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Are All CBD Molecules Created Equally?

A look into Hemp derived CBD vs. Marijuana derived CBD

A commonly visited topic in the cannabis industry and with The CBDistillery™ community is the difference between CBD, cannabidiol, derived from hemp versus CBD derived from marijuana. While some canna consumers argue there is no difference between the CBD produced from these two products, others passionately debate that CBD derived from marijuana is superior. So what are the facts? Below we explore the unbiased, scientific data regarding this subject.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are grown for different purposes. Hemp – also called industrial hemp- is one of the oldest plants known to man, dating back to 8000 BC (1). The plant itself is typically tall and thin and cultivated to produce food, oils, paper, other textiles, and high CBD extractions. Marijuana plants, on the other hand, are bred for their psychotropic properties.

The cannabis plant species, which includes industrial hemp, contains 60 known cannabinoid compounds. The levels of THC in cannabis are what legally distinguish which plants are considered hemp and which are considered marijuana. High levels of THC (3 -15%) which is the most well-known compound in cannabis and is the cannabinoid most commonly associated with the plants’ psychoactive properties, is found in higher concentrations in marijuana plants, where as industrial hemp status is given to cannabis plants with THC levels less than .3%.

CBD in hemp plants vs. CBD in marijuana plants

Cannabinoid ratios differ from each cannabis strain. Whereas the marijuana strain in Girl Scout Cookies has high levels of CBG, the Sativa strain Durban Poison is richer in THCV. Neither strain is necessarily better, they just different in cannabinoid ratios. Similarly, hemp is a cannabis strain with typically higher concentrations of CBD, CBG, CBC and sometimes THCV but will always have low levels of THC.

Are all CBD molecules created equally?

The CBD molecule when isolated is the same whether it was derived from marijuana or hemp. Thus, the argument of the CBD molecule being different in marijuana and hemp is a misconception. Franjo Grotenhermen of the International Association of Cannabinoid Medicines famously declared, “CBD is CBD. The human body does not care where the molecule comes from (2).”

To better understand this, think of drinking water from the faucet of your sink or a filtered water bottle. Although the purity of the water might be different, the H2O molecule is consistent.

Similar to the above analogy, what is arguably relevant in the debate between hemp versus marijuana extracts should be the purity and safety of the cannabidiol someone is consuming, regardless of the plant, it is derived from.

The Importance of Extraction Methods

There are various ways of extracting cannabidiol from a cannabis plant, each with their pros and cons. CO2 and ethanol extraction are two of the most commonly used methods. CO2 extraction, for example, uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to extract, preserve, and maintain the purity of the CBD oil. According to ProjectCBD.org, ‘when well done the end product is safe, potent, and free of chlorophyll’ (3). When choosing a CBD product, make sure the company uses a safe solvent and a verified extraction method.

Conclusion

A molecule is a molecule is a molecule. This theory is consistent when it comes to all cannabis products, including CBD products derived from hemp and marijuana plants. It is highly recommended when choosing a CBD product, to look beyond which plant the molecule has been extracted from and consider the potency, safety, and most importantly, the quality which is not impacted by what type of cannabis the molecule came from but rather the purity of the molecule itself.

 

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Sources:

  1. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/hemp-101-what-is-hemp-whats-it-used-for-and-why-is-it-illegal
  2. http://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/cbd-hemp-oil-vs-cbd-medical-marijuana/
  3. https://www.projectcbd.org/cannabis-oil-extraction

 

To help you find the right product for you, we have created a Master List of how to ingest every one of our products, how they are used and some helpful hints! Hopefully, this will give you enough information to be able to make the best choice for you and your needs 🙂

Our Isolate is one of our most popular products! We have a few different options for our Isolate, they are all the same base product – just in different forms. We recommend our Isolate CBDab Powder and Slab for dabbing and vaping and our CBDelicious Formulation Powder for cooking, making your own CBD products, or mixing into a smoothie. We understand that not everyone is interested in dabbing and wanted to create a version of our most popular product for those who are looking to use it in ways more suitable to their needs!

Our Tinctures come in at a close second for most popular! They can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or mixed into juice or a smoothie. Please note that we DO NOT recommend vaping these as they are not formulated to be inhaled. If you are interested in Vape Products, they are right below 🙂 We carry a variety of potencies: 250mg500mg1000mg2500mg and 5000mg. They are made with coconut MCT oil (Carrying Oil) and a full spectrum Extracted Hemp Oil. For more info on the difference between each Tincture, see our FAQ “How Much CBD is in Each Tincture”. If you are looking for a good starting point, our 1000mg is our best seller. If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, we recommend our 2500mg.

We also have a Pet Tincture for our four-legged friends. What makes this Tincture different from our Human Tinctures is that we use organic cold pressed hemp seed oil as a carrier oil instead of the MCT coconut oil. We chose to use hemp seed oil for our Pet Tincture because MCT oil is known to be hard on some animal’s digestion. **Please note that both our Human and Pet Tinctures can be taken by both humans and pets! Please email us for more info**

And now to our Vape Products – these are a newer offering and we are more than excited about them! We have our disposable Vape Pens (these come with their own battery) these are great for on-the-go CBD! We also offer our Vape Carts that are compatible with 510 thread batteries. You will need a external 510 thread compatible battery to use our Vape Carts. You can find the 510 Vape battery we offer right HERE. We are working on a Vape Juice as well, so please keep an eye out on our email newsletter for announcements and updates!

If you are wanting something less intense that you can still take orally, we highly recommend our Capsules. We also offer Soft Gels in a few different varieties – Full Spectrum and Isolate. All of our Capsules come in 25mg or 30mg potencies.

We have 2 Topicals, our CBDol Salve, which is more of a muscle rub, and our CBDefine Skin Care Cream, which is more of a face cream. Both contain 500mg of CBD in a 1oz container.

Our 80% Broad Spectrum Wax is a combo of CBD, natural terpenes, CBD and CBG. We recommend dabbing this one.

Some of our other dabbing favorites are our Terpsolates. These are 99% Pure Isolated CBD infused with terpenes 🙂 Each Terpsolate is named after the terpene strain and packed full of flavor and delicious smell.

Our Suppositories are for rectal use or as vaginal capsule. They should be stored in refrigerator (at 35 – 46 degrees Fahrenheit).

Our Colorado hemp derived Terpenes are natural, solvent free, and extracted using a CO2 method. Terpenes aid in the Entourage Effect as well as enhancing the flavor profile of the compound you are dabbing.

If you just can’t decide (we don’t blame you!) we have Discount Packs that combine our products, perfect for trying them out and finding your favorite.

For more info from our Customer’s perspective, please check out the Testimonials located at the bottom of each product page.

Hopefully, this helped! If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Customer Loyalty Team, at sales@thecbdistillery.com.

 

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