The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) they contain. Both are classified as “Cannabis sativa,” but hemp and marijuana are distinct strains with a very different genetic profile. Hemp has much lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD). Industrial hemp is always a strain of cannabis sativa, whereas marijuana can be either Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference between the two is how industrial hemp has been bred to have a low THC profile compared to the marijuana form of Cannabis sativa.
Marijuana strains of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, with flowering buds and have a high psychoactive Δ9 THC profile. 99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of Δ9 THC and a very low amount of CBD.
Hemp on the other hand has a very high amount of CBD, and in most instances only carries a trace amount of Δ9 THC (usually less than 0.3%). The cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people who are seeking the health benefits from cannabis without the psychoactive profile (or the ‘high’ as some would call it).
Hemp is legal to sell in all 50 states via the 2014 Farm Bill as it contains less than .3% THC, and U.S. Federal law permits us to ship straight to your door. And because our CBD oil is derived from organic hemp plants and is completely devoid of all psychoactive effects, no medical marijuana card is needed to use our products.