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Hemp vs Marijuana

Feb 17th 2021

Hemp vs Marijuana

A seed was planted gently into the mind of our culture. After germination, it had to fight for its place amongst the tangled roots of an idea that had begun to wither: the idea that all cannabis was marijuana used for the sole purpose of getting high, and that no form of cannabis was beneficial to the body. The strong sapling of the fresh idea was able to rise above the decaying detritus of the old concept, splitting into two branches of thought. These were cannabis as hemp and cannabis as marijuana.

The Divergence of Hemp Products and Marijuana Products

Until recently there was no legal distinction between “hemp” and “marijuana.” The Controlled Substance Act labeled all forms of Cannabis Sativa L (with the minor exceptions of mature stalks of the plant or sterilized seeds) as Schedule 1 substances, the most dangerous of all drug schedules.1 The 2018 Farm Bill gave clarity to the distinction between “hemp” and “marijuana” and their associated products. “Marijuana” became defined as cannabis containing more than 0.3 percent THC, and it is still federally defined as a Schedule 1 substance. “Hemp” became defined as cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC, and was removed from all drug schedules.1 Hemp is federally legal. Marijuana, while locally legal in some states, remains federally illegal.

CBD Hemp Oil vs. Marijuana Oil

CBD products are one of the most common types of products created from hemp extract. CBD hemp oil has become wildly popular nationwide, containing little to no THC.

Marijuana oil is commonly found in states where recreational marijuana is legal. Marijuana oils may contain CBD, but what classifies them as “marijuana oil” is that they contain high amounts of THC.

Both CBD oils and marijuana THC oils interact with the Endocannabinoid System of the body. This system has shown evidence to modulate the following:

  • Anxiety and stress2
  • Inflammatory conditions2
  • Pain2
  • Metabolism2
  • Neurodegenerative conditions2
  • Pulmonary function2
  • Cardiovascular function2
  • Neuroinflammation (which has strong links to epilepsy)3

While they both interact with the Endocannabinoid System, THC is the psychoactive agent responsible for getting users high. CBD, on the other hand, does not, providing users with the possible CBD benefits received from the stimulation of the Endocannabinoid System without the risks associated with being high.

Complete Hemp’s CBD Tinctures

Complete Hemp is unable to offer any marijuana oils at this time. We do offer the following CBD hemp oils:

In addition to CBD tinctures, Complete Hemp offers skincare products with CBD and pain and skin relief products with CBD.

Complete Hemp is proud to be at the forefront of providing CBD hemp products for everybody. Join us, and see just how amazing including hemp in your daily routine can be!



2Silver RJ. The Endocannabinoid System of Animals. Animals (Basel). 2019 Sep 16;9(9):686. doi: 10.3390/ani9090686. PMID: 31527410; PMCID: PMC6770351.

3Cheung KAK, Peiris H, Wallace G, Holland OJ, Mitchell MD. The Interplay between the Endocannabinoid System, Epilepsy and Cannabinoids. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(23):6079. Published 2019 Dec 2. doi:10.3390/ijms20236079