Hemp Oil vs Marijuana – What’s The Difference?

Hemp oil is very misunderstood. For the most part, when people say cannabis, they mean marijuana, however, what they don’t understand is “cannabis” is the family surname of the plant and can also include other cousins as well.

The best way to explain this misconception is through rectangles and squares. Each have four sides and (sort of) the same shape. All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. It’s the same difference with hemp oil and marijuana.

All hemp and marijuana are cannabis, but hemp is not marijuana. There are scientific facts based on this discovery. Even though people say cannabis, they are referring to the more popular of the two, which is marijuana.

Before you turn your nose up at hemp oil simply because it is in the same family as marijuana, we want to disclose some important information which will shed some light on how they couldn’t be further apart in significance to you.

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Hemp Oil Is Not Mary Jane

The family name “Cannabis” is not known for its wide array of compounds. Instead, it is known for its most popular compound called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the well-known substance found in marijuana which is psychoactive and causes the “high” feeling in people who partake in marijuana.

On the other side of this coin there is CBD (Cannabidiol). This is a natural substance which has been obtained from hemp plants. There are over 104 compounds in cannabidiol, but unlike the THC found in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.

Scientifically, the compounds look almost identical when you place them together. Organically, they couldn’t be more different to the user. CBD hemp oil contains little to no THC, which does not cause a “high” in the user. At most, CBD contains 0.3% of THC, which is still not enough to produce any effects, and is also the legal limit for this type of product.

In fact, Ernest Small wrote The Species Problem in Cannabis which determined a very controversial topic within the community when he said,

“There is not any natural point at which the cannabinoid content can be used to distinguish strains of hemp and marijuana”.

Essentially, he scientifically proclaimed the 0.3% THC in hemp was the main difference which separated hemp oil from marijuana.

The reason this oil has become so effective is how the cannabinoids found in CBD oil mimic the endocannabinoids our body naturally produces. This oil communicates with the receptors in the brain (the liquid precursors and neurotransmitters) which tell our brain there’s endocannabinoids in the body. This communication between the postsynaptic and presynaptic triggers allow the CBD to travel backwards, doing what it needs to do to complete its task.

Pretty neat huh?

Hemp contains all kinds of great things like omega 3, omega 6, and they are very high in fatty acids which can prove beneficial to the user.

When you think of hemp and/or marijuana, you always lean towards the idea that these are mostly used in human consumption. While this is the major truth for marijuana, it’s not true for hemp.

Hemp is used in all kinds of different things that isn’t meant to be consumed by a human. For instance, hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials which can be incorporated into thousands of products people use every day.

The Main Differences of Hemp Oil

When you begin to understand the overall picture between hemp and marijuana, you can start to see smaller characteristics stand out more which make them different.

Some of these which stand out are the fact that hemp and marijuana are not the same plant. They are separate plants within the cannabis genus, and have very different characteristics.

Hemp has a low volume of THC and a high volume of cannabidiol. On the other end of this spectrum, marijuana has high volumes of THC and low volumes of CBD. Due to this high volume of THC, the marijuana plant offers psychotropic effects.

Finally, one of the most important aspects is marijuana and marijuana oil is regulated by different laws in each state, and in some, completely illegal to consume.

It’s important to stay updated on the legality of CBD oil, and I found a very informative article which shares the most recent laws in the United States. Remember, not all states have the same ideas as others. We can only hope that at some point in the near future, all CBD related products will be made available for those who need it or want to try alternatives to what they’re doing already.

In Conclusion

In short, CBD isn’t marijuana. While it may be directly related, there are specific differences which make the two stand out.

The CBD/Hemp oil movement is consistently growing and becoming more popular. As the growth of this plant becomes more prevalent in the lives of wellness-minded individuals, more knowledge is needed to ensure you are consuming the best quality derived hemp oil on the market.

We’ve talked about the scientific differences between these two plants. We’ve shared our knowledge on the physical differences, chemical makeup, etc. However, CBD oil is an experience you need to try for yourself to fully understand why so many people love it. We know you will.

Article sources:

  • https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Species_Problem_in_Cannabis.html?id=lb8gAQAAIAAJ
  • https://www.vaes.vt.edu/about/faq-hemp.html&sa=D&ust=1553717278849000&usg=AFQjCNHNNtSzWlpnQyRxJweaWFFodtOhqA
  • https://cbdorigin.com/is-cbd-legal
  • https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Species_Problem_in_Cannabis.html?id=lb8gAQAAIAAJ
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The staff writers for Kats Botanicals have been researching and writing about CBD and Kratom products for more than 5 years, and have a combined experience of over 35 years of writing in the healthcare and supplement industry. The team has a keen understanding of the topic, remain current on all FDA and industry news, and use their expertise to generate engaging and informative content to help educate consumers on Kats Botanicals’ products. Each article is fact-checked and includes sources to scientific data to ensure readers receive the most up-to-date and accurate information possible.

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Justin Kats, founder of Kats Botanicals reviews and approves all content before releasing it for posting on the Kats Botanical website. Justin has been a tireless advocate for the benefits of CBD and Kratom since 2012. As a champion for botanical therapy, Justin created a Facebook group where more than 12,000 people discuss botanicals, CBD and Kratom. He has also assisted more than 80,000 customers since the inception of his business and works directly with a single source farmer to ensure the purity of the products he sells. He also performs rigorous lab testing because he understands what it takes to get a high-quality and safe product to market.

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