Hemp vs Marijuana

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, cannabis sativa.  Therefore, when someone says “cannabis,” it can refer to either hemp or marijuana.

Cannabis sativa produces chemicals unique to the plant called cannabinoids.  Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are two types of cannabinoids produced by hemp and marijuana plants.

THC is considered a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  THC is an intoxicating substance with psychological effects such as “getting high.” Marijuana can contain up to 30% THC.  Some states have legalized marijuana for personal, recreational use or for medical use.

Hemp is different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application.  Hemp has a wide range of uses including food, clothing, paper, rope and other industrial uses.

On December 20, 2018, Donald Trump signed The Federal Farm Bill into law.  For the first time, the law defined hemp as an agricultural product.  It legalized industrial hemp with non-detectable THC (less than 0.3%) and removed CBD from the Controlled Substances Act.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for CBD regulation.

It is important to note that CBD is non-psychoactive.  In other words, you cannot get “stoned” taking CBD.

Hemp plants produce more CBD than THC, while marijuana plants produce more THC than CBD.  Research has shown that CBD acts to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC, separating hemp further from marijuana.

CBD sourced from industrial hemp is legal across the United States when sold as a dietary supplement.

CBD products sold at VC Naturalz comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s DSHEA guidelines for dietary supplements, therefore, we cannot endorse any specific medical benefit of CBD.

VC Naturalz encourages you to research the thousands of reputable studies online regarding the benefits of CBD.

Please consult with your doctor before adding CBD or other dietary supplements to your diet.

Interactive US Map

Below is an interactive map of the US, select your state the the legal status of CBD will be displayed on the left hand side.

Green = Cannabis is legal for medical and adult use
Blue = Medical cannabis laws
Yellow = Medical cannabis laws that only permit low-THC, high CBD products
Gray = No protections for CBD consumers