CBD from Hemp or Cannabis–What’s the Difference?

CBD, medical cannabis, hempChemically, CBD is CBD is CBD.  Even if you call it by it’s scientific name, cannabidiol, it’s still the same chemically whether it comes from a hemp or cannabis.  But that’s where the “sameness” ends.  In other words, the plant source makes the difference that matters.

Let’s start with hemp.  Hemp is amazing.  It’s nutritious, can be used as a fiber for clothing or paper, is strong enough to build structures, and has the awesome ability to clean up toxic land by absorbing the toxicity up through the root system.  Indeed, it’s this awesome toxicity absorption ability that makes hemp CBD a potential risk.  Unless the hemp is carefully sourced, the potential for toxic chemicals and/or metals to be found along with CBD in the tincture or topical or edible is relatively high.  And that’s a concern for people using CBD for medical reasons who want clean medicine.  The first concern is aggravated by the reality that CBD grows in hemp in lower concentrations, requiring more hemp for the same amount of CBD produced in cannabis… increasing the risk of heavy metals or toxic chemicals finding their way into the medicine as well.

hemp, CBD, medical cannabisThat’s the bad news about hemp CBD.  The good news: it’s available online in all 50 states.  That means people who have medical needs that would benefit from CBD can access it, regardless of the state laws regarding cannabis.  That’s the good news.  However, the good news makes it even more important to research the company and make sure the product has as much CBD as advertised and comes from a clean hemp source.

The good and bad news regarding CBD coming from cannabis is slightly reversed.  The good news: CBD benefits are supported and enhanced by the full array of cannabinoids found in cannabis.  More efficacy so less is needed.  And the blend of cannabinoids covers a wider array of benefits than CBD from hemp.  The bad news: some states haven’t established laws for the legal use of medical cannabis.  In these states, CBD from hemp is the only option.

Bottom line, if you can access a high CBD product from a clean source of cannabis (clean means grown using organic methods and processed without solvents,) then cannabis offers the most efficacious medical benefits.  If you aren’t able to access medical cannabis, then CBD from hemp is a good alternative IF you can find a source that uses organic growing methods and tests for heavy metals and other toxic materials that might be in the soil.

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49 Replies to “CBD from Hemp or Cannabis–What’s the Difference?”

  1. Thanks, that is helpful! I have talked to various people on this subject but didn’t have the full story to tell. Now I do.

    From what you say – I assume organically grown hemp could still have heavy metals?

    1. In my experience, I know of several people who say CBD helps them with headaches. One has MS and another has migraines and the third has gut issues.

      That said, it really depends upon the person’s unique configuration. I know another person that gets headaches and only finds relief with THC in conjunction with opiates… at least so far ; >) I do believe that a small amount of THC supports the efficacy of CBD, but–if that’s not accessible–I would certainly give it a go if it were me 😛

  2. Spot on with this write-up, I honestly think this amazing site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the information!

  3. Most people have heard of THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD. CBD appears to be helpful for many health conditions, including epilepsy, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. And while research is still in its early stages, doctors are generally supportive of CBD because it has very few side effects.

  4. This is a revolution in the medical field, it is very useful for human health. I also tell you it is possible… because it all depends upon the soil in which the hemp is planted.

  5. Fundamentally, the oil is removed from a plant and is helpful for individuals with stress, joint inflammation and numerous different conditions.

  6. In the course of recent years, CBD has been seeing a great deal of clients. CBD is likewise called Cannabidiol. CBD has various health advantages to offer. It is useful for patients with epilepsy, joint inflammation, back torment, tumors, and AIDS, just to give some examples.

  7. Thanks for explaining the difference between hemp CBD and cannabis CBD. My mom is thinking of using CBD. She takes medicine best when it is water soluble so getting some like that would be really helpful.

    1. Happy day, Jenna,
      Cannabinoids are molecularly partial to lipids. To get a water soluable source, you can go to isolates…. however (and it’s a big however,) isolates are missing essential cofactors that make the CBD effective. Good luck!
      Best to you,

  8. CBD oil made from both hemp and from cannabis flower. While hemp oil contains only about 3.5 percent CBD, high-quality cannabis CBD oil contains up to 20 percent CBD.

  9. I find it interesting. Just a few years ago, it was relatively unknown. These days, however, it is literally everywhere you look in Southern California. Would I be surprised if Starbucks started serving a CBD latte in 2021? Not at all!

  10. Awesome writing! CBD is the best ingredient of the cannabis plant. It does not have any psychoactive element that makes you high. You will have several ways to take CBD in your body. You can use CBD oil in cooking, CBD capsule, and other CBD products. Thanks!

  11. Amazing Post!

    I really enjoyed your content and also love to read it. I always get confused between cbd and Cannabis but your informative blog cleared my confusion.

  12. Cannabinoids are molecularly partial to lipids. To get a water soluable source, you can go to isolates…. however (and it’s a big however,) isolates are missing essential cofactors that make the CBD effective.

  13. Thanks for the info. Very helpful to have the difference made clear between hemp and cannabis. A lot of really good medical research is being done now that hemp is legal federally.

  14. The difference has been nicely explained. It proves that you spent considerable time while doing the research. Anyway, thanks for your endeavor!

  15. Thank you for the clarification. You described the difference between Hemp, CBD, and Cannabis. Really trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading.

  16. Thanks for the clarification between the two. I have been doing a lot of research on CBD and talking with a lot of people about it. It is amazing how many people do not realize they are two totally different oils. And that each one has its own benefits.

  17. My dad is thinking about trying some CBD so that he can be safer and he can try something that will help his leg muscles. Getting something like that from a professional could be really useful and allow him to try and reduce the pain. I’ll be sure to tell him about how he can get a wider array of benefits from cannabinoids than hemp and make sure to get it from a clean source.

  18. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in cannabis, many of which are cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have been linked to providing relief of chronic pain due to their chemical makeup.

  19. Awesome writing! CBD is the best ingredient of the cannabis plant. It does not have any psychoactive element that makes you high. You will have several ways to take CBD in your body.

  20. This article is very helpful. I have read a lot of articles about cannabis but this one is informative. I agree with what you have said in this article. Keep posting!

  21. I have been reading a lot about CBD oil since quite some time and my interest is to find a better and more effective solution for the chronic pain especially that is found in the autonomic disorders. I am encouraged by your article to try it out in the cases of Chronic pain.

  22. Thanks for explaining the difference between the two. I really thought there was no difference at all until I have found and read this post. This post is indeed very informative and helpful.

  23. This is really helpful! I really want to use CBD for my migraines but I think the main blocker for me is finding the right source of CBD. Which company provides the best possible CBD options to chose from. There are so many CBD manufacturing companies and the decision is not easy. Can you suggest some?

    1. If your state allows for the sale of cannabis, I recommend CBD from cannabis over hemp as hemp is more likely to absorb environmental pollutants. And use whole plant CBD rather isolate–the synergy of whole plant is more effective.
      Best to you,

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  25. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blogs that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free.

  26. This post highlights the differences between CBD sourced from hemp and cannabis. While chemically CBD is the same regardless of the source, the plant source matters because of the potential for toxic chemicals and metals to contaminate hemp CBD products. However, hemp CBD is available online in all 50 states, making it a good alternative for those who cannot access medical cannabis. On the other hand, cannabis offers more efficacious medical benefits due to the full array of cannabinoids present, but access may be limited in some states. Ultimately, it’s important to research the company and ensure that the CBD product comes from a clean source.

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