To the untrained eye, hemp and marijuana are nearly indistinguishable from one another. This might explain why hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD can be so difficult to tell apart once they hit the market. But for those familiar with cannabis sativa by-products, the differences are plentiful.
Let’s begin with a crash course in hemp and marijuana. For starters, they’re both derived from the cannabis sativa species, a plant genus that breeds thousands of different varieties of cannabis. They both contain cannabinoids: active chemical compounds that react with the body once ingested. However, it’s the chemical compositions of these compounds that truly set hemp and marijuana apart.
Hemp plants are cannabis strains that legally contain less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for giving consumers an intoxicated feeling. Marijuana comes from the dried flowers of cannabis plants that contain more than 0.3% THC.
So, is the CBD derived from these products the same? GR8NESS put together this convenient infographic for you to find out.