Interest and research in cannabidiol (CBD) is quickly rising in recent times as knowledge of its medicinal benefits are becoming widespread. So, we thought it’d be helpful to present a few points about the difference between hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD:

  • Industrial hemp contains much lower percentage of THC than what exists in more resin dense plants such as Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica. Because of this, it requires much more hemp to produce the same amount of CBD that it would with either of the other types.
  • You may have heard of the Entourage Effect. Basically, the idea is that primary cannabinoids such as THCA and CBDA are most potent when combined with a multitude of other cannabinoids and terpenes. Studies have shown that pure-CBD(sometimes called isolated CBD or single-molecule CBD) is much less effective than cannabis-derived or whole-plant CBD, which contains an abundance of terpenes. With CBD that is derived from hemp, as opposed to from whole cannabis plants, so much of the terpenes and cannabinoids are removed, diminishing its therapeutic effect. This is not to say that single-molecule CBD is bad necessarily, but it’s important to know that using cannabis-derived CBD will be substantially more medicinally beneficial.
  • One other downside to using hemp-derived CBD is that hemp is a great bio-accumulator. This can be both good and bad, depending on the purpose, but for the sake of medicinal use, it’s probably bad. This is because hemp is used to absorb toxins such as heavy metals in soil, and thus has been used commonly as a soil-remediator. But because, as noted in the first point about industrial hemp’s lower THC/CBD percentages, it’s much more likely to absorb toxins due to the increased amount of hemp required to produce CBD.

This is just some basic information about the differences between hemp vs. cannabis-derived CBD, so by all means check out these links, or research more for yourselves if you’d like to learn more! Thanks fellow kushies!

PK Team