CBD and hemp are often talked about together, so are they the same thing?

CBD and hemp are often talked about together, so are they the same thing?


Hemp is a strain of the ‘cannabis sativa’ plant species. 

Although cannabis and industrial hemp both derive from cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Unlike cannabis, hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD). In short, neither hemp nor CBD will get you high. Hemp has been grown for thousands of years. These days, hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products. The 2018 Farm Bill changed hemp from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity, legalizing hemp federally, which made it easier for farmers to get production licenses, loans to grow hemp and federal crop insurance.

So where does CBD come in?

CBD is derived from hemp. CBD is one of the chemical compounds called ‘cannabinoids’ that are found in the cannabis sativa plant. But CBD, unlike THC, is not psychoactive and therefore does not result in a ‘high.’

CBD comes in many forms, some of which are edible, others that can be smoked or used on the body’s exterior, like a rub or cream. many people use CBD as a treatment for various ailments — most commonly, pain and anxiety.

Both come in many forms and have a variety of uses. CBD and hemp both come from cannabis sativa, the cannabis plant. Despite the 2018 Farm Bill, the laws and regulations surrounding CBD and hemp-related products are complicated and vary depending on location and other circumstances.

The most important thing to know about CBD is that it does not have psychoactive effects. Instead, it is popular for its other benefits, such as relaxation and relief of pain.


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