You may have realized that CBD oil can be extracted from either Hemp Plants or Marijuana plants. But you may find yourself wondering which type of CBD is legal where you live – and which is the most effective?
These two classifications of CBD oil are – Hemp Derived CBD oil and Marijuana Derived CBD oil.
The U.S government classifies marijuana plants as plants
which contain more than 0.3% THC. Plants that contain 0.3% or less THC are
classified as hemp plants.
Hemp Extracted CBD
Hemp-derived CBD oil is extracted from plants classified as “hemp” due to their low THC level of 0.3% or less. These extracts are obtained most prominently through industrial hemp plants which are typically grown for their seeds or associated fibers/oils.
With the rising CBD oil demand and the federal legality, many farmers have directed their focus to cultivate hemp plants which yield much higher CBD levels, to enhance and increase the potency significantly.
Did you know…?
There are a variety of marijuana and hemp plant strains. Depending on the strain, the levels of cannabinoids, terpenes and other components can differ – in some cases significantly.
Marijuana Extracted CBD
Marijuana-derived CBD oil is extracted from marijuana plants that have a higher than 0.3% THC content.
These types of plants are typically grown for flower and oil consumption to obtain the effects of THC. However, CBD can also be isolated and extracted from these plants in addition to a variety of other cannabinoids that are present within the spectrum of the plant.
While the CBD can be isolated and yield minimal to zero
levels of THC, the fact that the CBD is extracted from a marijuana plant that
originally contained higher levels of THC deems the extract as illegal on a
federal level – yet maintains legality in states that have legalized marijuana
In order to maintain federal legality, the CBD oil product must be hemp-derived and must yield 0.3% or less THC.
On a molecular level, the CBD itself is identical. The most distinct difference between the two extracts is the original THC content of which the plant itself possesses prior to extracting the CBD.
While the end-product may ultimately contain the same THC level, the government has not yet legalized CBD oil that is extracted from marijuana plants.
Both Hemp and Marijuana plants can produce high levels of CBD and can contribute to crafting a highly effective product for the end user. However, marijuana plants produce a much higher level of the intoxicating cannabinoid – THC.