Where Does CBD Come From?

Many people mistakenly believe CBD comes from marijuana plants; it actually comes from hemp plants. There’s a big difference!

While marijuana and hemp come from the same family of plants (Cannabis Sativa) and both contain cannabinoids like CBD and THC, hemp contains a very low concentration of THC and is grown for more industrial purposes.

  • Hemp generally contains low concentrations of THC measuring less than 0.3%
  • Marijuana’s THC concentrations typically measure between 15-40%

CBD is one of more than 100 naturally-occurring cannabinoids found in hemp plants. It comes from the hemp flower, extracted after it blooms. The raw substance itself takes the form of an oil, which is suspended in other oils (coconut, olive, etc.) to create an isolate.

Some companies market products as “whole-plant.” This means the entire plant was used in making the product. CBD is still only found in the flower, but other cannabinoids, terpenes and essential fatty acids are found in the leaves, stem and seeds. When combined, cannabinoids may work synergistically, improving the effect and potency.