout the body. These receptors can be activated either by the body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids or by commercial cannabinoids such as THC and CBD.
That is why consuming cannabinoids such as THC and CBD has such a profound effect on the body. Although THC and CBD differ in the way they interact with the receptors in the ECS, both primarily interact with two receptors, CB1 and CB2. Unlike THC, though, CBD does not bind directly to the receptors.
Because CBD does not directly bind to the receptors, it is not psychoactive. That is the biggest difference between CBD and THC, the latter the producer of significant psychological effects.
Hemp vs Marijuana:
Plants with high levels of THC remain illegal at the federal level, although state laws vary. This means marijuana-derived CBD is not legal in all 50 states.
On the other hand, hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states, because it is virtually void of THC. There are numerous online sources for hemp-derived CBD, and it can be purchased at some local retailers. However, even in states where medical and/or recreational marijuana is legal, finding hemp-derived CBD can be extremely difficult, considering that most growers still focus on high levels of THC rather than CBD.