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What's the Difference Between Hemp, CBD, and THC?

Updated on June 14, 2019

Companies Aren't Always Honest

With the cannabis industry becoming a cash cow in such a wide array, you can find anything from oils, to creams, to edibles, and more. You see something labeled CBD oil and assume that it's going to work for your aches, pains, sleeping problems, and anxiety. The trouble is, not everyone knows the major differences between the parts of the cannabis plant.

After purchasing a product they thought might be of some use, consumers are quickly disappointed when they find out it isn't at all the product they were hoping for. Here's a clear, easy to understand idea of where CBD, THC, and hemp are derived, along with how they work.

CBD, or Cannabidiol

This is usually what people are seeking out when they need relief from stiff joints or pain. More importantly, CBD is the preferred method of controlling seizures that result from conditions such as epilepsy. In fact, cannabis and epilepsy have played a major role in opening the door for medical use. CBD oil is preferred for treating seizures because it does not have the same psychoactive effect that THC does.

This has made it possible for both adults and children to safely consume cannabis without experiencing any kind of "high." This is because CBD is derived from the "hemp" portion of the plant. Unlike hemp oil though, CBD oil comes from the flowers; other forms of hemp in the cannabis plant are derived from the seeds and stems.

CBD oil has gained so much recognition, that the United States FDA has both approved and encouraged the use of the substance medicinally for severe epilepsy.

Beware false medical claims by companies that label hemp oil as CBD oil!

THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol

This is where people become skeptical about the medical use of cannabis. They're afraid to take CBD oil because they're afraid it might get them high, the good news is that this is simply false! THC comes from the flower or bud portion of the plant; if you look at it up close you can see that it contains tiny hairs and crystals.

Products that contain significant levels of THC will give you a buzz, but it also helps cancer patients get back their appetite and sleep better. Much like CBD, it can be turned into an oil or edible to make it safer than smoking.

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Hemp

Derived from the stems, seeds, and leaves of the plant, hemp contains no CBD or THC whatsoever. You can find products containing hemp just about anywhere you go because the material is biodegradable and cheap for companies to produce. Makeup, lotion, hair care, and other cosmetic items are frequently displayed by cannabis-themed companies such as KUSH, Malin + Goetz, and Crave Skincare.

The popularity of using hemp derived products is on the rise, and you can find it in everything from notebooks, printer paper, pencils, and other everyday items.

Cannabis Derived Products for Purchase Should Be FDA Approved

You've probably seen that tiny lettering on products that are advertised on CBD products that says "These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA." This means that there is a chance that the item in your hand may not do what it says it will. There hasn't been any government-run testing that proves the claims being made by the company are true.

Many cannabis enthusiasts have suspicion toward organizations like the Food and Drug Administration and big pharma. However, the FDA does mean well, and the purpose of its very existence is to keep consumers from being lied to and taken advantage of. Until the current US government can agree upon the legality of cannabis use, it's essential that consumers educate themselves and look closely at CBD products before buying them.

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