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Are CBD and Hemp the Same? Here's What You Need to Know


In 2014, the U.S. passed the 2014 Farm Bill, lifting federal restrictions on the sale of hemp-based products. This inspired many states to enact policies legalizing the sale of hemp — and therefore CBD. Then, in December 2018, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, making it legal for hemp-based products containing a small amount of THC (including CBD) to be sold in all 50 states.

Since then, the market for CBD products has exploded across the nation. But since the product is still relatively new to most of us, you may be wondering: What is the difference between hemp and CBD? Read on for all the basics you need to know about hemp and CBD.

What Is Hemp?

Hemp is a plant of the cannabis species. Hemp contains at most 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is what makes certain cannabis plants psychoactive. Since hemp’s concentration of THC is so low, it is non-psychoactive and cannot get you high. In contrast, marijuana plants contain between 5 and 20 percent THC, meaning they are psychoactive and can get you high.