Hemp vs Marijuana / THC vs CBD

CBD oil is the multibillion pound global health trend of the last 5 years. Everyday there seems to be yet another newspaper story singing its praises. That said, confusion still reigns about whether CBD is really legal, or if it will make you feel high. That’s because many people still don’t know the difference between hemp and marijuana, or the compounds they contain. At Good Remedy, we’ve decided to clear up any remaining doubts, so that you know when choosing our hemp CBD oils, you’re on the right side of the law.

What is CBD?

CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound in cannabis sativa, called a cannabinoid. There are over 100 different types of cannabinoids, with perhaps the most well known being THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is responsible for the high associated with marijuana. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid, and unlike THC, does not create any intoxifying effect. Quite the opposite. CBD has been known to counteract the stoned feeling produced by THC.

CBD was isolated in the 1940s, but it was in the 1960s that Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam really started studying the molecule. Initially, researchers believed CBD to be inactive, because of its non-psychoactive effect. However, as they slowly began to understand how CBD affects the body, scientists realised it is in fact an incredibly complex molecule, interacting with several different types of receptors in the body relating to pain, inflammation, mood, anxiety, nausea, cell proliferation, and our immune system.  

Importantly, because CBD is neither addictive nor intoxicating, it is not classed as a controlled substance. In fact, only last year the World Health Organization issued a report confirming that CBD is safe, non toxic, and free from any risk of abuse.

Right now, most CBD available in the UK is sold as a nutritional supplement, rather than a medicine. That’s because there still hasn’t been enough research carried out on humans confirming CBD’s health benefits.

Buying CBD oil in the UK and most places in the world, is completely legal as long as it is extracted from hemp and not marijuana.

Hemp Vs Marijuana

Cannabis sativa is the all encompassing term to describe both hemp and marijuana plants. However, hemp is legal, and marijuana as a rule, is not. That’s because hemp contains barely any THC  (less than 0.2%), the cannabinoid responsible for the high. Traditionally, hemp was grown for its extra-strong fibre and nutrient-rich hemp seeds, and no one even knew it contained CBD, which is found in the resinous flowers and buds.

As scientific research began to uncover CBD’s therapeutic potential, hemp fast became the legal way to produce CBD oil worldwide.

CBD extracted from marijuana is available in parts of the world where medical cannabis has been legalised and there is more flexibility surrounding THC content. Despite last year’s legalisation of medical cannabis in the UK, very few prescriptions have been issued, so in the meantime, most people continue to choose CBD oil extracted from hemp.

At Good Remedy we use the finest, quality hemp grown in sunshine of the Colorado mountains. Using state-of-the-art CO2 extraction methods, all the key active molecules such as CBD, minor cannabinoids and terpenes, are preserved. But crucially we remove any traces of THC from our CBD oils.   


Why do we remove THC? It’s not that THC is the ‘bad’ cannabinoid. Far from it. THC is being researched for health conditions as varied as glaucoma, neurodegenerative diseases, and PTSD. Many medical cannabis preparations contain a certain amount of THC, which is often not enough to cause any psychoactive effect at all. It’s just any CBD oil containing more than 0.2% THC becomes classed as a controlled substance, and is therefore either illegal or must come with a prescription.

At Good Remedy, we prefer to stay 100% on the right side of the law, and have therefore removed any traces of THC from our CBD products. Through third party lab tests, we can prove not only the cannabinoid content, but that our CBD oils contain no mould, heavy metals or pesticides.

We hope that we’ve cleared up any residual confusion surrounding CBD oil, hemp, and marijuana. The take home message is to always choose CBD extracted from organic hemp, containing less than 0.2% THC (or indeed none at all). That way there’s no chance of accidentally breaking the law or experiencing any unwanted intoxicating effects from your CBD oil.

Now it’s just a matter of deciding which CBD oil is best for you. We’re here to help, so why not take a quick browse around our online store or speak to our customer service team who will be delighted to give their expert advice.