Hemp CBD Oil vs Cannabis CBD Oil
Hemp CBD Oil and Cannabis CBD Oil are much more similar than many people believe, despite their different names and (technically) different origins. Since the legalisation of CBD itself, there has long been a debate about whether Cannabis CBD is better than Hemp CBD and vice versa, but what is most important is to understand what makes them different from each other, and whether or not one is actually better than the other.
Legality: Cannabis CBD vs Hemp CBD
For countless years, the cannabis plant was completely illegal to sell, possess, use or grow in the UK, and was classified as such in the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971 due to cannabis’ high THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content which produces psychoactive effects on the brain.
On the other hand, though, hemp plants were being mass-grown for industrial purposes, and were not on the “illegal” side of things, since they contain only the smallest traceable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannot possibly create any psychoactive effects; especially when grown in more industrial environments.
Then when it was discovered that CBD can be obtained from both cannabis plants and hemp plants, there was a large discussion about whether it was a safe and generally good idea to allow the CBD to be harvested from both types of plants.
Well, when all was said and done, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and the UK law all decided that it could be completely legal to use cannabis plants, as well as hemp plants, as a source from which CBD can be harvested. But there was one specific rule which stood out to the public, which was that all CBD must contain less than 0.2% THC, or else it would be deemed illegal to sell or buy within the UK.
This is the rule which is in place to make sure that, though CBD is sourced from THC-rich cannabis plants, it cannot possibly produce any psychoactive effects on the human body, and can be taken at any time without there being any risk involved of inhibition.
Cannabis CBD Oil
Cannabis CBD Oil is, as its name suggests, sourced from the cannabis plant, also known as the marijuana plant. The CBD is a naturally occurring component in cannabis and hemp and can be found in abundant quantities in these plants.
Because there is, as you know, also a very high content of THC in Cannabis plants, growers were faced with a little bit of a hard task when it comes to extracting CBD from the plants and separating the CBD from THC.
As you read above, CBD products cannot contain more than 0.2% THC, and that is a significantly low quantity of THC compared to that which is found in the natural state of cannabis itself. That said, companies have to put the CBD through different processes which allow them to separate the CBD from the THC.
Hemp CBD Oil
Hemp CBD is, you guessed it, sourced from the hemp plant. Hemp plants are of the same cannabis sativa family as cannabis (marijuana) plants, but they only produce a tiny fraction of THC compared to what cannabis plants produce. Hemp has been a legal plant to grow, harvest and use for industrial purposes.
While Hemp plants only produce a small amount of THC, this also means the amount of CBD they produce is lower as well. Hemp plants usually contain around 3-5% CBD compared to the 18-20% of CBD found in cannabis. That means larger amounts of plant matter are needed to produce CBD oil from Hemp.
So… Are They Really Different?
To answer that question shortly, no; CBD is CBD no matter whether it comes from cannabis plants or hemp plants, and it will be exactly the same in regards of effectiveness, nutritional value, dietary supplementation, and also in terms of taste, smell, consistency, etc. Just more plants were used to make one over the other.
The reason why some people will say Cannabis CBD is better than Hemp CBD is due to both plants being bioaccumulators and there is less regulation on the growing conditions of hemp plants at the moment. This basically means that they will suck up contaminants and unwanted heavy metals from the surrounding soils.
The argument is that there is less of a chance of contaminants in CBD derived from cannabis because they produce higher amounts of CBD and less plant matter is used to produce it. However, if both plants are grown under the proper conditions this should not be an issue.
That is why it is extremely important to make sure you know where CBD is being sourced from. This goes for any cannabis and hemp products, such as hemp seed oil. Any reputable brand (like all the ones on Bloom Botanics!)will advertise that the hemp or cannabis has been grown without the use of fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides or that they use Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). This makes it easier for you to know what you are getting.
I hope you found this blog interesting and helpful. If you would like to learn more about CBD please visit our other blogs! You will surely find many fun and interesting topics, and I hope you can learn something here on your truly BloomBotanics.co.uk!