With so many CBD oil products on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to purchase. There are actually three different plants that hemp CBD oil can come from: Hemp, Marijuana, and Cannabis. Let’s take a look at each one and what you should know before you buy your next CBD product.
Marijuana - The Most Common Type of Hemp
Marijuana, which is short for cannabis, is a species of flowering plant that can grow in many different environments. The cannabis plant produces THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which causes changes in your brain chemistry and leads to a euphoric high when smoked or ingested. For its psychoactive properties, marijuana has been outlawed in some states. In other states, it’s legal for medicinal and recreational use.
On the other hand, CBD comes from industrial hemp plants with less than 0.3% THC. This means you won’t get high from taking CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp. And unlike marijuana, you don't need a medical card to purchase products made with industrial hemp-derived CBD.
Industrial Hemp - Grown for Fiber, Health, Beauty & More
Hemp (the non-drug kind of cannabis) is one of humanity’s oldest crops, with evidence of hemp cultivation dating back more than 10,000 years. Today, it’s grown in many countries around the world and can be used to make a multitude of products including fabric, food and personal care items.
Hemp is also a popular source for cannabidiol (CBD), which is often used as an all-natural way to help reduce anxiety or relieve pain. Industrial hemp is typically low in THC, but high in CBD. This means that industrial hemp plants do not produce psychoactive effects when consumed.
However, there are some strains of hemp that have been bred to contain higher levels of THC. In states where marijuana is legal, these strains are usually referred to as hemp or marijuana-type strains and they may produce slight euphoric effects. But generally speaking, most people use industrial hemp oil because it doesn't cause feelings of intoxication - making it a great option for those who need relief from inflammation without feeling high.
Hybrid - A Combination of Both Marijuana & Industrial Hemp
Products containing both marijuana and industrial hemp are popular among those seeking help with pain management, as it combines high THC levels with CBD. Marijuana is known for its psychoactive properties and contains other therapeutic cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG. Industrial hemp does not naturally produce THC or any other cannabinoids; instead, it can be bred with high levels of either THC or CBD.
As a result, products made from hybrid plants will have varying amounts of each cannabinoid. For example, a hybrid plant could have high levels of THC and low levels of CBD or vice versa.
It’s important to note that even though products made from hybrid plants may appear to have more CBD than THC on paper, you won’t necessarily experience higher levels of relief from your symptoms because each person reacts differently to different cannabinoid ratios.
Ruderalis - The Cannabinoid Variety That Can Survive With Less Light
Ruderalis is one of three plant species known for producing cannabinoids and Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. Today, the vast majority of strains are a mix of these three cannabis species; ruderalis has mainly been used to create industrial hemp varieties that do not contain THC, making it illegal in most countries where medical or recreational cannabis is prohibited.
However, some breeders have recently begun working with ruderalis again because they’ve discovered it produces a different kind of cannabinoid than its cousins: cannabidiol (CBD). Because CBD doesn’t get you high like THC does, there’s no risk of failing a drug test when using products derived from it.