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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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How does CBD improve your health?

How does CBD improve your health?

Early research shows that CBD helps relieve conditions associated with chronic pain and anxiety, epilepsy and muscle spasms. It is however important to know you are buying a quality and legitimate CBD product from a trusted retailer. CBD products need to be 100% hemp and retailers or manufacturers should make lab results of their products available to consumers to ensure greater transparency.

  • Can CBD help my anxiety? Approximately 33.1 percent of adults in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder with some having more than one. People who live with anxiety disorders will experience panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and specific phobias.

CBD oil is an alternative and all natural way to combat anxiety because it has the ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.

  • Can CBD relieve pain? Studiesshow that CBD can help relieve chronic pain by reducing inflammation. The body produces a chemical called endocannabinoid system (ECS) which regulates a number of functions within the body, including pain. When CBD is ingested or applied to the body, it interacts with these endocannabinoids by impacting their receptor activity.

Ongoing preclinical studies in animals show that CBD reduces pain and inflammation, and studies of CBD in humans show that it is well-tolerated and has few negative side effects.

  • Can CBD help with cancer? The emotional andphysical suffering experienced when fighting against cancer is overwhelming, coupled with the aggressive treatment required and, can have devastating side effects, including severe nausea, vomiting and pain.

Cancer patients are turning to CBD due to its non-psychoactive chemical compound which provides wide benefits to cancer patients. Studies indicate that CBD can relieve pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and sleep problems. These symptoms can be alleviated using CBD oils and improve overall quality of life.

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What is CBD?

CBD is the shortened name of Cannabidiol, found in the plant species Cannabis Sativa. It is one of the many, and most researched, cannabinoids found in industrial hemp which is used worldwide to produce a variety of industrial and consumer products.

Where does CBD come from?

Hemp is a cousin of marijuana within the cannabis plant family, but does not contain as much THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) levels as marijuana. THC is essentially the chemical compound which gets you high. CBD is a completely natural compound and ongoing studies indicate the benefits of this herbal remedy as having a positive impact on quality of life.  

What products can be made from CBD?

CBD is used to manufacture a variety of products, from oils, to lotions, chewables and even supplements for your pets. CBD has a number of benefits such as pain relief, can reduce symptoms of anxiety, acne and help fight against heart disease. It can provide a safe and reliable treatment to a number of ailments without the negative mind altering effects or side-effects experienced from marijuana or pharmaceuticals. Hemp sourced CBD is legal in the state of California, to sell, own and manufacture. For more details about the benefits and background of CBD, please visit