Hemp and marijuana (aka weed, pot, mary jane, and more) are not the same things. But it’s not uncommon for people to confuse and associate the plants together. After all, they both come from the same plant family: cannabis.
Here are 4 ways hemp and marijuana are different:
1. Their concentration of THC
Marijuana typically has a 15-20% concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp on the other hand typically has a 0.3% or less concentration of THC. You will not get high off of hemp or hemp-based products. You will only look ridiculous if you try to smoke it.
2. How they look
As plants, marijuana has broad leaves and a short, bushy appearance. Hemp has skinny leaves that are concentrated towards the top of the plant and grows taller. Will you ever come across this in the wild or use this knowledge outside of small talk at parties? Probably not, but hey, #themoreyouknow.
3. What they are used for
Marijuana is primarily used for recreational or medicinal purposes and hemp is primarily used for industrial purposes. Hemp is actually super versatile and has been used for paper, clothing, building materials, biofuel, food products, and more.
To purchase weed products (legally) you usually need a medical marijuana card (this depends on state laws). You do not need a doctor’s prescription or medical card to purchase hemp-based products.
So where does cannabidiol (CBD) fit into all this? CBD is a cannabinoid, i.e. another compound found in cannabis plants. It does not contain any psychoactive properties and therefore does not get you high. But there are many other benefits to CBD like reducing signs of:
- pain and inflammation
- muscle tension and soreness
- stress and anxiety
And more. While research on CBD is still in its infancy and most evidence is anecdotal, there’s a growing interest in people using CBD products over opioids to treat pain and we can expect to see more scientific studies being conducted in the near future.
In the meantime, we highly recommend you do your own research before trying any CBD product so you can make your own informed opinion.