Hemp CBD vs. Cannabis CBD: What’s the Difference?

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CBD products are skyrocketing in popularity. Made by extracting one of the active cannabinoids chemicals, cannabidiol, from the cannabis plant, CBD oils are used in many different forms such as:

  • Tinctures,

  • Baked goods

  • Topical lotions

  • Creams

  • Candies

  • E-juice liquids

Fans of CBD often report relief from symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other ailments, without the "high" associated with cannabis products that contain THC. The FDA has even approved to a CBD-based drug to treat certain seizure disorders. Even if you've already tried CBD, you might not be aware of the difference between hemp CBD and cannabis CBD. Here's what you need to know before further exploring the benefits of this substance.

Understanding the Harvest Process

Hemp and cannabis are actually two different parts of the same plant. Cannabis consists of the buds or flowers typically referred to as marijuana. Cannabis flower has long been used for medicinal and recreational purposes. It contains both CBD and THC as well as around 100 other cannabinoids.

Hemp refers to the stems, stalks, and seeds of the plant, which are harvested for industrial purposes such as making fabrics and rope. Legally, hemp must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. Smoking, vaping or otherwise ingesting hemp does not create a psychoactive effect.

Choosing the Right Oil

You'll find CBD oil made from both hemp and from cannabis flower. While hemp oil contains only about 3.5 percent CBD, high-quality cannabis CBD oil contains up to 20 percent CBD. This is the product you should look for if you want to try CBD for medicinal purposes. While CBD hemp oil has lots of vitamins and antioxidants, including magnesium, vitamin E and potassium, it is not associated with the positive effects that have been attributed to cannabis-based CBD oil.

Furthermore, different extraction methods are used for hemp and cannabis CBD. Hemp oil is made only from pressed seeds, similar to the process used to make sesame oil. After the pressing process, the resulting product is usually not tested for purity. In contrast, CBD is extracted from the cannabis flower with a solvent, such as butane oil or ethanol. The resulting liquid can be used in a variety of forms. Many reputable CBD oil producers use independent third-party testing to document the purity of their products.

How CBD Works

Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, which is part of the nervous system. According to Medical News Today, CBD attaches to receptors in the endocannabinoid system called CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors play a role in regulating body functions such as mood, coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory and cognition. CB2 receptors manage pain and inflammation. Some scientists think that CBD helps the endocannabinoid system work more effectively. This may explain why CBD is considered one of the best strains for depression.

Find CBD Products in Phoenix

Innovative CBD products make it easy to control your dosage and experience. For example, you can choose pre-filled CBD oil cartridges that attach to most standard pen vaporizers for discreet use on the go. Edible oil capsules are available in 20 to 50 mg doses if you prefer a more traditional medication experience. Many find that topical CBD provides relief from muscle pain, inflammation, arthritis and other types of chronic pain. This product is available in convenient creams and lotions.

Browse the online shop at Giving Tree Dispensary to learn more about the high-quality CBD products we offer. Arizona travelers and residents can visit our Phoenix dispensary in person. You can also contact us to learn more if you're just getting started with CBD. Our experienced team members will be happy to answer all your questions.

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