CBD 101

A simple guide to help you distinguish between the two chemically similar substances.
They both interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, but their effects are exhibited very differently.

Cannabis Sativa


  • Scientific name is cannabidiol
  • No “high” or psychoactive effects
  • Extracted exclusively from hemp plants, although it can be extracted in small amounts from marijuana plants
  • Little adverse side affects
  • Better suited for a wider array of ailments including epilepsy, anxiety, depression, migraines, and inflammation
  • Preferred by people with high sensitivity to the side affects of THC
  • Hemp recently lost status as a federally controlled substance
Cannabis Leaf


  • Scientific name is tetrahydrocannabinol
  • Users experience “high” or psychoactive effects
  • Extracted exclusively from marijuana plants
  • Side effects include anxiety, paranoia, and dizziness if used in high doses with no built up tolerance
  • Better suited for alleviating spasticity and cramp pain in muscles, insomnia, and low appetite
  • Marijuana remains federally mandated and restricted as a controlled substance