A Brief Look at Hemp vs Marijuana
If you are new to either hemp flower or marijuana, it can be confusing what the differences between hemp and marijuana are. In fact, a (outbound link) European Union study of 97 Cannabis strains “concluded that short of chemical analysis of the THC content, there was no way to distinguish between marijuana and hemp varieties.”
In other words, the key difference between marijuana and hemp is that marijuana usually contains around 15 – 20% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and 1-4% CBD (cannabidiol). Meanwhile, hemp contains 0.3% THC or less and 5-20% CBD.
A low amount of THC is a prime reason that you can legally buy hemp flower online in all 50 states and not marijuana.
What is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)?
High amounts of THC is what gives marijuana its psychoactive properties and helps people get “high.” THC is also the reason that marijuana is considered illegal in many states and why it is illegal on a federal level.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency currently lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug. According to DEA.gov, “heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote” are Schedule I drugs.
Again, marijuana usually contains around 15 – 20% THC and hemp contains 0.3% THC or less.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
Both hemp and marijuana contain a fair amount of CBD. Unlike THC, CBD is legal to buy in the US if it is derived from hemp. You’ll be happy to know that there is no difference between the CBD that comes from hemp versus the CBD that comes from marijuana!
Hemp CBD is best known as being responsible for the relaxing affect that can come when consuming it. While it is still being studied for its medicinal uses, CBD has been widely used to treat seizure disorders like epilepsy.
The Benefits of Hemp CBD
Many people prefer to consume CBD with low THC (0.3%) because it appears to give them a more relaxing and calming feeling, without the psychoactive high of THC. While the medical benefits of CBD are still being studied, scientific publications have documented evidence backing up CBD’s calming effect for disorders including epilepsy, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
One study conducted at the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research showed “cannabis cigarettes reduced pain by 34% to 40% compared with placebo (17% to 20% decrease in pain).” Another study documented a “beneficial effect of CBD in reducing seizure frequency by more than 50%.” And yet another study documented that “CBD was shown to be helpful for decreasing anxiety through a simulated public speaking test at doses of 300 mg to 600 mg in single-dose studies.”
The most promising study of all involves the safety of consuming CBD. You’ll be happy to know that there has not been a single report of “lethal overdose with either of the cannabinoids and, outside of concerns over abuse, major complications are very limited,” according to this study.
Is CBD Legal? Where can you buy Hemp CBD?
Thanks to the (outbound ) 2018 Farm Bill, you can purchase hemp CBD legally in all 50 states, as long as it is derived from hemp with 0.3% THC or less. The good news is that CBD from hemp is exactly the same as CBD from marijuana, so if you’re switching from marijuana to hemp – you will still get all the same benefits that CBD can offer you.
You can legally buy hemp cbd in the form of oils, hemp creams, hemp flower, and pre-rolled hemp bud joints in all 50 states. You can purchase over the counter or even buy hemp online and have it delivered.
Now that you know the key differences between hemp and marijuana, you can better decide for yourself what you’d like to try (depending on the legality of your state). Because hemp flower and hemp cbd product is legal in all 50 states, you’ll have a much easier time of it.
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Ruby's Happy Farm, LLC was established on 6 acres of family legacy land that had been farmed by earlier generations for 50+ years. Our farm is licensed to grow Hemp and is located in Robertson County, Tennessee.At Ruby's Happy Farm, LLC each individual hemp flower is carefully planted, by hand, without the use of plant fertilizers or pesticides. Transparency is critical; a certificate of analysis (COA), soil and pesticide tests are available for review upon request. Contact Ruby’s Happy Farm, LLC if you need additional information.