In this article, we will explore an overview of the difference between hemp and marijuana, and why people are so into hemp.
Hemp and Marijuana Are The Same Thing.. Kinda..
In the past few years, CBD has become mainstream, so you may have heard about it being added to coffee or pastries, vaping products, supplements and oils. You will probably tend to hear relevant news about CBD from friends who are proficient in the health market or weed market, too. You might have even noticed it on the shelves of your local supermarket or in even in the local doctor’s or alternative health practitioner’s office.
CBD is found in, and can be extracted from, both hemp and marijuana. However, marijuana is not federally legal while hemp is.
There is a sharp contrast between hemp and cannabis-based products, however. Unless you live in a state where recreational marijuana or medical marijuana is legal, you still cannot legally buy, sell, or own anything derived from marijuana. Even if you live in a state that has legal marijuana, you still have to go to a licensed dispensary to use it.
Why treat hemp and marijuana differently? It all boils down to one very specific thing: marijuana contains lots of THC and THC is illegal. Because there is not such a clear difference between the two plants from afar, without knowing what to look for in the leaves and buds, lots of people mistake them for each other. On the flipside, many people who do know the differences in the physical plant mistakenly believe that they are entirely separate species. But the fact of the matter is hemp and marijuana both belong to the same species of Cannabis Sativa, a very old species that some say may trace all the way back to the earliest humans!
The real difference between hemp and marijuana to remember between the two plants is the level of THC — marijuana contains levels of THC that are considered illegal by the federal government (although, that may change very soon), while hemp contains less than 0.3% THC — but LOTS of CBD.
CBD from hemp actually does give you a sort of “high” feeling, it’s just not intoxicating. It can promote a feeling of calmness, relaxation and even may ease physical pain from minor ailments. Smoking it seems to be the best way to administer it because it goes straight into your blood stream, while CBD oil may get diluted and do nothing if not administered properly.
So, are they the same thing? YES! AND NO! But we hope this quick primer was enlightening. Next time you pass by a smoke shop, ask them if they have any CBD hemp products. Chances are they will — the best products to try are the smokables!