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What's the difference between CBD Oil derived from Hemp and Marijuana?


THC content is the main difference between these two sources of CBD Oil

In this article we explore the relationship between Hemp Plants, Marijuana and what types of CBD Oil they produce.

marijuana plants

Marijuana plants  are basically cannabis plants with more than 0.2% THC.

Whereas Hemp Plants are plants that also produce cannabis buds but do not yield more than 0.2% THC.

Therefore final CBD products gained from Marijuana plants have <0.2% THC content which is deemed a psychoactive amount. But CBD dosage coming from Hemp Plants has less than 0.2% THC and so is defined as a food supplement.

So the first main difference between these two is the THC content.

Resultantly CBD Oil from Hemp Plants constitute as food supplements due to their non-psychoactive effects as opposed to Marijuana plants. Secondly CBD products coming from Hemp Plants are legal as they are within the limits of THC content set by the FSA.


Both these plants have contrasting appearances. This affects the properties of the CBD Oil derived from each. 

The tall thin structure of Hemp Plants is borne out of selective breeding. This is because the tall narrow stalks and long thin leaves have the majority of CBD needed for legal CBD products. As a result people especially work towards cultivating this specific Hemp plant.

hemp plant has cbd oil

On the other hand the majority of THC is found in the Cannabis bud. This bud is kept bushy and flowery to reap more THC. Therefore Marijuana plants are allowed to grow freely, but the genetics of these plants means they are shorter than Hemp Plants. 

marijuana plant and cbd oil

The final result are shorter bushier Marijuana plants with cannabis buds packed with THC that are bigger than ones from Hemp Plants. Whereas Hemp Plant's stalks and leaves are used for CBD Oil. There is also no interest in the bud of this plant which is smaller and less THC rich. Thereby allowing the CBD Oil from Hemp Plants to have under 0.2% THC.

Different Oil Different Plant

cbd oil and hemp plants

Ironically despite the title of this blog the oils derived from Hemp Plant and Marijuana aren't strictly the same. This is due to the different compositions of oils sourced from both.

For example the oil coming from Hemp Plants includes phytonutrients like Terpenes and Flavonoids. Terpenes are what makes the plant green and includes chlorophyll.

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil derived from whole Hemp Plant also has a balanced range of cannabinoids like CBD, CBDa, CBG, CBGa and CBC that all work together to induce the entourage effect in your EndoCannabinoid system.

Therefore you can define the oils coming from Hemp Plant as CBD Oil or Full Spectrum Hemp Oil due to the higher incidence of CBD or other cannabinoids but with lesser THC. 

In contrast oils coming from Marijuana have less phytonutrients and cannabinoids that aren't THC. The mass of THC coming from these plants has convinced some to name oil coming from Marijuana plants as Cannabis oil.

So now you know the differences between CBD Oil from these plants 

To wrap things up the main difference of the oils coming from Hemp Plants and Marijuana are that the latter has higher amounts of THC much above the legal limit of 0.2%.

Secondly the tall skinny nature of Hemp's stalks and leaves that are cultivated means that low THC CBD Oil is produced. Whereas with Marijuana plants the cannabis bud is cultivated usually for its THC content. 

Lastly the oils themselves are different meaning different names, phytonutrients found in oil from whole Hemp Plant gives it the name CBD Oil. The oil from marijuana is more THC rich and so can be named Cannabis Oil.