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The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

Many people confuse the holistic supplements containing CBD, derived from industrial Hemp, with medical marijuana. Our products are legal, holistic supplements, carefully sourced and lab-inspected. This video produced by our suppliers at Michigan Herbal Remedies explains the difference between Hemp and Marijuana, and gives excellent background on what Cannabidiol (CBD) is and the current state of legislation surrounding it.

What is Cannabidiol?

The plant genus Cannabis contains two unique plant species — hemp, a tall canelike plant resembling bamboo that originated in Central Asia and is now cultivated worldwide; and marijuana, hemp’s shorter, leafier, cousin.

Cannabis naturally produces more than 80 chemical compounds, called cannabinoids.  The two most common, and therefore most studied, are tetrahydrocannabinol (referred to as THC) and cannabidiol (or the simpler term, CBD.) THC is the compound responsible for psychoactive effects.  CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t cause a “high.” In very general terms, cannabis plants with high THC content are considered marijuana; while plants with less than 1% THC are considered hemp.

CBD is what we’ll be discussing here today. There’s no standard amount in hemp or marijuana, so they may have high or low amounts.  CBD is fully legal in the United States as long as it comes from imported industrial hemp seeds and stalks.  Industrial hemp is typically grown for its fibers, seeds and other parts, which are used to make thousands of products.   When hemp oil is extracted from these plants, they can have a surprising amount of CBD.

Many stores now carry CBD rich hemp oil.  But, these are considered food or supplements. They’re intended to support overall health and wellness.

CBD has been studied all over the world by renowned scientists and universities. These pre-clinical studies are suggesting CBD’s potential for reducing a number of different symptoms such as anxiety, nausea and inflammation, among others.  These studies are still underway and the FDA does not allow claims to be made about the effectiveness of CBD for any particular health concern.

Our supplier is a proud member of the National Hemp Association, a non-profit dedicated to the comeback of industrial hemp in the United States, and the National Cannabis Industry Association. Hemp is an extremely versatile plant. The stalk, leaves, flowers, and seeds of the plant all have uses. From biofuel and nutritious hempseed oil to hempcrete; a flame, water and pest resistant building material. We’re excited to help bring back industrial hemp and discover even more ways it can improve our health and lifestyle.