Comparing CBD vs. Hemp Oil
“There are at least 50 shades of green in the emerging industry of medical cannabis.” So says my good friend who has a great deal of experience and is well-read on the subject of hemp oil.
I concur. Seems like there is so much to learn, it is like drinking from a fire hose.
On top of that, common misconceptions or points of confusion regarding cannabis derived oil abound. One example is found in naming conventions. There are hundreds of different products calling themselves either:
- CBD oil
- Hemp oil
- Cannabis oil
- Marijuana oil
- …or some other creative variations you might see.
No wonder the average consumer is confused!
Another difficulty is that laws differ between states, counties, sometimes even cities. For this reason, becoming well versed in the world of cannabis can be likened to learning a new language that constantly changes due to constantly evolving legalities & regulations.
In this post, the goal is to define the difference between hemp and cannabis.
“Hemp” technically is the cannabis sativa plant, bred to have very little THC. The compound THC is the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. Psychoactive meaning it is the compound that gives the “high” feeling experienced by consumers. In order to be classified as hemp, the plant must contain less than .3% THC.
The exciting thing about hemp is that it can be selectively cultivated to have varying levels of its different compounds. For example, hemp with up to 40% Cannabidiol (CBD) is successfully grown and harvested. As a reminder, CBD is the non-psychoactive compound, which actually neutralizes THC, in hemp. Cannabidiol has been shown to have a powerful regulatory effect on the endocannabinoid system, which helps support the nervous system and immune function in the body, to name just a couple benefits.