With the growing public interest in medical marijuana, many products have been popping up in the market. One of the most common products is CBD-rich tinctures and oils, derived from industrial hemp. Hemp has been a major crop for thousands of years, mainly to make products such as rope or fabric. However, industrial hemp is closely related to marijuana. Some strains have similar terpene and cannabinoid profiles that can have medicinal effects on the body when ingested. So, what’s the difference between industrial hemp derived products and marijuana?
What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana-derived products?
The main difference between industrial hemp and marijuana is the reduced amount of THC produced in the hemp plant. Instead of producing THC, Cultivators have selected industrial hemp plants that produce large amounts of Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a cannabinoid known with many medicinal properties, such as anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic. Isolated on its own, CBD is non-psychoactive, and it’s been reported to be effective in treating seizures, even in young children. CBD is found in both the hemp and marijuana plants.
Why would you choose a hemp derived CBD product vs marijuana?
This question is asked a lot in the medical marijuana community. The two most common recommendations for hemp CBD products for patients instead of marijuana products are: 1) if the patient is sensitive to THC and its effects (e.g. high) then a hemp derived CBD product with <0.3% THC may be the best option, 2) if the patient holds a job where they will be drug tested, then a hemp derived CBD product with no THC would be the best recommendation, depending on the patients’ tolerance to THC and/or potential for drug testing. In addition, industrial hemp derived products are now 50 state legal, which allows for patients to travel with hemp derived medications, unlike marijuana-derived products that are still illegal due to Federal law in the US.
What should you look for in an industrial hemp or medical marijuana CBD product?
As discussed in our Products page, it is important for patients and providers to do their “research” before purchasing any hemp or marijuana product. In two recent studies, it was found that only 17% of edibles and 30.95% of CBD products were labeled correctly. This variability of under and over-dosed products can cause unintended and negative effects to patients. When searching for a product, be sure to ask for 1) certificate of analysis to ensure that what you are asking for is what you are getting and 2) the source of the hemp or marijuana. While there is heavy State regulation overseeing the growing and end-production of marijuana products, the same high-level scrutiny is not the case for industrial hemp products; thus it is extremely important to ask questions and stay informed.
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