What’s the Difference Between Hemp, CBD, and THC Really?

THC, CBD, and Hemp are all on the brink of becoming major buzzwords. But it is not because they lack meaning or depth, in fact, they represent a booming industry that consumers are celebrating and manufacturers and growers are building burgeoning businesses on.

Long gone are the days where marijuana was simply smoked in the form of a joint at music festivals or exchanged between delinquents behind the back of high schools.

Rather, we are seeing this same substance used as a medicinal herb utilized widely across the country to treat a wide array of different ailments and conditions, including cancer and more commonly, anxiety and stress.

Because Hemp, CBD, and THC are derived from the cannabis plant, their definitions are used interchangeably often making it difficult to decipher the differences between them.

So, to clear up some of the myths, we are breaking down the purposes of each compound. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are the most dominant compounds found in cannabis, but it’s the THC that will give users a “high” when consumed, while CBD is non-psychoactive, making it a go-to for many people who want the benefits of the plant without the side effects.

Then we have Hemp, which is the fiber taken from the plant and is grown mostly for industrial purposes (oil, paper, and clothing) and has very small traces of THC.

Hemp is also the main ingredient used in THC-free (or mostly free) products. It is important to mention that since Amazon cannot legally sell CBD, the featured products here are labeled “hemp oil” but our research shows that they mostly offer the same effects as most CBD-based products.

Confusing, we know, but until the regulation of CBD occurs, this is what consumers should know and consider.

It is important to also understand that when using hemp-based products, we each respond very differently (and for many reasons) to the hundreds of products with these ingredients available on the market, so, make sure to educate yourself on hemp’s effects and uses and use at your discretion.


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