Are Hemp and Marijuana the Same Thing?

Dec 9, 2021

When we are talking about CBD, we know that it's isolated from industrial hemp. However, many people said it's from Marijuana. They are all right. Now, may people believe that hemp and Marijuana are the same thing. Is that right? Let's going to find the "Truth".

What is Hemp?

Wikipedia says, hemp or industrial hemp is a botanical class of Cannabis sativa cultivars grown specifically for industrial or medicinal use. It can be used to make a wide range of products. Along with bamboo, hemp is among the fastest growing plants on Earth. It was also one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 50,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items, including paper, rope, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.

What is Marijuana

Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant. Native to Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, the cannabis plant has been used as a drug for both recreational and entheogenic purposes and in various traditional medicines for centuries. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive component of cannabis, which is one of the 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, within food, or as an extract.

Hemp and marijuana are varieties of Cannabis sativa. However, like family member, they are different from the amount on the same component.The main one is the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the compound that makes people feel high. Marijuana can have high THC levels. Hemp, however, has only trace amounts of THC. Hemp and marijuana have many chemical and genetic differences. By definition, hemp plants contain no more than 0.3% THC, compared to the 5-20% THC found in cannabis. Although THC is known for recreational use, it can also have therapeutic purposes. Hemp can also hold more cannabidiol (CBD).

Both hemp and Marijuana create a mount of profit. Their different content make different economic value. However, another important point is that their content of THC impact the legalization. Hemp and hemp-derived products are legal in all 50 states and in over 40 countries around the world. Technically speaking, leaves and buds of hemp cannot be used to produce oil, so many CBD companies dubiously claim that they extract CBD oil only from hemp stalks and seeds.

Marijuana, on the other hand, is illegal in most countries. At the time of writing, Canada and Uruguay are the only two countries to have entirely legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. Recreational weed is legal in 9 states, with 31 states providing access to medical marijuana products. Maybe Germany the next one. 

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