Chances are, if you tuned in this year, you’ve heard about CBD oil. It’s popping up in local health food stores, on beauty shelves, and may be what your masseuse is rubbing onto your back during a therapeutic massage. These products are widely used, but consumers are asking questions.

In 2018, a farm bill passed making industrial hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) legal nationwide. Because of this, there’s been a rush of cannabis-inspired products flooding the market. So, what’s the difference between CBD oil from hemp and marijuana?

Let’s explore the basic differences between marijuana and CBD hemp oil.

CBD Hemp Oil:
  • High levels of cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Federally legal
  • Non-intoxicating
  • Can be purchased online or in stores
  • High levels of THC
  • Legal only in certain states
  • Intoxicating
  • Available from dispensaries only

Hemp is a cannabis plant that is harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks. Its seeds and stalks are used to produce products including food, nutritional supplements, medicine, body care products, paper, textiles and more. Depending on which parts of the plant hemp oil is made from the amount of CBD will vary, producing everything from nutritious hemp foods to rich CBD oil.

  One of the misconceptions about CBD hemp oil products is that CBD from hemp oil is less potent than CBD oil made from medical marijuana. While it is true that the percentage of CBD in hemp plants is lower than the percentage of CBD in some specially bred marijuana plants, once the oil is extracted from the plant, this difference becomes slim. Because CBD hemp oil products are legal in all 50 states, they fill an important role for those who can’t access medical marijuana in their state.


Marijuana is a cannabis plant that is most frequently harvested for its euphoric, psychoactive properties. The fibers and stalks of marijuana are not used commercially. Instead, the marijuana plant is cultivated specifically for its flowers, which contain the highest levels of THC in the plant. THC is one of over 100 active compounds (called cannabinoids) found in cannabis. Cannabinoids interact with receptors in the body to alter the normal neurotransmission and cause effects on the body.

Today, 33 states plus Washington, D.C., allow marijuana for a variety of medical purposes, which it has proven beneficial, including pain relief, help with anxiety and more.

If you would to learn more about whether medical marijuana or CBD oil is right for you, learn more here or schedule a consultation with Dr. Mitchell by calling (850) 791-6010.


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