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What’s the Difference Between CBD from Hemp vs. Marijuana?

By October 23, 2018 No Comments

The most common misconception we at Brookside Holistic Solutions encounter is that CBD derived from Hemp and CBD from marijuana are one and the same. This is definitely not the case. Let’s take a closer look at the facts.

The Basics

Let’s start with the plant itself: Cannabis sativa.

Hemp and Marijuana are both varieties of Cannabis sativa. One has psychoactive properties (marijuana) while hemp does not.

Think about mushrooms. Some are safe to eat and offer benefits to the body, much like CBD. Others are psychoactive, like marijuana, which typically contains 20% psychoactive THC. They are simply different varieties of a plant type.

The Details

Cannabis contains more than 400 chemical compounds, 113 of which are cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have a direct effect on the body through specific cannabinoid receptors in our cells, which are naturally produced in the body. Our cannabinoid system helps to regulate our physiology, mood and daily life experience.

Of the 113 cannabinoids, the best known is THC. THC is what causes the high and altered state of consciousness that sometimes comes from marijuana.

Another cannabinoid that is making waves across the U.S. is CBD, which is easily extracted from the cannabis plant as cannabis oil. CBD’s psychotropic properties are nearly non-existent (.3% to be exact). The health benefits of CBD are impressive, including but not limited to:

  • Reduction in cancerous tumor growth
  • Minimization of seizures in children
  • Reduction in inflammation
  • Pain relief
  • Therapeutic relief
  • Nausea reduction
  • Inflammation relief
  • Depression relief
  • Diabetes issues

Another difference between CBD from Hemp versus CBD from Cannabis has to do with legalities. On a federal level in the United States, CBD is legal in all 50 states. Remember that mushroom reference?

Despite their similar chemical compositions, CBD from Hemp is extremely different than that of marijuana.

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We invite you to stop into our newly opened shop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri to learn more about how CBD can help you!