Hemp CBD or Cannabis-Derived CBD

Liz Filmer
02 Nov 2023

It has been debated that CBD that is derived from industrial hemp has the same effects as cannabis-derived CBD, making it a possible alternative for patients who can't lawfully access medical cannabis but can legally obtain hemp-derived CBD products.

 Many people aren't completely acquainted with hemp-derived CBD. Hemp CBD is CBD that has been extracted from industrial hemp, the non-intoxicating variety of cannabis. Hemp-derived CBD derivatives contain less than 0.3% THC, so do not deliver the high generally associated with cannabis. Hemp-based CBD products are used frequently for wellness-related problems, such as sleep, mood, relaxation, skincare, and focus.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is a cannabis plant that grows fast and tall like bamboo. The stalks and seeds of the hemp plant have been used for thousands of years to make various products. Hemp naturally contains low levels of THC, which fall under 0.3%, so the use of hemp-derived CBD products presents no risk of providing the high that is induced through THC. 

Cannabis-derived CBD, on the other hand, typically refers to strains of cannabis that were selectively produced to contain more elevated levels of CBD along with an eclectic range of other cannabinoids and terpenes. 


Although hemp-derived CBD by-products that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal, some regions still prohibit hemp CBD. Cannabis-derived CBD products are still widely illegal, but some regions do allow their use. You should always check the laws of where you live and those of anywhere you travel. 

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

CBD and THC are both cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC is the chemical compound famously known for producing a euphoric high feeling. At the same time, CBD is a non-intoxicating compound more commonly associated with therapeutic use for clear-headed, practical effects. 

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Liz Filmer