What’s the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

At Center of Healing, we know our whole-hemp extract products offer a multitude of health benefits without negative side effects.* However, plenty of new hemp extract users come to us with questions and concerns before trying Charlotte’s Web products for the first time.

Customers often ask if they will feel “high” after using our CBD oils. Many other patients and doctors express concern about the legality of hemp extract CBD products too. While marijuana and hemp are sister plants, there are huge differences in legality and effects between the two. Read on to learn how hemp and marijuana differ so you can make the best decision for your life and body.

What Do Marijuana and Hemp Have in Common?

Both hemp and marijuana plants are members of the cannabis genus. Both are packed with dozens of plants compounds called phytocannabinoids, and both offer therapeutic value for many patients struggling with pain, inflammation, and everyday stresses. Both plants also have played an important role in mankind’s health journey for thousands of years.

What’s the Difference Between Marijuana and Hemp?

Hemp and Marijuana Grow Differently

Hemp and marijuana stem from a similar plant, but grow and affect the body completely differently. While hemp and marijuana plants look similar to the untrained eye, they thrive in unique growing conditions. For instance, farmers cultivate marijuana with lots of space between plants. Hemp, on the other hand, is best grown in dense clusters.

Hemp and Hemp Extract is Legal While Marijuana is Not

Did you know that presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp? In fact, Americans were legally required to grow hemp during the Colonial Era. It wasn’t until 1937 that Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which made it much harder for farmers to grow hemp in the United States. During World War II, farmers were again encouraged to grow hemp for the war effort. But at the end of the war, hemp farming operations were again shut down.

Hemp and hemp extract is legal on the federal level in America. Hemp can be grown and brought across state lines—which is why we’re able to legally source and sell CBD hemp extracts that are grown by Charlotte’s Web in Colorado. Thanks to recent jurisdiction, physicians can now purchase wholesale hemp products from the comfort of their own home or office, right here at Center of Healing!

While marijuana and hemp are similar plants, marijuana is still illegal on the federal level and in the majority of U.S. states. Marijuana is widely considered a controlled or illegal substance because of its high THC content, which brings us to our next point…

Hemp Contains Almost No THC

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound responsible for the high, euphoric feeling you get from smoking or ingesting marijuana. Marijuana contains high levels of THC. Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC and it will not make you feel “high.” However, hemp extracts can make you feel amazing when you find the correct therapeutic hemp extract dosage!* That’s because hemp contains diverse phytocannabinoid compounds that promote natural relaxation from everyday anxieties, help us recover from sore muscles and exercise, and promote overall wellness.*

Is all Hemp the Same?

No. Industrial hemp is grown mainly for fiber strength to make textiles, hemp plastics, hempcrete concrete alternative, and many other innovative, sustainable materials. Many health food stores also sell a wide variety of hemp-derived products like hemp seed oil or hemp proteins. These products are all made from hemp and grow in a way that’s safe and beneficial for our environment. However, the quality and characteristics of the hemp plant used for physical products and some supplements vary greatly from the hemp strains Charlotte’s Web uses to craft potent, therapeutic hemp extracts.

The hemp cultivated to make Charlotte’s Web Hemp Extract is selectively bred with potency in mind. The Stanley Brothers started Charlotte’s Web because they wanted to set the standard for quality and consistency. They use only the highest-quality parts of the hemp plant—the flowers and stems—to harvest a full spectrum of phytocannabinoids for the greatest health benefits.*

The cultivation process is also very unique. The soil Charlotte’s Web plants grow in is tested for heavy metals and other contaminants to ensure a clean growing environment. From its seeds and farming methods to its FDA-registered facility and state-of-the-art extraction method, Charlotte’s Web’s hemp products are the best in the industry.

What is Whole-Plant Hemp Extract and Why is it Good For My Health?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is only one of the 80+ cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. Many CBD oil products offer only CBD, often extracted from seeds only which offer partial health benefits. With whole-hemp extract, you enjoy the entourage effect. This means cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in hemp work synergistically to give you the most possible benefits.

Charlotte’s Web hemp extract gives you this effect. Its products are made from the entire hemp plant and provide a full spectrum of therapeutic phytocannabinoids. While you may enjoy many benefits when you incorporate a quality whole-hemp extract into your daily routine, Charlotte’s Web users frequently experience a sense of focus and calm, relief from everyday stresses, reduced inflammation after exercise, support for overall well-being, and healthy sleep cycles.*

How Can My Patients Incorporate Hemp Extract into Their Healthy Diet?

Center of Healing sells a variety of convenient and effective hemp extract products. In our Center of Healing Online Shop, you will find products from Charlotte’s Web, Stanley Brothers, CBD CLINIC, Gentlemen’s Vapes, and RE-ASSURE. We not only sell traditional hemp extracts that can be taken orally with a dropper, but also convenient capsules, vaporizers, and even gummies! You’ll find plenty of delicious flavors that your patients will love, too. We also sell topicals that deliver the healing benefits of hemp from the outside in.

Physicians and other holistic health care providers often ask us how their patients can enjoy hemp extract as an addition to meals. Many patients like to add their hemp extract to a protein smoothie or even their morning coffee or yogurt. If a patient does not like the flavor of hemp extract, they can also opt for flavored extracts or capsules, which are easy to take and great for travel. Gummies are quite popular as well and come in delicious flavors that could pass for candy.

Hemp and marijuana are similar in many ways, but they are also very different plants with different legality and body and mind effects. In summary, hemp is legal, offers many health benefits, and does not make patients feel “high” like THC-packed marijuana does. Hemp can be given to young or aging patients and even pets. Plus, it’s easy to dose correctly through liquid, capsule, vaporizer, or gummy formulas. If you’d like to offer hemp extract products at your practice or health clinic, contact Center of Healing today!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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