The family name “Cannabis” is not known for its wide array of compounds. Instead, it is known for its most popular compound called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the well-known substance found in marijuana which is psychoactive and causes the “high” feeling in people who partake in marijuana.
On the other side of this coin there is CBD (Cannabidiol). This is a natural substance which has been obtained from hemp plants. There are over 104 compounds in cannabidiol, but unlike the THC found in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.
Scientifically, the compounds look almost identical when you place them together. Organically, they couldn’t be more different to the user. CBD hemp oil contains little to no THC, which does not cause a “high” in the user. At most, CBD contains 0.3% of THC, which is still not enough to produce any effects, and is also the legal limit for this type of product.
In fact, Ernest Small wrote The Species Problem in Cannabis which determined a very controversial topic within the community when he said,
“There is not any natural point at which the cannabinoid content can be used to distinguish strains of hemp and marijuana”.
Essentially, he scientifically proclaimed the 0.3% THC in hemp was the main difference which separated hemp oil from marijuana.
The reason this oil has become so effective is how the cannabinoids found in CBD oil mimic the endocannabinoids our body naturally produces. This oil communicates with the receptors in the brain (the liquid precursors and neurotransmitters) which tell our brain there’s endocannabinoids in the body. This communication between the postsynaptic and presynaptic triggers allow the CBD to travel backwards, doing what it needs to do to complete its task.
Pretty neat huh?
Hemp contains all kinds of great things like omega 3, omega 6, and they are very high in fatty acids which can prove beneficial to the user.
When you think of hemp and/or marijuana, you always lean towards the idea that these are mostly used in human consumption. While this is the major truth for marijuana, it’s not true for hemp.
Hemp is used in all kinds of different things that isn’t meant to be consumed by a human. For instance, hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials which can be incorporated into thousands of products people use every day.
The Main Differences of Hemp Oil
When you begin to understand the overall picture between hemp and marijuana, you can start to see smaller characteristics stand out more which make them different.
Some of these which stand out are the fact that hemp and marijuana are not the same plant. They are separate plants within the cannabis genus, and have very different characteristics.
Hemp has a low volume of THC and a high volume of cannabidiol. On the other end of this spectrum, marijuana has high volumes of THC and low volumes of CBD. Due to this high volume of THC, the marijuana plant offers psychotropic effects.
Finally, one of the most important aspects is marijuana and marijuana oil is regulated by different laws in each state, and in some, completely illegal to consume.
It’s important to stay updated on the legality of CBD oil, and I found a very informative article which shares the most recent laws in the United States. Remember, not all states have the same ideas as others. We can only hope that at some point in the near future, all CBD related products will be made available for those who need it or want to try alternatives to what they’re doing already.
In short, CBD isn’t marijuana. While it may be directly related, there are specific differences which make the two stand out.
The CBD/Hemp oil movement is consistently growing and becoming more popular. As the growth of this plant becomes more prevalent in the lives of wellness-minded individuals, more knowledge is needed to ensure you are consuming the best quality derived hemp oil on the market.