Hemp-Derived CBD vs Marijuana-Derived CBD

by | Nov 24, 2020 | CBD Education

For years, people have widely viewed marijuana and hemp as the same substance. The terms have been treated as interchangeable, however, hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD are not the same at all. So, let’s explore some of the key differences between the two to get a better idea of which of them might be right for you. 

What is Hemp?

Hemp is a variety of cannabis plant that has been used all over the world for several different purposes. For example, hemp is commonly used in the production of the following:

  • Diapers
  • Clothing
  • Rope
  • Netting
  • Cardboard
  • Oil paints
  • Varnishes
  • Insulation
  • Soaps lotions

These are just some of the examples of how this multi-functional fiber is included in everyday products. Hemp is an ideal option for products like these because it is a strong material that does not contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, to produce a psychoactive high. To be considered hemp, a product must contain less than 0.3% THC by weight. It is not non-habit forming, too, which means addiction is not a concern for CBD users.  

Hemp also has the benefit of being legal in the entire United States. A 2018 Farm Bill allowed for broad hemp cultivation within some guidelines and there are currently no restrictions on the possession, transport, or sale of hemp products. As a result, hemp-derived products may be more accessible and less expensive. 

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana, like hemp, comes from a type of cannabis plant. It contains more than 0.3% THC, meaning it can produce a psychoactive high for users. Millions of people choose marijuana for its ability to produce a high and to help alleviate symptoms related to anxiety, sleep problems, and physical health complications. In some parts of the country, marijuana is legalized for recreational use while in other parts of the country, lawmakers have decriminalized possession of marijuana but its use is still illegal.

Marijuana is most commonly smoked but can be added to foods, too. As scientists have conducted more research, studies continue to show the multitude of benefits that marijuana can produce for those who use it responsibly. It remains an addictive substance, and while it does not usually cause severe addiction, it has long been considered a gateway to the use of other, harder drugs.

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What is the Difference Between Hemp-Derived CBD and Marijuana-Derived CBD?

The primary difference between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD is the ratio of CBD to THC. As mentioned before, hemp and marijuana are both considered cannabis plants. Cannabis describes a plant containing three major categories: Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis. Hemp comes from a specific variety of the cannabis Sativa strain which has a significantly higher CBD content than the other two strains and much less THC. Marijuana can refer to any of the cannabis varieties or even a hybrid of them while containing as much as 30% THC per dry weight. So, hemp and marijuana can both come from different types of the same plant and they both contain CBD, just in different amounts. CBD is CBD, regardless of whether it is derived from hemp or marijuana. 

Some of the most notable differences between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD include the following:

  • There is more resin found in the marijuana plant than in the hemp plant, meaning that it is easier to source CBD from the marijuana plant

  • Hemp is not as regulated as marijuana is, meaning that there is a higher chance of hemp having more contaminants which can impact the quality of its CBD

  • Components of CBD that are derived from hemp (such as THC) can be extracted completely

  • Hemp-derived CBD is completely legal in the US but given that marijuana is considered an illicit substance at the federal level, marijuana-derived CBD can be more complicated

  • Studies show that the richer the CBD, the more effective it can be for several purposes
  • Marijuana-derived CBD does have the potential to produce a high for the user due to the higher THC content

When buying any CBD product, pay close attention to the information on the labels. If you would prefer to avoid THC entirely, choose a product labeled CBD isolate, since these products do not contain THC, other cannabinoids, or terpenes, only CBD. Full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD products could contain as much as 0.3% THC, per the legal limit. On the other hand, if you are interested in the effects of THC as well, a marijuana-derived CBD product is a great option. You just need to be aware of federal and local laws governing the sale and use of such products. Whatever you choose, hopefully, you will be able to enjoy the many benefits of CBD. 

Hemp-Derived CBD at Neuro XPF

If you are curious about where your CBD is sourced from, or if you would like to learn more about our hemp-derived CBD, Neuro XPF’s products can help you. We use a special CO2 extraction process and work hard to preserve the terpenes to modulate the effect of our Hemp-Derived CBD. This adds that little extra punch to Neuro XPF products so they taste better and provide more beneficial qualities.

<a href="https://neuroxpf.com/author/kyle-turley/" target="_self">Kyle Turley</a>

Kyle Turley


Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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