Your CBD journey begins with a few basic questions. But, yikes! Finding answers to such simple questions can be a wild goose chase. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misleading information out there. Why is it so difficult to learn about the CBD industry?
It doesn’t have to be. We educate you through our blog with substantiated information about the great big world of CBD. And what better place to start than at the beginning! The best first step to learning more about CBD is to grasp a few basic terms: cannabis, hemp, and CBD. Here’s an overview of the difference between the three.
Cannabis is used as an umbrella term. Hemp (CBD) and marijuana (THC) fall under this umbrella. Both are forms of cannabis, but it’s not technically correct to refer to either hemp or marijuana as simply “cannabis.” Hemp and marijuana fall into a category of cannabis, just as comedy falls into a category of television.
The hemp plant is the form of cannabis CBD products are made of. Hemp is a very versatile crop; it is primarily used for medicinal purposes, but also industrially to produce paper, fiber, bags, even concrete! By law, hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC. Any THC above that limit is considered marijuana (keep reading!). Therefore, you will not get high on hemp-based products of any kind. Hemp is actually legal in the United States, thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018.
Marijuana is the cannabis category that contains high levels of THC. This is the compound that produces a high. As opposed to hemp, marijuana contains over 0.3% of THC legally. In fact, marijuana plants produce pretty high concentrations of THC, sometimes exceeding 30%. Marijuana is legal both recreationally and medically in 10 states. Only medical marijuana is legal in 33 states.
So, your key takeaways are:
- Hemp and marijuana are categories of cannabis.
- There’s less than 0.3% of THC in hemp and more than 0.3% of THC in marijuana.
- Because of that, hemp is a federally legal form of cannabis while marijuana is legal only in certain states.
- Marijuana does get users high, while hemp does not get users high.
- Hemp is used medicinally and industrially, while marijuana is used primarily recreationally and medicinally.