CBD From Hemp VS CBD From Marijuana

One of the most common questions frequently asked by the active CBD users and the prospective users are in regards to the difference between the CBD from hemp plant and CBD oil derived from marijuana. Both the hemp and marijuana are two different versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant.

Firstly, let’s take a look at the underlying differences between the hemp plant and marijuana.


Hemp which is a cannabis plant cultivated commercially for its seeds and stalks. Hemp seeds and stalks are often used to produce numerous products that include food, medicine, body care products, paper, plastic composites and bio-fuels.

It is grown outside with both the male and female plants to encourage wind pollination. They grow up to 2 to 4 meters in height and the best thing is that the hemp plants don’t require the use of herbicides or pesticides.

It is naturally higher in CBD and it has a very little amount of THC which is 33% less than that in the least potent marijuana. So, it’s not possible for hemp to make its user high. This is a cause of why hemp is safe and can be used by anyone.


Marijuana is harvested only for recreational purposes. The euphoric and intoxicating properties in marijuana make the user high or stoned. Although the fibres and the stalks of marijuana are not used commercially, it is grown for its flowers that contain the highest amount of the psychoactive compound named THC.

Marijuana is grown indoors since the conditions like light, temperature and humidity need to be monitored consistently. This process of cultivation is followed to maximize the THC level in the plant. Both the male and female marijuana plants are not allowed to grow together to prevent the female plants from being fertilized which causes a lower concentration of THC in the plant. Unlike hemp, marijuana plants are shorter in height and bushier with flowers.

Marijuana is lower in CBD and is very high in the level of THC. Even some varieties or selective breeding of marijuana can contain at a range of 10 to 30 percent of THC, or even higher.


CBD oil from hemp

  • Higher CBD and low THC
  • Legal Federally
  • Non-psychoactive
  • Available online and in stores

CBD oil from marijuana

  • Higher THC and low CBD
  • Legal in some states
  • Psychoactive
  • Available at drugstores only

Despite those differences mentioned above, future cannabis consumers are often surprised to see the number of similarities between the two cannabis plants. While you are about to buy a CBD product you should consider some facts about it including the level of THC in it, if it’s legal in your state or not etc.

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