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Hemp CBD vs Cannabis CBD: What’s The Difference?

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Hemp CBD vs. Cannabis CBD, what’s the difference?

There are so many products nowadays that contain CBD. Drinks, lotions, gummies, vapes, and pretty much anything you can think to put in your body. On top of that, you can purchase CBD online, at grocery stores, convenience stores, and even bars are serving infused cocktails. This all sounds amazing, but is it too good to be true? Hopefully we can provide some insight on hemp CBD vs Cannabis CBD and the advantages of buying locally in Washington.

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Understanding The Intentions Behind Growing Hemp or Cannabis Plants

Technically, hemp is a cannabis plant. However, cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC, classifies as legal industrial hemp. For centuries hemp has been grown for its strong fiber and seed oil. This is great for making clothes, lotions, food, and even Henry Ford’s first plastic resin car in 1941 which was known for being ‘stronger than steel’. However, it’s not so great for making CBD oil. Hemp plants produce small amounts of resin, which is what contains cannabidiol (CBD). This means that a lot more plant matter is needed to produce the oil. The more plant matter needed, the bigger risk of pesticide and mold contamination within the final product.

Not to mention, regulations on hemp derived CBD products are pretty much non-existent. Hemp is a phytoremedial plant and naturally pulls toxins like metals from the soil. This is good for the soil, but bad for human consumption. The final products are not tested for heavy metals and other contamination. They are often sourced overseas and use harsh solvents to extract the CBD oil. If that isn’t enough, products commonly list high dosages of CBD, but in reality test for trace amounts. It may seem convenient to order CBD online, but the effects and quality are compromised. Hemp is grown for fibers, cannabis is grown for consumption.

Each Plant has it’s use

This isn’t anything new either, hemp and cannabis industries have operated for different purposes for a long time. Lets not forget cannabis was only made completely illegal in 1970, with the passage of the controlled substance act. Prior to this, medical marijuana was legal. Even after the prohibition act in the 1920s, cannabis products were still being made. The photograph of the tincture above was produced by the American Druggist Syndicate in 1906, also known for making aspirin. Under the bottle header CANNABIS INDICA, it reads ‘The Flowering Tops of Cannabis Sativa’. Interesting to see the label not only it lists what part of the plant being used, but also the specific type of cannabis. Seems that consumers were already aware of the differences between hemp and cannabis derived medicines.

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The highest quality CBD comes from organically grown, high resinous, cannabis plants. This isn’t available anywhere to legally purchase online. However, there are so many benefits to CBD from cannabis it’s worth buying locally if you can. Nearly every product we sell is cannabis derived CBD grown in Washington. The few that aren’t, responsibly source plants from other states like Wildflower, most known for their CBD topicals and capsules. Cannabis is grown for human consumption; the plants produce flowering buds that contain high levels of resin. This resin not only contains CBD and THC, but also a complex range of helpful cannabinoids and terpenes not present in hemp. These additional chemicals in the cannabis resin are crucial to optimize the effects of CBD. Varying ratios of CBD to THC are grown for different treatments.

Those experiencing physical pain typically go for an equal 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. This has been a commonly used ratio in the medical marijuana markets for over a decade. Many sleep products are designed with equal amounts of THC if not more than CBD. Been curious about the benefits of CBD, but nervous about THC? Start with a less concentrated ratio. A 10:1 ratio will have minimal psychoactive effect with a micro dose of THC included to utilize the CBD effects. We carry products that range from 1:1 to 30:1 CBD to THC ratio, all designed for different functions. Finding the right ratio is unique to each individual and can change depending on the intended use.

Quality CBD starts with THC

Although CBD has been increasing in popularity, the positive impacts of THC are the driving force for the medical and legalization movements today. In order to get the quality cannabis CBD we now have, many growers have risked their livelihoods. From smuggling seeds overseas, to growing hundreds of strains in basements, the path to finding high CBD strains hasn’t been easy. Countless cannabis varieties are grown for months and then lab tested for their chemical content. The rare plants that contain high CBD amounts are then selected for future breeding. This requires a lot of time, energy, and knowledge to achieve. A passion for quality cannabis and the benefits it has on peoples lives make it all worth it.

Making the best choice for CBD

One of the best, yet challenging things about cannabis is the individualized journey to find whats right for you. Our personal experience probably differs than your own; finding the right products can take some time. However, once you find your ideal effects, it can really make a positive impact. CBD takes a month or so to build up in your body to start having an effect. Trying products with both THC and CBD commonly work well because THC effects can be felt right away. With that said, we hear all types of requests and get feedback frequently from happy customers to get you on the right track. Hopefully this article gives you confidence in the hemp CBD vs cannabis CBD debate, and how to get the best quality products.

Carson Shipley

Carson Shipley