CBD, marijuana and hemp: What is the difference among these cannabis products, and which are legal?

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Hemp, marijuana and cannabanoidals Both hemp and marijuana belong to the same species, Cannabis sativa, and the two plants look somewhat similar. Note that CBD oil is different from hemp oil – which comes from pressing cannabis seeds, and may not contain CBD – and hempseed oil, which is a source of essential fatty acids and contains no CBD. It’s a nutritional supplement, more like fish oil than CBD oil. Legal status Another big difference among hemp, marijuana and CBD is how the law treats them. The defining difference between hemp and marijuana is their psychoactive component: tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Hemp has 0.3% or less THC, meaning hemp-derived products don’t contain enough THC to create the “high” traditionally associated with marijuana. While the terms “CBD tincture” and “CBD oil” are often used interchangeably, the two are actually different.

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New York recently became the 15th U.S. state to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

While 67% of U.S. adults support marijuana legalization, public knowledge about cannabis is low. A third of Americans think hemp and marijuana are the same thing, according to the...

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