With the rise of the cannabis industry, two terms are dominating the discourse: hemp and CBD . In fact, CBD is not a plant. It is a molecule present in cannabis, just like THC. However, unlike THC, CBD does not cause psychotropic effects, but is rather valued for its calming and relaxing properties.
Although often used interchangeably, hemp and CBD therefore refer to two distinct concepts . In this article, Maison Sativa guides you through the fundamental differences between these two terms.
Hemp: a plant with multiple uses
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa L plant. It has been cultivated for millennia for a multitude of applications: textiles, food, cosmetics, and many others. Here are some key points to remember about hemp:
Low in THC: Unlike marijuana, another variety of Cannabis sativa L. , hemp contains very little THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound that gives the "high" effect. To be considered legal in France, hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC .
Industrial wealth: Hemp fibers are used to make clothing, ropes, and even paper. Hemp seeds, for their part, are consumed for their nutritional properties.
CBD: a cannabinoid with desired effects
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, present in hemp. Unlike THC, CBD is a cannabinoid known for its many benefits, and it does not have any psychotropic effects . Its qualities have aroused great interest for several reasons:
Cannabis Extraction: CBD can be extracted from different varieties of cannabis, including hemp.
While hemp is a plant used for industrial and food purposes, CBD is a chemical compound extracted from cannabis, including hemp, that is researched for its potential health effects. At Maison Sativa , we are committed to providing quality products, such as our CBD oils and infusions, which are extracted from organic hemp without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.