The CBD used in Cibdol CBD products comes from hemp. However, understanding the difference between it and cannabis (Marijuana) is a bit confusing. The confusion stems from the fact that the two are so closely related that the illegal status of cannabis tends to limit public knowledge about hemp. However, there are some very significant differences between these two plants, regardless of their genetic similarities.
The main difference between hemp and cannabis is genetics. Although similar, hemp plants come from Sativa cannabis varieties specially bred for agricultural and industrial purposes. Hemp is believed to be one of the oldest man-made crops, used in textiles, food, building materials, rope, paper, and all sorts of other applications. Over time, its selective breeding has resulted in a plant very different from the original “cannabis” family. Cannabis, on the other hand, is often cultivated for recreational and, more recently, medicinal purposes.
This brings us to the next difference between hemp and cannabis. As hemp has been selectively bred for centuries for industrial purposes, its THC content has decreased to the point where it is only found in trace amounts. This allows hemp to be grown legally in most countries, even where THC is illegal. The amount of THC in hemp is so negligible (around 0.02%) that it is impossible to get high on it. Cannabis, on the other hand, is specially bred to contain a high level of THC, a psychoactive compound that is illegal in most countries.
Its legality is another difference between both plants. In most countries – and certainly throughout the EU – hemp is considered legal, and is often grown freely or under license. As a result, any product made with hemp is also considered legal. Cannabis, on the other hand, does not have this freedom and its cultivation is restricted to researchers with a special license.
Both hemp and cannabis contain CBD, but hemp often contains more. Over the years, cannabis has been selectively bred to contain large amounts of THC, so CBD has often been neglected by its breeders. The result is a strain of extremely potent cannabis with very little CBD. But that is changing; With the rise of medical marijuana, breeders are bringing back a balance between these two cannabinoids, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Hemp, by contrast, has not lost its CBD content over the years, and can contain very potent amounts.
The way in which hemp and cannabis are grown is also different, again due to selective breeding. While the way cannabis is grown has hardly changed, hemp has been bred to grow tall and thick, with very little foliage. This is because the most sought after part of the plant is its stem, since its fibers have numerous applications; although, recently, hemp seeds have become more popular as a healthy source of food.
And finally, the way in which hemp and cannabis are investigated is also different. Scientific research into cannabis is highly restricted, largely focusing on THC and its effects on the body and mind – although cannabis is also being investigated for its CBD content, and how CBD and THC interact . Hemp, on the other hand, is researched for various purposes. It is an excellent source of CBD, which leads to medical research, but is also studied for its other properties, such as its implications for building, nutrition, sustainability, and heavy metal recovery.
As you can see, between these two plants there are important differences. They may be closely related, but they are not the same. Cibdol CBD Oil is made entirely from hemp, so there is no chance of contamination. Hemp is the future.