Hemp, CBD, cannabis — it’s all the same, right? Not so fast.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate cannabidiol (CBD) products like they do medications and supplements, so some companies may try to get away with using the terms “hemp” and “CBD” interchangeably. But there are some key differences between the two.
Here’s how hemp gummies and CBD gummies differ, as well as how to figure out whether a product contains what it says it does.
Let’s start by exploring the difference between hemp and what’s commonly referred to as “marijuana” or “weed.”
Hemp plants and marijuana plants are the same species of cannabis plant. There’s no scientific difference between them.
But there is a legal distinction between the two: Marijuana plants are higher in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (containing more than 0.3 percent), while hemp plants are lower in THC (containing 0.3 percent or less). Both plants contain CBD and other cannabinoids.
In terms of quality, it doesn’t make a difference if a company sources their CBD from hemp plants or marijuana plants.
CBD oil and hemp oil are very different in terms of their composition.
Unlike CBD oil, which is made using all parts of the cannabis plant, hemp oil or hempseed oil comes from only the seeds of the plant. Hempseeds don’t contain CBD. That means that in order for CBD gummies to be legit, they need to contain CBD oil, not hempseed oil.
It seems like an easy distinction, but some companies falsely market hemp gummies as CBD gummies. Unless you’re taking a closer look at the ingredients, it can be easy to fall for the fraudulent claim. One red flag? Price. If the pricing seems too good to be true, it probably is.