Cannabis CBD and Hemp CBD: Which One to Choose?

Is there actually a difference between cannabis CBD and hemp CBD?


It feels like everywhere you look, there are more and more shops popping up that offer hemp CBD. In fact, in states where marijuana hasn’t been legalized, hemp CBD is being sold everywhere and it's growing in popularity.





An Introduction to Cannabis CBD and Hemp CBD


Is hemp CBD actually different from cannabis CBD, and if so, which one should you use? In this post, we break down the chemical differences between the two options to help you understand which one may be right for you.


What Is CBD?


“CBD” might be the new buzzword in the wellness industry, but it actually provides excellent results for those who need relief. CBD is short for “cannabidiol,” which can be used to help people with the symptoms associated with:


  • Anxiety

  • Pain

  • Nausea

  • Depression

  • Post traumatic stress disorder


One of the reasons that CBD is growing in popularity is because it purports to be “non psychoactive”. The psychoactive compound that people typically associate with cannabis comes from tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. This is the compound of marijuana that provides people with the traditional “high.”


CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are federally legal, but there are still some state laws that prohibit the substance. We recommend checking local legislation while traveling with CBD products to avoid running into any unexpected trouble.


What About Hemp?


Though hemp products are growing in popularity, hemp itself is definitely not new on the scene. People have been growing hemp and using hemp products for hundreds of years. Hemp is actually a specific type of Cannabis sativa, just with very low THC content.


While there is THC present in hemp, Cannabis sativa plants have less than 0.3% THC, which is why hemp products are federally legal. Most farmers and producers are allowed to grow the plant legally across the country.


Since hemp plants have very low levels of THC, they do not create the psychoactive high that is associated with marijuana. However, processed hemp (such as tinctures or gummies) can still cause relaxation and euphoria, depending on the type of hemp and how it is manufactured.


In general, the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant are used to make all of the trendy CBD products that you’ve been hearing about.


Hemp CBD vs. Cannabis CBD: Differences and Similarities


Now that you understand a little bit more about hemp and CBD, let’s do a deep dive into the differences between hemp CBD and cannabis CBD.


As stated above, both cannabis and hemp plants contain CBD and THC. In fact, there are over 540 other compounds included!


What’s the difference?


Basically, it comes down to the concentration of THC and CBD in each product. With that being said, another difference is the legal status of each product in the United States. Because hemp plants and hemp products are federally legal, hemp CBD is also legal - assuming that it has less that 0.3% THC.


It’s true that CBD can encourage feelings of relaxation, depending on the product and how it’s produced, but it’s going to contain far less THC compared to cannabis CBD. There is also not enough THC in hemp CBD to cause the same “high” experienced with marijuana.


Hemp plants will naturally contain more CBD, so hemp CBD is the primary option for most manufacturers, especially from a legal perspective. Cannabis CBD, on the other hand, can contain more THC, exceeding the federal 0.3% limit.


If you live in a state that has legalized medical marijuana, however, you may be able to find cannabis CBD at a dispensary near you.


How to Find CBD Hemp and CBD Cannabis


If you search “dispensary near me,” you will be able to find reliable pot shops like American Mary that carry cannabis CBD.


Dosage and Products


When it comes to hemp CBD, the most popular product on the market is CBD hemp oil. These typically come with a dropper. Depending on the size of the dropper, you will take a full dose or half of the dropper (most of the time ½ of the dropper). The suggested use is to hold the oil for 60-90 seconds under the tongue before swallowing.


CBD cannabis, however, because of its higher THC content, must be purchased in a state that has legalized medical or recreational marijuana.


There are many popular products such as the vape oil cartridges, which provide a discreet way to vape concentrated cannabis oils. This particular product is very potent, so is only designed to be puffed for 2-3 seconds at a time.


CBD edibles are a very popular choice when looking for an easy, no-measure dosage. However, it can take up to an hour for edibles to take full effect.


If you’re brand new to cannabis CBD, you might want to start with pre-rolls. These are just what they sound like - rolled joints with cannabis CBD flower.


Instead of a heavy dose of THC as associated with marijuana pre-rolls, CBD joints tend to be less “harsh”, and they only provide a relaxing feeling, rather than a high. The typical dosage in a CBD pre-roll is around ½ gram to 1 gram.


In general, the Indica strain of CBD flower is more calming and relaxing, whereas Sativa is generally more euphoric or invigorating. There are also hybrid strains that give the best of both worlds!


Talk to a Budtender at American Mary


Still have questions?


Seattle dispensaries such as American Mary have budtenders who are experts in the products that they sell. You can view CBD pre-rolls on the American Mary menu online, but if you have any other questions, budtenders can help point you in the right direction.

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