The Difference Between Hemp Derived and Marijuana derived CBD

CBD Marijuana

Many people speculate on weather on not one is better than the other, but is Marijuana derived CBD any different than Hemp derived CBD?  According to Franjo Grotenhermen, former Chairman of the International Association For Cannabinoid Medicines (2000-2003), “CBD is CBD…the human body does not care where the molecule comes from” (Attwell).   Just like oxygen is oxygen, whether we are breathing it at the top of a mountain or sitting on our front porch, the molecule is the same – O2.  These misconceptions that hemp derived and marijuana derived CBD are fundamentally different stem from regulations that the government has regarding the legality of the CBD depending on where it was sourced. The reality however, being that active cannabinoid CBD, regardless its origin, is molecularly the same.

According to Alice O’Leary, the wife of the late Robert C. Randall, the first man to legally smoke marijuana in 1976 and spear head the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, notes there are two different varieties of the Cannabis plant in the eyes of the law and the scientific community. The first is the variety of Cannabis that contains more than 0.3% of psychoactive THC, and can potentially induce an altered state of mind. The other is hemp variety of Cannabis, which contains less than 0.3% THC and elicits no psychoactive effect, or in other words, no high is experienced with use.  Both Cannabis relatives contain cannabidiol (CBD), and according to O’Leary, “there is no difference between CBD derived from hemp and CBD derived from cannabis. The CBD molecule itself is the same, regardless of which plant it is extracted from” (O’Leary-Randall).

But just like air, oxygen is not the only molecule making up its composition.  Although CBD is CBD and oxygen is oxygen, be aware of the quality of the whole product since all products containing CBD are not created equal.  The purity of the CBD is dependent on how it is grown and how the CBD is processed into a oil and other products from its flower form. Make sure you are purchasing CBD that has been lab tested to ensure it quality, making sure it is pesticide free, and contains no harmful chemical additives from the extraction process.  At CBDawgs, we lab test all of our Organic CBD to make sure it is free of all pesticides and meets all purity standards.

Works Cited

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  • O’Leary-Randall, Alice. “The First Lady of Medical Cannabis. (Cover Story).” Art of Healing, vol. 3, no. 56, Sep-Nov2016, pp. 24-26. EBSCOhost,
  • Stamberger, Jeffery. “CBD from Hemp Oil vs. CBD from Medical Marijuana.” Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA), 11 Oct. 2017,