So due to all the misinformation out there in the last century about Hemp vs Marijuana vs Cannabis let’s get it cleared up here. Cannabis is the name of the plant family or genus that Hemp and Marijuana originate from. They are the two primary species or siblings of Cannabis Sativa L. Scientifically, hemp and marijuana are the same plants but they have drastically different genetic profiles.
Cannabis contains a variety of compounds named Cannabinoids – the two most dominant ones are Tetrahydrocannabinol -THC and Cannabidiol – CBD. The three terms, hemp, marijuana, and cannabis are used interchangeably and has caused a lot of difficulty in understanding the use and benefits. Let’s go through what the differences are so you become knowledgeable for future discussion on this topic. Here are the facts!
#1 – Are they all the same thing?
No! They are NOT the same thing. Each plant has very distinct uses and characteristics but the major difference is in the amount of THC and CBD derived from the plant. Hemp plants produce higher levels of CBD where marijuana plants produce higher levels of THC. The term cannabis oil is used to refer to either marijuana or hemp derived oil since as they are two different forms of cannabis.
#2 – What is the difference between CBD and THC?
The basic difference is that CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties but THC does, in high concentrations.
#3 – Can you get “high” on Hemp derived CBD?
No! The level of THC in Hemp derived CBD is 0.3% where Marijuana derived CBD has high concentrations of THC between 15% to 40%, which do make you “high”. We go the extra steps to make sure that our hemp oil is THC-free.
#4 – What are Hemp and Marijuana used for?
Hemp is grown for primarily industrial purposes because it is capable of producing crucial resources needed for everyday well-being such as paper, clothing, oils, food products and more. With the rapid growth in popularity and awareness of CBD health benefits, hemp is being produced in a wide variety of THC-free CBD products.
Marijuana is naturally grown in the US for it’s psychoactive properties due to it’s abundance of THC. It is used recreationally as well as for medical reasons. Medical Marijuana is becoming more widespread in use as it can be smoked, inhaled, ingested and injected directly into the body. THC is also being used in a variety of methods from vaporizers, edibles, capsules and more.
So now you know the facts!