Many people don’t really know the difference between hemp and marijuana. With the Cannabis industry being so new, and the many complexities of various plants, strains, regulations and laws, it’s not surprising that many are still very confused by this topic! With so many states passing legislation around the legality of marijuana and hemp products seeming to grow in popularity across the globe, it can be beneficial to finally understand the difference between the two.
What is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
First, it’s essential to start with the definition of Cannabis. The term Cannabis refers to the flowering plants in the Cannabaceae family, which is made up of three primary species: Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis, and Cannabis sativa.
Marijuana and hemp are often thought to be different types of plants entirely, but this isn’t the case. In reality, they are actually just two different varieties under the umbrella of the Cannabis plant!
The main difference between the two is the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. THC is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plants and it is the compound that gives people the “high” that is often associated with Cannabis.
In 2018, the Agricultural Act was passed that put the legal definition of hemp into place. Hemp products are defined as Cannabis varieties that contain less than 0.3% THC (by dried weight). This means that individuals can’t get “high” from ingesting or using hemp products and explains why they are legal throughout the United States. In comparison, marijuana products, with their higher levels of THC and psychedelic qualities , are only legal in a handful (albeit growing number) of states.
Marijuana, then, is defined as any Cannabis plant that contains THC levels of higher than 0.3% (by dried weight).
Are there Benefits of Hemp Products?
Some people might wonder how and why people use hemp products. As more and more studies are conducted, evidence is mounting to indicate that the Hemp plant may have many powerful therapeutic and medicinal benefits it can offer.
Manufacturers extract oil from the hemp plant and process it into CBD oil, which is then used in sublingual oils, creams, and pills. CBD oil has been shown in many scientific studies to help reduce anxiety, stress, pain, cramps, and improve sleep. Check out Betoken’s “Hello Mellow” capsules or our CBD PMS cream, Not This Month.
Most importantly, since the THC levels are so low, an individual can take hemp products and still have a functioning, productive day, in fact, many people report that taking CBD actually helps them focus on day-to-day tasks with improved efficiency!
Hemp is all-natural, as it’s derived from plants.
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