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What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Marijuana produces THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and is associated with the high feeling experienced when consuming marijuana. It is however, one of the many hundreds of chemical compounds found naturally in cannabis, as is CBD.

The key difference is that for marijuana, the THC percentage is greater than 0.3 percent versus hemp plants where the THC percentage is less than 0.3 percent. CBD can therefore be derived from both the hemp plant and the marijuana plant and have the same medical benefits.

However, CBD doesn’t cause the euphoric effects that occur with THC and some people may prefer to use CBD because of the lack of this side effect and legality of usage in their jurisdictions. The side effects of each are also important to note.

THC side effects may include:

  • increased heart rate
  • coordination problems
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • slower reaction times
  • memory loss
  • anxiety

CBD side effects may include:

  • appetite changes
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • dizziness
  • diarrhea

The question to ask then when considering use or purchase of a CBD oil is whether it was derived from the marijuana plant or the hemp plant.

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  1. An MD told me the CBD from hemp is ineffective and CBD from the Marijuana plant can reduce my pain. I would like to ingest a liquid for chronic pain.
    Please let me know what you know about hemp vs Marijuana.
    Is the dispensary on S Coast Hwy open to foot traffic?

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