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The Difference Between Marijuana and CBD Oil

Since marijuana started getting legalized recreationally, there’s been quite a buzz around the once needlessly, yet ultra-taboo drug. It’s been labeled everything from “MJ” to “pot” to even “the devil’s lettuce” and “gateway drug,” but now it’s got quite a few more names which has only managed to add to the general confusion surrounding the industry. The truth is, CBD Health and Wellness prefers not to speak to what marijuana does, because our product has nothing to do with everybody’s favorite type of oregano. The common question we get asked about CBD oil, or any of our derivative products is “What’s the difference between marijuana and CBD oil?” It’s a rather simple difference, they’re molecularly different.

If you aren’t overly familiar with cannabis strains and plants, marijuana and hemp look essentially the same. Much like the big palm trees are a different species than the small palm trees, hemp is different from pot. “Cannabis” is not interchangeable between the two different species. First, let’s explore the word “phytocannabinoid.” A phytocannabinoid is a primary chemical compound that’s produced by every cannabis plant. Both THC and CBD are types of phytocannabinoids.

Hemp Vs. The Devil’s Lettuce

Hemp is not psychoactive, but marijuana is. Hemp and marijuana are not the same plant, they are merely a part of the cannabis family. They are entirely different species, and are only similar in certain compounds that they make. In some states, you need a medical marijuana card to purchase marijuana, but you don’t need a special card other than your debit or credit card to buy CBD oil, tinctures, or salves because it’s federally legal and has nothing to do with marijuana. The “plant chemicals” (a term we’ve actually heard) are not the same in marijuana and hemp, unless you’re of course talking about carbon or oxygen and hydrogen, as those are probably all present.

How Do Phytocannabinoids Work?

Humans and mammals alike, naturally create something called endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids the cannabinoids in both hemp and marijuana are called phytocannabinoids because “phyto” merely means plant. “Endo” means within, hence why the cannabinoids we create are called endocannabinoids. Essentially, these compounds play a natural part in our immune and central nervous system functions which is why phytocannabinoids mesh so well with our own endocannabinoid system which is responsible for our homeostasis and general health. Marijuana gets you “high” because it has more than 0.3 percent of  THC within it. THC is the only phytocannabinoid that has psychoactive properties. Hemp however, has much less than 0.3 percent of THC and certain hemp extracts can actually have no THC in them, which is why it is not psychoactive in any regard. There are actually over 80 different types of cannabinoids in either cannabis plant. THC and CBD are merely the most popular ones and the most dominant in most strains of the different cannabis plant species.

How Does CBD Oil Differ From Hemp Seed Oil If It’s Just “Hemp”?

First of all, they’re not the same thing. Hemp seed oil is used for creative vegan cooking. CBD oil, while it can be used for cooking, is more about improving your body’s overall health and wellness more than anything else. In fact, hemp seed oil is not even made from the same kind of hemp plant as CBD oil and other CBD products are made from. Thus, they don’t contain similar amounts of phytocannabinoids, nor can hemp seed oil be used to help support a sense of calm or recovery from exercise-induced inflammation or your overall focus on a day-to-day basis like CBD oil can.

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We’re passionate about introducing you to a sense of wellness and health that you’ve never experienced before. Our CBD products weren’t created because we were trying to ride on the pot market’s coat tails. We’re merely trying to introduce folks to a product that could make their life better. If you’re intrigued, feel free to watch our blog for more naturally entertaining and yet, informative, articles about CBD including the latest research as well as pulling the curtain back on the CBD industry and what the terms you come across mean. Satiate your curiosity, shop our products to start feeling what it’s like to be on CBD now.