The Main Difference between Cannabis and CBD Flower

If you are an old player in the cannabis world, then you might be aware of the current scenario of this world. But if you are a newcomer, then you might be dazed by it's jumbled up maze. You might be wondering are hemp and marijuana different things, or different names of the same plants? How are they related to cannabis? And what is the role of CBD and THC in this game?

Unfortunately, most of the time, newbies don't get a straight answer to all these questions. The reason is that some people love believing myths related to cannabis while others don't take its name due to ban on its consumption. But with the growing popularity of CBD related products, more and more people are stepping forward to debunk their myths related to cannabis. Addressing these questions is also important because CBD industry is closely related to Cannabis industry that is having a controversial status and associated legal issues. And this situation confuses the CBD users!

If you are also one of the confused CBD users who isn't aware that he is standing at which end of the legality line, then here is your answer:

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is basically a genus of plants belonging to family Cannabaceae. But marijuana is also commonly called as cannabis, which is a psychoactive drug used for recreational as well as medical purposes. In fact, in America, marijuana is most of the time called as cannabis.

Cannabis or marijuana flower has high level of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the main compound behind most of the psychoactive effects of marijuana.

According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), THC behaves like the naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors in the body. Cannabinoid chemicals are situated in the brain that are responsible for pleasure, thinking, coordination, memory and time perception. Once THC enters the body, it attaches itself with cannabinoid receptors and affects their functioning. That's why marijuana is banned in most of the U.S. states.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is another chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, it is not at all psychoactive and its users associate various healing properties with it.

CBD is extracted through cannabis plant as well as hemp plant, and no matter where you extract it, CBD is CBD. But mostly CBD is extracted from hemp buds, which is another species of the cannabis plant other than marijuana, but it has THC level less than 0.3 percent. Due to the growing demand for CBD due to its potential natural therapeutic properties, industrial hemp farms are also increasing. As CBD doesn't have psychoactive properties, so it is also not illegal and you can find it at various places, including bars, spa and maybe doctor's clinic.

Difference between Cannabis and CBD Flower:

Belonging to the same family, it is difficult to differentiate marijuana and hemp from each other. But there are many differences in them, including the way they are cultivated. The majority of compounds found in cannabis plants are found in their flower. As hemp has more concentration of CBD than THC, so hemp flowers have more concentration of CBD. Whereas, marijuana flower has more concentration of THC. So, each of these plants are produced depending on the need to enhance the required characteristics of the breed and flowers.


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