Hemp vs Marijuana: What’s the Difference?

In this blog post, we will discuss the difference between hemp and marijuana.

The difference between hemp and marijuana

Hemp is a plant that has been legalized for industrial use in many countries around the world. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other active ingredients such as cannabidiol (CBD). THC can be found in both hemp and marijuana, but hemp does not have any significant amounts of THC.
Hemp typically contains less than 0.03% THC while marijuana can contain anywhere from 15-30%. Hemp also has a higher concentration of cannabidiol (CBD) which may be used to alleviate health conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety without the psychoactive effects seen with THC. The production and use of hemp are regulated in various ways in different countries around the world because it could influence trade and commerce through its relation to cannabis sativa.
The hemp plant was legalized for industrial use in Canada under Bill C-45 on October 17th, 2018 but still requires approval by Health Canada before cultivation permits will be issued. Marijuana continues to be illegal at both the federal level in the United States as well as provincially and territorially in Canada.
Marijuana may contain up to 30% THC or more while hemp only contains 0.03-0.05%. This small amount of level is enough to make someone feel “buzzed” because it lacks CBDs that would typically counteract this effect (as well as CBN). Hemp also doesn’t possess a strong aroma like a weed so you won’t be able to smell it even if you’re close by. Marijuana can refer to either cannabis that has been specifically cultivated for medical use or any psychoactive drug which contains an active ingredient in marijuana – meaning it’s used for recreational purposes most often but also can be prescribed by a doctor for other reasons too.
Marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes, but hemp has been shown to also have health benefits such as moisturizing the skin and hair. Hemp oil is a popular ingredient in many beauty products because of these attributes.
Hemp may seem like marijuana at first glance with its tall stalks, bushy leaves, and psychoactive compound THC- however, they are very different plants that serve two very different purposes so please remember not to confuse them!

What is hemp used for?

Hemp vs Marijuana: What's the Difference?
  • Hemp is used in many industries including clothing, haircare, and furniture.
  • It can be a tool for making biofuel (biomass) because it grows quickly with little water or fertilizer needed.
  • As hemp has high levels of CBDs, there are hopes that this will become an alternative treatment for anxiety disorders and chronic pain sufferers as THC does not produce the same health benefits to these patients.
  • The seeds contain 72% protein which makes them ideal for use by vegetarians/vegans who want a complete amino acid profile without meat products being involved; they also provide all nine essential amino acids!

Uses of marijuana

  • Medicinal use of marijuana is the most common and well-known use for this drug.
  • It can be used to treat chronic pain, muscle spasms, glaucoma, epilepsy, and even its ability to stimulate appetite in chemotherapy patients has been recognized.
  • Marijuana was also found to reduce nausea caused by cancer treatments such as chemo and radiotherapy.
  • Some states have legalized medical marijuana with some allowing its recreational usage too; however, these laws vary from state to state so you need to check before making any plans!
    Hemp may look like a weed but don’t confuse them because they are very different!

How to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana plants?

  • If you’re looking closely, hemp plants have a long thin stem with leaves and flowers that are set close to the ground.
  • Marijuana has a short bushy like growth with taller stalks and more spaced out leaves.
  • Hemp seeds are also not as potent or mind altering when compared to marijuana which is why they can be found in cereals and other foods where others couldn’t eat them!

Different types of cannabis strains

Hemp vs Marijuana: What's the Difference?
  • There are many different cannabis strains that all have their own set of effects and strengths.
  • Cannabis sativa has a high that is uplifting and invigorating, whereas the indica strain is more relaxing with an after effect of sedation.
  • The most popular types of cannabis are indica, sativa and hybrid strains.
  • Hemp is the least potent type of plant with low levels of THC (which causes a high). This makes it perfect for those who just want to take care of their skin or other physical ailments without feeling too much pain!

Pros/cons of both substances

  • Hemp is used for foods, clothing, and more. Marijuana can be consumed in a variety of ways such as smoking it or eating edibles (concentrate).
  • Hemp does not have the same psychoactive effects that marijuana can cause because hemp contains less THC than cannabis. However, there are other cannabinoids present in hemp which work with CBD to produce different medicinal/therapeutic benefits!
  • Legalizing both substances will help so many people who need them but only time will tell how things play out on this one. It’s still unclear what might happen when these two plants cross paths in real life situations even though they’re typically grown separately from each other.
    People who need cannabis for medical reasons should be able to use it legally. However, there are still some downsides that come with the legalization of both hemp and pot. The legalities surrounding the two plants have not been fully established yet which is why we won’t know what will happen when they meet in real life situations until certain laws are put into place on a federal level! It’s also unclear how legalization will affect the environment because outdoor growing could lead to an increase in pesticide usage if more growers start planting weed illegally outdoors instead of indoors like they do with most other crops. There are so many ways you can consume cannabis including smoking or eating, which is why it’s important to understand the difference between hemp vs marijuana.

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