The Beginning of the Hemp-Derived CBD Movement
As preclinical research on CBD started emerging in the early 2000s, marijuana still remained federally illegal. This drove a shift towards researching and producing hemp-derived products. While marijuana and hemp are both members of the cannabis family, they differ in appearance, composition, cultivation needs, legality, and phytochemical application. Hemp inherently has a high CBD to low THC ratio, eliminating any psychoactive properties. The 2018 Farm Bill ended hemp prohibition on the federal level, making hemp a legal commodity that can be sold and transported to all 50 states. Whether CBD is derived from marijuana or hemp, it maintains the same chemical makeup and benefit potential. Hemp-derived CBD offers better access to individuals across the nation without the mind-altering effects of marijuana-derived CBD.