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Marijuana dispensaries and CBD stores may seem like very different types of retail stores, but are they? Let's find out. A marijuana dispensary is a store that specializes in the sale of cannabis products, such as marijuana, concentrates, and edibles. On the other hand, a CBD store is a store that specializes in the sale of hemp-derived products, such as CBD oils and tinctures, topicals, capsules, edibles, and more. The difference between marijuana and hemp lies in the THC content. Hemp plants carry under 0.3% THC while marijuana has higher THC levels. Both marijuana and hemp are classified as cannabis. So what exactly does this mean?

The main difference between a marijuana dispensary and a CBD store is that the former focuses on psychoactive products that contain THC, while the latter focuses exclusively on hemp-derived products that are lower in THC levels. Dispensaries have products that are legally able to contain over 0.3% THC while CBD stores must stay under 0.3% THC. THC is what is responsible for causing a "high".

You may be thinking that this all means that you go to a marijuana dispensary to get "high" and you go to CBD stores to avoid the "high". But that's not entirely true. CBD stores are legally able to sell products that can cause a "high" as long as the THC concentrations do not exceed 0.3% by dry weight. So depending on the weight of a product it is still possible to have an intoxicating dose of THC in a hemp-derived delta 8 or delta 9 product. You'll want to check the legalities for these types of hemp products in your state as the sale of hemp-derived delta 8 and delta 9 products are prohibited in certain states. This is why education is extremely important. You never want to be in a position where you do not know what type of effect to expect while using cannabis products or if it's legal.

CBD stores offer a safe, convenient, and reliable way to purchase CBD products. A CBD store is specifically designed to provide the highest quality products, while providing customers with the information and assistance they need to make an informed decision. The knowledgeable staff at a CBD store can provide advice on the best products and how to use them properly. Often marijuana dispensaries hire security guards and cashiers to run their establishments but many people do not feel they obtain the education and guidance they need from this type of structure. Marijuana & CBD have not been legal for very long so it is extremely common for the general population to need guidance. You should never guess on your wellness so education is key when beginning your cannabis journey.

What's the harm of not being educated? Marijuana has never killed anyone, it's just a plant.

It's true, marijuana has never been the cause of death to a human but that doesn't mean to use these products irresponsibly or without educating yourself. Here is a great example of why education is important. Rick Simpson Oil- an oil made from the flowers of the cannabis (marijuana) plant, gets attention online from people who claim it treats cancer. This is a highly concentrated product that has a reputation of doing some pretty amazing things. This product only requires users to start with a rice-sized amount of concentrate. That's it! A tiny rice-sized amount. Sounds harmless, right? Wrong. Using RSO incorrectly has put many people in the hospital. The misuse of the product can cause rapid heartbeat, paranoia, headaches, nausea and/or vomiting, anxiety, coordination problems, delayed reaction times, and it can interfere with certain medications. In fact, the misuse of any intoxicating product can provide unwanted side effects.

Both marijuana and CBD products have been shown to have some fascinating and exciting health benefits but it is always important to know what you are taking and that you are buying products from a reputable company.

And a heads up to those who get drug tested because you won't be passing drug tests from products sold in a marijuana dispensary. You can even fail a drug test at a CBD store. Yet another reason why education is so very important.

Watching your pennies

CBD stores are typically well-stocked with a wide variety of CBD products, ensuring that customers have access to the products they need. They have products with no THC at all and products with THC. The prices at a CBD store are often more affordable than those found at a marijuana dispensary and if you are looking to save even more money find a store that also manufactures their products. Cutting out a middleman will always save you money and there's no better reassurance than speaking directly with those who made your products.

Don't forget the taxes! CBD stores have regular sales tax while dispensaries have much higher tax rates. As of today's date (in Illinois), " a 10% tax will apply to cannabis flower or products with less than 35% THC. A 20% tax will apply to products infused with cannabis, such as edible products. 25% tax will apply to any product with a THC concentration higher than 35%. In addition to these scalable tax rates, the state’s regular 6.25% sales tax rate also applies, along with local taxes of up to 3.5%. The range consumers will pay at the register — which does not include the 7% tax levied at wholesale — will be between 19.55% to 34.75% retail tax, depending on the product’s potency".

Therefore, for those looking for a convenient and affordable way to purchase cannabis products, a CBD store is the ideal choice.

A side note: CBD stores do not require marijuana cards and are not classified by recreational or medicinal so all are welcome who are over the age of 21.

Cannabis- A truly amazing plant

Marijuana and CBD have both been studied extensively for their potential health benefits. Although cannabis has long been associated with recreational use, recent research has demonstrated its potential to aid in wellness. From providing relief from chronic pain to aiding in mental health, marijuana and CBD can be powerful natural remedies.

CBD, in particular, has been found to be especially effective for relieving inflammation, reducing stress, and improving sleep quality. It can also help to improve digestive health, reduce anxiety, and even lessen the symptoms of depression. For those looking to improve overall well-being without the intense "high" and with extra guidance, CBD can be a great natural remedy to try.

Marijuana, on the other hand, has been also found to be beneficial for managing chronic pain and nausea, as well as reducing anxiety. Products tend to come in much higher THC levels. It can also help to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, depression, and other mental health conditions. It is even being explored for its potential to help treat cancer.

Overall, marijuana and CBD are both amazing natural remedies worth trying to improve your wellness. With further research, more potential benefits are likely to be discovered. If you are looking for natural ways to improve your well-being, these two substances may be worth exploring.

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