When people talk about cannabidiol oil, they often get confused. This is because the oil can be extracted either from hemp or marijuana, so it is essential to differentiate both plants and the purposes with which each one is cultivated

To start with, both plants have large morphological differences. The cannabis plant, cultivated for recreational purposes, is usually short and contains flowers and buds; by contrast, the hemp is long and narrow, it can reach up to five meters in height and does not contain shoots. Hemp has been shaped over the years to extract seeds, oil and fiber, as well as for the production of textiles, foods and other products.

Furthermore, the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) and cannabidiol (CBD) in both plants are completely different. Hemp is grown for the purpose of achieving low concentrations of TCH (maximum of 1.5%) and high levels of CBD, while marijuana contains both in good proportions, getting to reach up to 20% of TCH.

Although both are excellent options for the extraction of CBD, hemp is by far the best option, this is because it is easier to separate the two active principles on the plant. In the case of marijuana and, in order to reduce or eliminate the psychotropic effects that the TCH can produce (such as change in the senses and perception), this separation would be way more complicated.

These differences should be known by consumers, since both products can generate different reactions in the body. Although cannabidiol is derived from both, marijuana, by containing high TCH, can generate undesirable side effects, not to mention this component is illegal in many countries. On the other hand, the CDB that is obtained from the hemp, is purer, safer, easier to use, does not give the sensation of “feeling high” and is legal.

In conclusion, CBD from marijuana can be beneficial in the treatment of different disorders, however the effects it produces can overshadow its medicinal use, meanwhile hemp does not produce side effects, it can be administered to people of all ages (including children, babies and pregnant or lactating women), and you do not need a permit or prescription to buy it. Clearly hemp is the winner on this dispute.