Does CBD come from marijuana or hemp?
Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of the cannabis plant. One of the most important differences is that marijuana can contain up to 30 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive component in cannabis – while hemp contains less than 0.3 percent (per dry weight), a negligible amount.
Cannabidiol (CBD) can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana. CBD oil with less than 0.3 percent THC is considered to come from hemp, whereas CBD oil with more than 0.3 percent is considered to come from marijuana.
It’s important to understand the difference, not just because of the varying effects to users, but because the legality of hemp-derived CBD products and marijuana-derived CBD products differ.
In the United States, CBD oil with more than 0.3 percent THC cannot legally be bought or sold online. Consumers who desire CBD with higher levels of THC must visit a licensed dispensary.
Want to know more about the difference between THC and CBD? We break down the chemical structures of the two cannabinoids here.