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Difference between Marijuana and Hemp CBD

Difference between Marijuana and Hemp CBD

Cannabidiol or CBD for short, is a common compound found in the cannabis plant family. Amongst approximately 100 properties within the cannabis plant, CBD is one that is harvested for its undeniable health benefits from both marijuana and hemp plants. 

While marijuana and hemp plants are both part of the cannabis family; they are completely two different entities and should be treated as such.  Here are the basic differences between the two: 



Marijuana
Hemp
Chemical MakeupTHC = .3% – 40%THC = < .3%
AppearanceBroader leaves, dense buds and shorter, bushier appearance.Tall, skinny leaves mostly concentrated toward top of plant.
Psychoactive?YesNo
CultivationCarefully grown in controlled environments.Adaptable in most climates and requires minimal attention.
Legal StatusSome states, not FederallySome states, not Federally
Primary UsesMedicinal, recreationalIndustrial, medicinal

Both of these plants are capable of producing CBD and both are on the market today. The power behind this natural cannabinoid is glorious. The introduction to the regality was born when the discovery of how it reduced seizure frequency in children and severe cased patients a few years back.

One of the major differences between CBD derived from marijuana and hemp plants are the levels of CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol or (THC). The levels of these two compounds vary between the two plants. 

THC which is a psychoactive property found in hemp is less than .3% whereas in the marijuana plant can be up to 40%; which is one reason marijuana is used additionally for recreational purposes due to its “stoned” effects. Marijuana is traditionally higher in THC and lower in CBD where vice versa is true for Hemp (higher in CBD and much lower in THC).