What is cannabis?
Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants with distinctive, serrated leaves that originated in Asia. Exactly how many cannabis species exist is a matter of dispute, but the two majorly recognized and farmed species are cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica.
Weed/pot/grass/other slang terms
Most slang terms for cannabis relate to THC-rich Sativa flowers—these are the strains of cannabis that when ingested by eating or inhaling, release cannabinoids that produce a psychoactive, mind-altering high. Slang terms like ‘weed’ are not generally associated with hemp or CBD.
What is marijuana?
The term marijuana can refer to cannabis Sativa or Indica, but whatever the subspecies, marijuana plants will contain a psychoactive cocktail of cannabinoids. In other words, they can get you (and your dog) high.
As a result, CBD oils made from marijuana plants tend to have higher THC concentrations than those made from hemp—with concentrations deliberately strong enough to produce a high.
Confusingly, some marijuana-derived CBD oils are labeled as ‘cannabis oil.’ Of course, this is technically incorrect, as all CBD oils are extracted from cannabis plants, making every CBD-containing product a cannabis oil.
The reason for this mislabeling is likely due to the way in which cannabis has become culturally associated with THC, Sativa, and its mind-altering effects. As a result, non-intoxicating hemp plants have become somewhat culturally separated from other cannabis strains—even though they are from the same plant genus.