Our expert; Alexandra Whiteley, has explained below the difference between cannabis, hemp + marijuana, as let's be honest, it's a confusing 


Cannabis is the scientific name of the plant. There are different strains and genus, but the main three are ruderalis, indica and sativa.  Cannabis sativa is the strain that hemp is derived from + the strain where our CBD comes from.


Hemp refers to cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC, 0.2% THC in many European countries (by dry weight).  Hemp has generally been described as the non-intoxicating cannabis grown and harvested for both industrial use and use of its derived products.  It is known to have over 50,000 different uses.


Marijuana is a broad term used for the cannabis plant containing more than 0.3% THC (by dry weight) and can elicit psychotropic/euphoric effects on the user. 

 What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of the cannabinoids/compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant. CBD has been reported, in both pre-clinical studies and anecdotal evidence, to encourage a broad array of therapeutic elements.  CBD regulates signals in your cells, acts as an antioxidant, and activates different receptors in your body.  Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have any of the intoxicating or psychotropic effects as it is derived from hemp, which can only be defined as such if it contains less than 0.3% THC.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, is one of the more recognized cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.  This compound accounts for the psychotropic effects, causing the ‘high’ effect, as THC is derived from marijuana (cannabis containing more than 0.3% THC).  All of Pollen’s products are THC free*- meaning no THC is detected in our testing.

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