November 22, 2018 | HEMP VS CBD
By, Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC
There is a lot of noise currently reverberating across the United States market, in relation to Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD, which is the primary non psychoactive chemical present within the cannabis plant, is considered to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of numerous conditions ranging from chronic pain to epilepsy. The results of CBD and its efficiency in treating pains of all sorts are not hidden from anyone.
Patients being treated with CBD believe that compared to all other compounds hosted by the cannabis plant, CBD has the most benefits to offer. However, what most of them do not realize is that this efficient product comes in two versions within the market. One form of CBD is created through the use of hemp, while the other one is made from marijuana.
What is the Difference?
Very few people know the difference, so we will introduce them here. But before we get to explain this difference, it is important to understand what CBD really is. CBD is one of the 100 natural cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. During the last couple of years, we have seen multiple reports validating the medicinal power of this component present within the marijuana plant. CBD became a common fixture in the market when people saw how compatible the drug was in reducing the occurrence of seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. The component helped achieve this without getting the children stoned.
Several states across the country have passed CBD laws to ensure that sick children get the help they require from the product. However, the federal government, the helm of all regulations, still considers CBD as an illegal drug. Yet, one can easily find CBD related products at retail shelves across the country, even in areas and states that completely prohibit it.
CBD differs from hemp and from marijuana because of the way in which it is acquired. Marijuana is usually harvested for the buds since they contain the psychoactive properties known to create the ultimate effect of being stoned. On the contrary, with hemp, the stalk and the seeds are targeted. These plants have very little THC in them, which does not make anyone high. In fact, the plant must have less than 0.3 percent of THC for it to be considered hemp and not cannabis.
Overall, the THC content in both the CBD Oil and Hemp Oil is generally low; however, it is the content of CBD within these two oils that creates the difference. Hemp oil comes with some traces of CBD, while CBD oil has a CBD content of over 20 percent. It is this higher concentration of CBD that makes CBD oil such a quick fix. And considering that CBD oil carries the entourage effect, something which hemp oil cannot boast of, we can pick out CBD oil as a clear choice for patients looking for options of Medical Marijuana.