What’s The Difference Between Hemp, CBD, And Marijuana?


Not sure what the difference is between hemp, CBD, and marijuana? You certainly aren’t alone! They all come from various strains of the cannabis sativa plant. Here is a quick but in-depth definition of each which will help you to better understand why hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states and marijuana is not.

What Is Hemp?

Hemp is one of many varieties of the cannabis sativa plant that does not get you high. It’s been legal for decades, often referred to as “industrial hemp” as it can be used to create rope, paper, non-dairy milk, and the seeds can be pressed to create hemp oil. Hemp oil is not to be confused with CBD as it is a cooking oil that can be used as a substitute for olive oil or coconut oil. Many hemp oil products falsely market themselves as having the benefits of CBD, but they do not contain cannabinoids. For example, none of the hemp products on Amazon are true CBD as it’s not currently legal to sell CBD on Amazon.

What Is Marijuana?

Marijuana refers to strains of the cannabis sativa plant that is high in the psychotropic compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and low in cannabinoids (CBD). THC is what gets you high, so marijuana is what is still illegal in most states. CBD is the compound responsible for the medicinal benefits. Although marijuana is low in CBD, it has more than enough to have a positive impact on your health.

What Is CBD?

Hemp-derived CBD is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant that is high in cannabinoids but contains less than .3% THC. This means that there is zero risk of getting high, so CBD is taken only for its medicinal benefits. As of the Farm Bill of 2018 hemp-derived CBD is legal to farm and legal to sell and ship in all 50 states. Some schools and employers prohibit the use of any hemp-derived product and although legal, it is not wise to fly with hemp-derived CBD.

Not All CBD Is Created Equally

CBD is attracting the attention of both those who have relied on medical marijuana for years and those who have no interest in getting high—but are looking for a natural method of providing relief for their bodies. As an emerging industry, not all hemp-derived CBD is created equally. This is why the products you have tried may not be working for you. For example, not all CBD is organic, and many products contain unnecessary chemicals and fillers to water things down.

With full transparency in our lab results and product descriptions you can rest assured that Holmes Organics CBD is of the highest quality!

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