A Comparison Between Hemp-Derived CBD And Marijuana-Based CBD

Several customers ask us how a product containing CBD from industrial hemp and CBD from the marijuana plant differ from each other. There are many distinctions amid the two forms of CBD products with regard to the potential effects, phytocannabinoid profiles, and legality. Some things help differentiate hemp-derived cannabidiol from marijuana-derived CBD. A detailed look at the distinctions is given below.

Phytocannabinoid Content

Most CBD oil products out there are categorized as ‘full-spectrum’. A full-spectrum CBD product contains cannabidiol, terpenes and various other phytocannabinoids extracted from cannabis sativa plant. The percentage of cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol is different in an industrial hemp-based CBD product and one made from marijuana. The former generally has high amounts of cannabidiol, but the tetrahydrocannabinol content in it is 0.3% or below. This is the legal CBD with THC.

A marijuana-based CBD product is derived from selectively grown CBD strains containing high amounts of cannabidiol. The quantities of tetrahydrocannabinol can be from 5% to 30% in it as compared to 0.3% or below THC in the other type of CBD product. The amount of CBD and THC is equal in some flowers high in cannabidiol.


The US has legalized every hemp-derived item. That aforementioned is applicable federally and at a state level. Under the Agricultural Amendment Act, businesses are allowed to grow, make, hold and trade hemp-based cannabidiol products. As per the Farm Bill’s definition, cannabis sativa is hemp only when it contains 0.3% or less THC; or else, it is marijuana. So for a product to be considered legal CBD with THC, the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol must not exceed that limit. It is also legal to transport these products from one state to another.

American states are entitled to pass their marijuana rules. There is some form of medical cannabis programs in 47 states, but some states and the capital city have made marijuana legal for both recreational and medical purposes. However, marijuana is still an illegal substance federally, and the cultivation, holding, trade and shipping of it are all deemed a federal crime. So moving a marijuana-based cannabidiol product between two American states in which the plant is not legal is deemed a drug trafficking offense. If you are found doing that, you could be taken to court for the offense.

Fortunately, federal bodies have given guidelines to avoid implementing the laws against both non-medical and medical marijuana consumers who possess small quantities of marijuana oil for their use.

Criteria Hemp CBD Product Marijuana CBD Product
THC Percentage Up to 0.3% From 5 to 30%
Psycho activity No Yes
Legality Yes (in most states) No (in most states)
Interstate Transportation Legal Illegal


You can discover full-spectrum CBD products classified as dietary supplements in many places including dispensaries, specialty shops, and pharmacies. CBD oil is mainly used to reestablish your body’s chemical balance by acting as a stimulant for the endocannabinoid system, plus improve the standard of health. Companies cannot claim that cannabidiol brings medicinal benefits.

You will be able to find marijuana-based CBD products in recreational dispensaries or medical dispensaries alone according to where you reside.

Effect Profiles

Hemp-derived cannabidiol will not have any mind-altering effect on you because it contains just a trace amount of tetrahydrocannabinol. This is to say, you will not be stoned out of your mind by consuming it. Rather, you will be free of mental and physical distress, more alert, and see positive effects on your wellbeing because of the way cannabidiol interacts with the ECS.

A CBD product containing over 0.3% THC can make you intoxicated, but the cannabidiol in it acts against THC to reduce the latter’s psychoactive effects. Besides, the marijuana-derived item has analgesic properties, antidepressant-like effects, and it can promote relaxation and tackle various, generally ‘treatment-resistant’, health conditions.

Choosing Between CBD Products Made From Marijuana And Hemp

Your purpose will be a major determining factor. Cannabidiol remains the same no matter from which plant it is sourced. It is just the quantity of it and other cannabinoids that differ by the type of product you choose.

As per research on cannabinoids, all cannabis components act together for unique effects in every single cannabis strain. The effects are much stronger compared to the ones that every single cannabinoid alone produces. The proportion of tetrahydrocannabinol, terpenes and minor cannabinoids dictate how the human body responds to cannabis. Researchers say that equal parts cannabidiol and THC prove the most efficacious, but 20:1 cannabidiol to tetrahydrocannabinol ratio could also have considerably more potent therapeutic effects.

Depending on your intended purpose, you might decide to choose one over the other. If the purpose is more medicinal, you might wish to get legal cannabidiol to treat your health condition. However, if you wish to consume it recreationally, you might select the other product depending on whether it is legal to do so in your place. In some states, people are allowed to consume marijuana for recreational purposes, and the same goes for marijuana-based CBD.