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What Is The Difference Between Hemp vs Marijuana?


The recent surge in cannabidiol (CBD) and medical/recreational marijuana has all sorts of people using the cannabis plant for its many benefits.  Many people still ask, “what is the difference between hemp and marijuana?”, because it is still a very new topic to many. Cannabis is broken down into 2 categories: hemp and marijuana.  Marijuana is what most people are familiar with already and it being medically and recreationally legal in some states.  Most CBD products are made using just hemp that has very low amounts of THC.  Hemp is also 100% legal to grow and sell now under the 2018 Farm Bill Act.

CBD specifically can have anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects as well as being a possible stress reliever. CBD has also been found to possibly have many other benefits like reducing pain, helping with sleep, and improving overall mood.  All these potential benefits that CBD has to offer are what makes it so desirable to many people dealing with any issues CBD can help with.

Like many other cannabinoids, CBD (Cannabidiol) interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to balance the body’s physiological processes to achieve homeostasis.  These physiological processes include things like mood, appetite, memory, focus, managing pain, managing anxiety, and much more.

There are so many different CBD brands to shop for these days and not all the brands are 100% compliant to industry standards.  This makes it very important that you know what is the difference between hemp and marijuana so you are buying quality CBD products.

Hemp vs Marijuana

Cannabis is a family of plants with two classifications: cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. Marijuana can fall into either category. Hemp, the second type of cannabis plant, is categorized as a sativa. The CBD extracted from either plant is exactly the same on the molecular level. It does not matter the source, CBD is CBD, always. The rest of the plants’ chemical makeup differ in the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC has psychoactive effects and produces the “high” feeling.


Why Thrive Flower Uses Hemp CBD

The hemp plant is federally legal since its reclassification from a schedule one drug to an agricultural commodity as per the Farm Bill signed by President Trump. The plant needs to contain less than 0.3% THC to follow standards of legality. Marijuana is still federally illegal, but a number of states have legalized it for medical and recreational use. In these states, the CBD extracted from the marijuana plant is also legal.

With Thrive Flower high quality CBD products being made hemp, it is ensured that our products are safe to use and 100% compliant to industry standards.  


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Quality Checking Hemp CBD Products

When shopping for CBD products, it is important to make sure to brand you are looking at does advertise that their CBD is hemp derived. Next is to look for lab test reports or “COA’s”. These lab test reports should be done by 3rd party cannabis testing labs and they will show the exact amount of cannabinoids tested inside the product you are looking at.

Quality CBD brands will have QR codes on their product’s packaging that can easily be scanned by a smartphone camera. Scanning the QR code should lead you to the brand’s lab test reports page. When reading a lab test report, it is important to make sure there is the correct amount of CBD as advertised and that there is less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. This means it is a 100% legal CBD product to take and that you will not fail a drug test also.

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