Hemp and marijuana are both Cannabis but are different in a few ways. Our government has very specific legal perspectives on these two plants so it is important to understand the differences.
In this article, you’ll learn about a few of the differences between hemp and marijuana and how they can be used.
CBD Versus THC Content
The biggest difference between hemp and marijuana is the cannabinoid content. Hemp is rich in CBD while marijuana is rich in THC. THC produces a intoxicating or high effect with the levels found in marijuana. Hemp can legally contain 0.3% or less THC. The THC level found in hemp will not produce an intoxication effect but it has been known to help our body absorb the other cannabinoids including CBD and help with pain relief (FDA does not approve CBD to treat any condition).
Are Marijuana and Hemp Legal?
Hemp is legal in all 50 states, and has been since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
The legality of marijuana is significantly more complicated, with various states legalizing it to various degrees. Depending on the state you live in, marijuana may be legal for medical use, recreational use, or both. It is not legal on the federal level.
What are Hemp and Marijuana Used For?
Cannabis has been used to make medicine, paper, clothing and more for thousands of years! The classification of hemp and marijuana is really a government created term to classify it’s legality. While hemp been popular in textiles, helping to create clothing, rope, and so on, one of its biggest uses since its recent legalization has been for CBD products. Marijuana has been primarily used as a medicine and recreational product.
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