Many people confuse hemp and marijuana. Because of the stigma attached to marijuana as an illegal drug, people are still afraid to consider using CBD hemp oil, despite the many benefits associated with its use. So, I’ll attempt to clarify the basic differences here.
Both hemp and marijuana are relatives of the same plant species – Cannabis sativa. The difference in classification for legal purposes is based on their specific cannabinoid content, or the medicinal components of the plants. Because they are closely related, both plants can contain varying amounts of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetra-hydro-cannabinol), depending upon their specific strains. Both CBD and THC have been found to offer numerous significant health benefits, but only THC is considered to be psychoactive. Hemp is generally regarded to contain mostly CBD and less than .3%, as opposed to marijuana, which has over .3% THC and up to 35% THC content. Because hemp contains only negligible amounts of THC, if any, it is not treated as a dangerous drug.
In 2014, former President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014into law, containing Section 7606 of the act, Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research, which defined industrial hemp as distinct from marijuana based on the defined standards above. Since that federal legislation was passed, CBD hemp oil has been legal as a nutritional health supplement in all 50 states.