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

 

How do I use the products?

The following is a complete list of our products and how to ingest them. Hopefully this will give you enough information to be able to make the best choice for you and your needs.

Our Isolate can be dabbed, made into vape juice or butter. It is also activated, so you can sprinkle it on food or in a smoothie. It comes in Powder and Slab form for, depending on your preference.

Our Tinctures can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or mixed into juice or a smoothie. You can choose from a 250mg500mg, or 1000mg Tincture. The 1000mg Tincture will have a higher concentrated amount of CBD than the 250mg Tincture, the bottles are all the same size. They are made with coconut MCT oil (Carrying Oil) and a full spectrum Extracted Hemp Oil. Take a peek at the video below : )

Our Capsules can be taken orally and contain 25 mg Cannabinoids per capsule from Non-GMO raw Hemp Extract.

Our CBDol Salve can be applied topically and is made with Hemp Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Eucalyptus, Arnica, Basil, Camphor, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Green Tea, Lecithin, Cinnamon, Grapefruit Seed, Aloe, USD Kosher Glycerin, Magnesium, CBD, Bees Wax.

Our Colorado hemp derived Terpenes are natural, solvent free, and extracted using a CO2 method. Terpenes enhance the flavor profile of the compound you are dabbing. You can find more info on how to use our Terpenes here on our YouTube channel.

We also have a Pet Tincture for our four legged friends. We use organic cold pressed, hemp seed oil which is a higher cost oil compared to fractionated coconut MCT oil which we use in our human tincture. We chose to use hemp seed oil because MCT oil is known to be hard on some animal’s digestion.

 

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