What’s the Difference Between CBD From Hemp and CBD From Marijuana?

By now, you should be well aware of the benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) oil, you should also be aware that CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid present in the marijuana plant. You might even be aware that CBD can come from either the marijuana plant or the hemp plant.

Even if you do, you might not be aware of the differences between the CBD produced by each plant. However, if you didn’t know that CBD can come from either of those plants or the differences between them, or if you just want to learn more, then you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find out all about how CBD from hemp and CBD from marijuana are different in this article.


The Difference Between the Hemp Plant and the Marijuana Plant

Cannabis comes in three different varieties, Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. Marijuana comes from any of those varieties—though some are more desirable than others. However, hemp is a form of the Cannabis Sativa variety and none of the other types. The marijuana plant, regardless of its variety, has a wide variety of cannabinoids, the main ones being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.

THC is the psychoactive element of the marijuana plant and is responsible for the high, euphoric feeling experienced by its users. CBD does not have any psychoactive properties, but it does have several health benefits. Both of these cannabinoids come in various concentrations depending on the type of the marijuana plant. Some plants can have a high level of THC and little to no CBD, other plants may be the opposite, and some plants may be more balanced.

The hemp plant has far more CBD than THC and has typically been bred for more practical purposes, like the production of rope or clothes.

CBD From the Hemp Plant

The CBD sourced from hemp is more pure than the CBD from the marijuana plant because of the low volume of THC found in the hemp plant. So, hemp CBD has fewer of the various cannabinoids found in marijuana-based CBD. Since hemp is legal as long as its THC level is 0.3% or below, most of the CBD being produced comes from hemp.

There is some controversy about whether hemp, and therefore the CBD sourced from it, is clean. The reason is that the hemp plant is a phytoremediator, which means that it absorbs toxins and other harmful elements from the soil. This is a useful feature for cleaning up the environment, but it also means that the toxins and other harmful elements absorbed by the plant are still present when it is harvested. This is true, but the hemp used for CBD is grown in ideal conditions with no toxins present in the soil.

In fact, the cannabis plant in general is a good phytoremediator, so the same concerns about the hemp plant are there for marijuana plants as well. However, like the hemp plant, marijuana plants are also grown in ideal conditions using clean soil.

CBD From the Marijuana Plant

The CBD sourced from marijuana contains other cannabinoids besides CBD, mainly THC, but also CBL (cannabicyclol). This means that it is less pure than the CBD from hemp, but many people believe that is a good thing because the other cannabinoids present in the marijuana plant can benefit the user as well.

The belief is that all the cannabinoids work together to produce something called the Entourage Effect. This effect is believed to be more potent than CBD that does not have other cannabinoids present, such as the CBD derived from hemp. While this is a widely espoused belief in weed culture, there is currently no scientific evidence that the entourage effect is real.

CBD from Hemp or CBD from Marijuana, Which Is Better?

If you believe in the entourage effect, then marijuana based CBD is better, if you don’t, then there is not much of a difference. This is generally a moot point anyway because the majority of CBD found in various CBD based products is sourced from hemp. The reason being that hemp is legal—or at the very least, tolerated—in all fifty states and marijuana is not, so hemp-based CBD products, like the Gold Line series of CBD oil, are safe to produce and ship.

Even low THC strains of weed can be legally dubious, so until there is widespread marijuana reform, hemp will be the main source of CBD. Fortunately, the CBD from hemp is highly effective and so there is no reason to wait for any nationwide changes in the law in order to use CBD and enjoy all the various benefits it brings.


A huge proponent of the vaping lifestyle who would love it if everyone who smokes makes the switch to vaping instead. Loves CBD and would like to see it infused into everything. Aside from the world of vaping, he also loves reading, health & fitness, gadgets & technology, and culture, both the pop and regular kind.

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