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Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD

Mar 24th 2021

Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere. From CBD vape juice to CBD gummies to CBD dog treats to CBD ice cream, if you can think of a common product, there might just be a form of it that exists as a CBD product. How did the CBD get there? Where did it come from? Is there a difference between hemp CBD and marijuana CBD?

What Is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

Aside from making hemp and hemp products federally legal, the 2018 Farm Bill made a clear cut distinction between what is defined as hemp and what is defined as marijuana. Hemp is now defined as any cannabis plant that has less than 0.3% THC. On the other hand, marijuana is any cannabis plant that has greater than 0.3% THC. Similarly, hemp products will contain less than 0.3% THC whereas marijuana products will contain greater than that amount. The percentage of CBD present is not a determining factor for if a cannabis plant is defined as hemp or marijuana.1

CBD is a cannabinoid common to many hemp and marijuana strains, but certain strains contain higher percentages and are selectively bred to produce plants with higher concentrations of CBD. Generally speaking strains of hemp produce more CBD than strains of marijuana.

Does From Where the CBD Comes Matter?

The short answer: no. From a standpoint of pure CBD, your body cannot tell the difference. If you are using CBD extracts that contain no THC, it will be processed the same way. Molecularly, cannabidiol molecules are all the same. Regardless of whether CBD isolate is isolated from hemp or from marijuana, the CBD will have an identical effect from identical amounts.

The long answer: kind of. If you take a full-spectrum CBD product, it’s possible that your body may have an enhanced reaction to CBD. The “entourage effect” has been hypothesized for quite some time. It proposes that the full spectrum of cannabinoids (THC included), flavonoids, and terpenes present in the cannabis plant work synergistically and make each other's effects more pronounced.2 The full spectrum will possibly make the CBD benefits greater.

The full-spectrum of cannabinoids from marijuana will include a high percentage of THC. Conversely, the full-spectrum of cannabinoids from hemp will contain less than 0.3% THC. The inclusion of THC is important for the entourage effect, but percentages greater than those found in hemp may not be practical. THC is the psychoactive molecule found in cannabis, and it is responsible for the effects of getting high. For that reason, depending on whether or not you choose to get high (and the legality in your state) full-spectrum CBD from hemp may be preferred to full-spectrum CBD from marijuana.

CBD From Complete Hemp

In case you couldn’t tell from the company name, all of our products are made from hemp, not marijuana, and contain less than 0.3% THC. Complete Hemp offers:

However CBD fits into your life, Complete Hemp is here to help!



2Ben-Shabat S, Fride E, Sheskin T, Tamiri T, Rhee MH, Vogel Z, Bisogno T, De Petrocellis L, Di Marzo V, Mechoulam R. An entourage effect: inactive endogenous fatty acid glycerol esters enhance 2-arachidonoyl-glycerol cannabinoid activity. Eur J Pharmacol. 1998 Jul 17;353(1):23-31. doi: 10.1016/s0014-2999(98)00392-6. PMID: 9721036.