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is cbd from hemp effective

To break it down: hemp seed oil and hemp-derived CBD oil both come from the same plant and they both have potential health benefits. However, hemp seed oil comes from the hemp seed only and does not have any cannabinoids. Hemp-derived CBD oil is extracted from leaves and buds with the clear purpose of delivering CBD.

“Full-spectrum [CBD oil] is the extraction of all of the components — cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc. — of the hemp plant including low levels of THC,” explained Dr. Chanda Macias, CEO of Women Grow, an organization connecting female professionals in the cannabis industry; and CEO of National Holistic, a healing center based in Washington, D.C.

“At this point, what we know about cannabinoid therapy is that it is highly individualistic and depends to a significant extent on the symptoms being treated,” Riggle said. “The clinical data is not there yet to provide a one-size-fits-all answer to this question.”

Hemp seed oil vs. CBD oil

“The CBD molecule and its associated pharmacology are the same, whether it was extracted from hemp or from marijuana. CBD is CBD, regardless of where it was originally derived from,” explained Jeremy Riggle, Ph.D, chief scientist at Mary’s Medicinals, a medical cannabis company known for its Transdermal Cannabis Patch.

“The entourage effect is essentially the synergy, in terms of outcome, that has been observed when cannabinoids are combined with other minor cannabinoids and terpenes,” Riggle said. “The combined effect is more pronounced in combination than in isolation, helping to prolong or enhance the overall effects.”

The terminology used to describe different products is the source of a lot of the potential confusion in the world of CBD oil. For example, while you might see labels that use the word hemp to indicate that the CBD came from a legal hemp plant rather than a marijuana plant, there is also a totally separate product called hemp seed oil.

Marijuana-derived CBD is extracted from cannabis plants that have thick, lush foliage and flowers that are generally grown and consumed for their intoxicating properties. US law defines marijuana as cannabis plants that contain more than 0.3% THC. While THC is the predominant cannabinoid in most weed plants, several strains of marijuana are rich in CBD.

Arguments for hemp claim that on a molecular level, CBD is identical regardless of the source. Furthermore, prominent hemp-derived CBD producers, such as Medical Marijuana Inc., dispute the claims described above, asserting that their hemp is grown without harmful pesticides and produces cannabinoids that are just as effective at treating medical conditions.

Secondly, those looking to avoid the “high” involved with THC can always count on hemp-derived products to be THC-free. In our survey, CBD-only products’ lack of psychoactive effects (due to the absence of THC) were consistently ranked among their best features. While marijuana-derived CBD products do in many cases contain THC, the hemp plant only ever contains a trace amount (<0.3%) of this cannabinoid.

The answer, unfortunately, is that there has been no true and universal consensus among professionals in the cannabis space – including among CBD advocates – as to how the different CBD derivatives compare and whether and if CBD hemp oil is, in fact, as effective as marijuana-derived CBD. Understandably, the matter isn’t clear among cannabis consumers either, most likely leading to the mixed signals seen in the study.

Is Hemp CBD as Effective As Marijuana?

CBD is a cannabinoid with medicinal qualities that can be extracted from two different varieties of the cannabis plant: hemp and marijuana, as discussed in our article clearing up confusion surrounding CBD. There are two reasons why one might expect that – of the two options – hemp-derived CBD would be more prevalent among cannabis users.

Despite these points in hemp’s favor, only about 20% of the cannabis users we surveyed use hemp-derived CBD, while slightly more than half use whole-plant CBD products (those with varying ratios of THC). Additionally, 59% of survey respondents said it was highly likely that they would buy or continue to buy marijuana-derived CBD, while only 30% said the same for hemp-derived CBD. The most common reason given for being unlikely to buy hemp-derived CBD is that it is “less effective than whole plant or marijuana-derived CBD.”

Today there is much contention surrounding the issue of CBD hemp oil’s effectiveness. Arguments against hemp-derived CBD contend that extraction methods and additional ingredients can be cause for concern. Hemp stalks have a much lower concentration of cannabinoids, meaning a larger amount of the plant has to be processed to extract CBD, raising the risk of contaminants being accumulated from the soil. Additionally, advocates of marijuana-derived CBD argue that CBD is most effective in conjunction with other cannabinoids (most typically THC) present in whole-plant varieties—a phenomenon known as the ‘entourage effect’.

Brightfield Group conducted a survey (2017) in conjunction with HelloMD in order to gain more insights about the preferences of CBD consumers. In addition to researching CBD consumers’ behaviors, likes and dislikes, the study compared CBD’s effectiveness to that of common over-the-counter and pharmaceutical products, as well as uncovering important insights on the effectiveness of CBD derived from hemp versus that derived from marijuana.