What Makes Hemp and Marijuana Different

Dr. Barry will help you to understand what the differences are between hemp and marijuana from the standpoint of its components and how they interact.

What makes hemp and marijuana different?

Throughout history Marijuana has been bred to have very high levels of THC which is mostly concentrated in the trichomes and flowers of the plant traditionally containing low levels of cannabidiol (CBD).

Marijuana can be Cannabis Indica or Cannabis Sativa species while Industrial Hemp is always Cannabis sativa. Marijuana traditionally will be full of flowering dense buds, bushy, and overall smaller in size. Whereas, Industrial Hemp on the opposite side of the spectrum also has flowering buds, extremely fibrous long stalks, and contains very high levels of CBD while only having trace amounts of THC.

Whether CBD is derived from Hemp or Marijuana, remember, CBD is CBD. We can think of this in terms of vitamin C, which can be derived from a variety of sources yet still remains vitamin C. Our body doesn’t have the ability or need to determine the source of vitamin C, it just utilizes it accordingly.

Due to the natural cannabinoid profile of hemp and marijuana, hemp is phenomenal in that it enables one to receive the benefits of Cannabis without the “high” effect traditionally seen with Marijuana. When Marijuana is cultivated the male plants are pulled and female plants are then grown, since the majority of the THC is derived from a specific part of the plant primarily the flowering buds.

An exceptionally high percentage of CBD can be produced consistently and naturally from the Industrial Hemp plant hence it does not make legal or practical sense if you are looking for benefits of CBD to obtain it from Marijuana. For obvious reasons I preferred CBD sourced from Hemp!

*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Barry Morrison and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Barry nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle change program.


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