Are Hemp and CBD the same?

Are Hemp and CBD the same?

by ELITE Garden on Feb 08, 2022

     Cannabidiol-containing products, such as CBD, are becoming increasingly popular due to side effects reported by manufacturers. However, there is some confusion as to whether CBD is different from cannabis or hemp. Below we discuss common misconceptions about CBD and the differences that exist between cannabis and hemp.

     Discover the variations between the two terms hemp- and cannabis-derived CBD.


  • “Hemp” refers to specific strains or varieties of the cannabis plant that consistently have no more than 0.3% THC in the flowering heads, branches or leaves.
  • CBD is a compound and remains the same regardless of whether it is derived from hemp or cannabis.
  • Unlike THC, CBD generally has no intoxicating effect.
  • CBD interacts with the human Endocannabinoid System by encouraging the release of our own endocannabinoids.


     Products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, are becoming increasingly popular due to producers’ reported effects. However, there is some confusion over whether CBD differs when it is derived from hemp or cannabis.


What Is the Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis?

     Hemp and cannabis are both terms for different strains of the same plant — the difference is the amount of THC each contains.

     “Hemp” and “hemp” are terms for the same plant species, cannabis sativa. While both have a similar appearance, the term “hemp” is used to classify cannabis plants with no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

     The USDA published a final rule on January 19, 2021, that provides  regulations for the production of hemp in the United States and is effective on March 22, 2021. The final rule builds on the interim final rule published October 31, 2019, that established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. The final rule incorporates modifications based on public comments and lessons learned during the 2020 growing season.

     Hemp and cannabis also differ in how they are used. Cannabis is commonly cultivated for recreational and medical consumption, specifically because of its THC content, while hemp is used to make a variety of products, including fabric, paper, building materials, foods (including cooking oil and hemp seeds) and CBD-infused items, such as oils.


Do Hemp and Cannabis Produce Different Types of CBD?

     In short, no. The molecule remains the same, regardless of which type of plant it comes from, similar to other compounds, like terpenes.

     Interestingly, recent research, such as a 2019 study done at the University College London, has shown that combining CBD with THC reduces some of the psychoactive effects of THC. To lower your risk of experiencing unwanted effects (such as paranoia or anxiety), choose a cannabis product with balanced levels of the two.

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