If you’re trying to wrap your head around the difference between Hemp and Cannabis, let’s try and make one thing clear i.e. the source. Both hemp and cannabis come from different parts of the same plant. Whether we call it hemp or cannabis, it really depends on certain factors that we shall explore in this blog.
Owing to the prohibition of marijuana there is a considerable lack of information surrounding the cannabis plant. This is the reason, there are several rumors attributed to it and many incorrect “facts” being circulated and preached.
Depending upon the plant that is grown and used, terms associated are determined to be correct or incorrect. For example, the term cannabis/marijuana is used when we describe a Cannabis Sativa plant that is grown for its potent trichomes. These contain high quantities of THC, the cannabis that is mostly noted for its psychoactive properties.
On the other hand, hemp is used to describe the Cannabis Sativa plant that contains little traces of THC. It is bred for industrial purposes like oils, ointments and hemp fibre is used in construction, fabrics and in many other sectors.
Let us understand the difference between hemp derived CBD and marijuna derived CBD.
When we talk about CBD or Cannabidiol, it is a cannabinoid that is known for its muscle relaxing properties. In isolation, CBD is non psychoactive compound that is actually beneficial in the treatment of epilepsy and seizures. While CBD is found in both hemp and cannabis, hemp CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp that produces negligible amounts of THC.
Scientists and researchers have understood the positive effects of CBD with its potency and amazing therapeutic benefits. But the methods of extraction of CBD from hemp plant and then its subsequent manufacturing, formulation and administration is still suspected by many in the industry. There have been cases of people getting sick by consuming poor quality CBD products.
Hemp seed oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. This oil is quite nutritive in nature but lacks cannabinoids, that are mainly found in the cannabis plant which help in cancer treatment. Hemp seed oil is found in local grocery stores and usually contains twice the levels of omega 3 that is mainly found in olive oil.
There is a further difference in hemp extract and hemp seed oil. Hemp/CBD extract is a main ingredient in CBD specific brands.
Many US states have growing markets of CBD strains that are being cultivated through years. Growers in these markets are producing high THC and high CBD strains of cannabis and blending them into edible products and even with topical application solutions for medical purposes. These markets are known for have strict testing standards and hence the products turn out to be better in quality.
Researchers and scientists have studied the hemp plant and have had interesting findings. The cannabis plant contains hundreds of compounds out of which a major chunk are called cannabinoids. CBD and THC are 2 main cannabinoids in cannabis and they are available in the highest concentrations.
Adding a specific amount of THC to a therapeutic dose of CBD enhances CBD’s effects and makes it more potent. A strong possibility or should we say consensus is that CBD works best when combined with other cannabinoids and not as a stand alone compound. CBD derived from marijuna is far more potent but CBD derived from hemp works better in various other usages like eco friendly construction material, paper and even fuel.
In the debate of cannabis versus hemp, there is no clear winner since both have their own unique capabilities and qualities that make them potent and useful. Usage of both the compounds have their own benefits in terms of human health and environmental health. But it’s important to have the best quality CBD extracted from the plant and get it tested for any contaminants or unfavorable elements. Visit PRX Labs for more information regarding safe testing of cannabis.