CBD has become one of the hottest skincare ingredients of recent times.
However, there is a lot of misinformation about CBD and as a result many people don’t really understand it or they need correct information to resolve their misunderstandings surrounding this natural plant extract and how it might be beneficial to their skin?
Difference Between CBD & Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana
To really understand something, you must start at the beginning, so let’s clarify the difference between Cannabis, CBD, Hemp, and Marijuana.
CBD comes from the herbal Cannabis plant.
Cannabis can produce several derivatives including CBD, Hemp and Marijuana.
The Cannabis plant has two main distinctions and classifications ~
- Cannabis Indica
- Cannabis Sativa
Hemp is a cannabis plant that is commercially harvested for its flowers, seeds and stalks and certain parts of the plant have different uses.
Hemp belongs to the Cannabis sativa species only.
Marijuana can be a member of both the Indica or Sativa species. Because both Marijuana and Hemp come from the Cannabis Sativa they share some traits. However, it is important to clarify that Marijuana and Hemp are not the same thing.
More on Hemp!
- Its flowers are harvested for Cannabinoid which is used in CBD.
- The stalks are fibrous and are used in clothing.
- The seeds are used in food and cosmetics.
- The cannabinoid content of hemp is different to marijuana.
Hemp comes with high concentrations of non-psychoactive (not mind-altering) cannabidiol (CBD) and it can carry no Tetrahydro cannabidiol (THC for short).
THC is the mind-altering psychoactive substance that gives marijuana its effects and makes it a controlled drug.
Unlike marijuana, Hemp is not a controlled substance or classed as a drug. Hemp can be commercially grown and manufactured into CBD products for public sale.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a cannabis plant produced and harvested for its psychoactive properties as a drug. Whilst the hemp seeds and stalks are used commercially the marijuana seeds and stalks are not. Marijuana can have up to 30% of THC and as such is classified as a drug and therefore a controlled substance in the UK, Europe and the US.
Despite the marijuana seeds and stalks not being used commercially, the flowers it produces are used for cannabidiol (CBD).
HEMP CBD OIL vs MARIJUANA CBD OIL – DIFFERENCES
Now it is clear that Cannabidiol or CBD can be sourced from Hemp or Marijuana but the main difference between the two is that CBD from hemp can contain very little THC (0.3% or 0% of THC) whilst CBD from Marijuana can contain anything from 5% to 30% of THC.
Based on the above distinctions, it is therefore important to clarify that CBD is perfectly legal in the UK, US, Europe and ASIA as long as it is hemp derived and it contains low or 0% THC.
CBD Isolate VS Full Spectrum CBD
A product with CBD Isolate simply means that it contains just the CBD from the Hemp or Cannabis plant and everything else from the plant was disregarded. CBD Isolate is also the purest form of Cannabidiol, and simply put it means the CBD was isolated from the rest of the plant so there is really just pure CBD.
Full Spectrum CBD means that the product contains nearly all the derivatives found in the Cannabis plant including low to high quantities of THC.
As a skincare brand we advocate the use of CBD with 0% THC as to include even a small amount of THC goes against what we stand for and does nothing to enhance the skin.
We have included CBD in our range because it's benefits in treating skin conditions and enhancing the skin are second to none. It is also suitable for all skin types whilst, when combined with other ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid can be truly amazing.