While people are learning about the astonishing properties of the cannabinoid CBD, not everybody realizes that this wonderful form of medication has a couple of different sources, which can alter its effectiveness and the overall impact felt. CBD is obtained from either marijuana or hemp plant and there are advantages and disadvantages – in effectively and legality – with both of them.
Let’s start by looking at CBD products that come from marijuana. Extracting via this method is more cost-effective because the cannabis plant is very rich in CBD, however, it’s the presence of another cannabinoid, THC, that puts getting CBD in this way in a legal quagmire. The issue with THC is that it has psychoactive properties which result in a “high”, and therefore the plant has the potential for mental side effects which wouldn’t make it appropriate for everybody. There are some strains of marijuana which have higher concentrations of CBD and vice versa. It’s also worth saying that while THC is psychoactive, it can be used medically as well.
But as a result, all CBD on the market must be confirmed to contain less than 0.3 percent THC – which is where the hemp plant comes in.
CBD can be extracted from industrial hemp plant, and CBD obtained this way is legal across the
United States. It’s popular because although it’s technically a marijuana plant, it doesn’t grow the same big leaves as normal marijuana strains where the THC tends to reside.
The hemp plant has been given more leeway in the legal sphere since it is very difficult to use the plant recreationally. As opposed to smoking one marijuana joint, you’d need to smoke around 10 hemp plant joints to get the same sort of “high”.
But while industrial hemp CBD is a good solution to one problem, it doesn’t come without issues of its own. The trouble with hemp plant is that it’s not very rich in CBD either, which means a lot more plant has to be used to extract the same amount of CBD that you would get from a marijuana plant. Therefore, it’s a much more expensive way of getting hold of CBD. The other issue with hemp is that it collects metals and toxins by removing them from the soil, hence the CBD that you’re getting isn’t as pure and organic as it could be – and some people have reported that hemp CBD has made them ill.
However, it’s not quite as simple as this, and there are reasons why getting your CBD via marijuana can be more beneficial than through hemp plant, even though it is only legal in a few states. There is a theory known as the “entourage effect” which states that whole-plant medicine is far more effective than a more targeted medicine such as purely extracted CBD. CBD works with receptors in your body to reduce the effects of THC, thereby making it safe to consume. Furthermore, there are many other cannabinoids in marijuana which haven’t been studied so extensively that can have positive impacts which are missed out on by just taking CBD.
Whichever way you to choose to obtain your CBD, the good news is that the cannabinoid is non-addictive and you can’t overdose on it, so you don’t have to panic about not having taken too much or not having taken enough. There are also plenty of ways to take CBD, whether it’s by smoking a joint, vaping marijuana, or consuming CBD oil, in both tincture and capsule form. Its versatility is what is helping to make CBD a winner with so many patients across the US and the world.
The evidence out there suggests that CBD from marijuana is better for you than from industrial hemp, simply because of the whole-plant medicine theory. However, since it’s not legal everywhere, it’s great that industrial hemp is out there so everyone can benefit in some way.
Even on its own, CBD is an extremely powerful medicine that can help for a variety of medical and physical complaints. Scientists across the world are increasingly recognizing its medical properties and the relative absence of side effects, which is only going to bode well for CBD in the future.