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Where Does CBD Come From and Why Does It Matter?

When it comes down to it, we should all be informed when it comes to where the products that we use come from. Unfortunately, that isn’t always realistic. Most of us don’t know where our favorite french fries are sourced from or where our favorite shirt was made. But, CBD is one product that you should always know the source of, at least to some extent. In this post, we will explain why the source of your CBD matters.

Where Does CBD Come From?

CBD is known to come from cannabis. You might think: well, that solves it then. But, it doesn’t. In reality, not all cannabis is created equally. We aren’t saying that you should not trust certain credible cannabis sources. We think a lot of great people are growing cannabis, but CBD can come from two different kinds of cannabis: hemp or marijuana. Knowing the source of your CBD can be pretty important.

Distinguishing Between Hemp and Marijuana

Now, if you are the kind of person who likes to keep things simple, you might think it doesn’t matter. Cannabis is cannabis, right? Wrong. In reality, hemp and marijuana are raised and grown very differently in order to support very specific outcomes. In most cases, marijuana is bred specifically for a high amount of THC. On the contrary, hemp is grown specifically to have almost no THC and higher amounts of CBD.

Why Sourcing Matters

When you visit a local grocery store and see a CBD-based lotion, they aren’t selling marijuana in the store. That CBD came specifically from hemp—which is why it is legal to sell in that kind of capacity. It has a very low risk of having THC and, in most cases, won’t show up on a drug test unless you are using a lot. On the other hand, the kind of CBD that you find in dispensaries is most likely from marijuana. Though this is not always the case and you can absolutely ask, it is more common. A lot of CBD from dispensaries also has a decent percentage of THC. 


Knowing the source of your CBD is really just a matter of being aware of what you are putting in your body. You might not care one way or the other, but since THC does have known psychotropic effects, it might influence when you would use it. It can also change the legality of your actions depending on use, so always know what you are getting when you buy these products. The good news is that regardless of the source, CBD is always a good addition to your day. Just make sure you know what you are really getting when you buy it!

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