Most people have heard of hemp, and most people have heard of marijuana. Both have been around for some time and have been widely used in one way or another for any number of purposes. However, while both are quite common and familiar, many people erroneously believe that hemp and marijuana are one and the same. This is an understandable misconception, but it is certainly one that is worth correcting.
Hemp and marijuana certainly have some things in common. They are both sourced from the cannabis plant, look very much alike, and have significant benefits. In fact, to the uneducated eye, they might seem to be one and the same. Both are grown across the country and both are widely known in popular culture. But for all of their similarities, there are certainly important and distinct differences that are well worth understanding.
Why is it important to delve into the difference between these two plants? The knowledge can be helpful in any number of ways, particularly for those who are interested in using the beneficial parts of the hemp plant, like CBD oil, without incurring the psychoactive side effects of marijuana. Those who have recently heard CBD mentioned a great deal in the news are interested in this very question.
CBD can provide any number of beneficial attributes for those who use it. Understandably then, many are very interested in exploring CBD as a valuable addition to their health and wellness routine. Many of those same people, however, whether for religious, personal, or work-related reasons do not want to consume THC, which is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. All of this is not to mention the different federal regulations that apply to hemp products as opposed to marijuana products. Therefore, this makes understanding the difference between the two, valuable knowledge worth having.
The Cannabis Plant – Cultivation and Uses
Both hemp and marijuana are sourced from the cannabis plant. Cannabis itself is a genus of flowering plants which consists of three primary species: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. The defining difference between hemp and marijuana is ultimately the chemical composition contained with each plant. Both hemp and marijuana produce any number of beneficial phytocannabinoids, including CBD, as well as helpful terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds.
However, the hemp plant and marijuana plant are harvested for different purposes, cultivated in different ways, and contain different chemical compositions. In a nutshell, the chemical difference between the two is that hemp ultimately contains no more than .3% THC by dry weight, whereas marijuana can contain up to 30% THC content. Certainly, that makes a significant difference in terms of the psychoactive effect, or lack thereof, of each plant.
Hemp and marijuana are, of course, also harvested for different purposes. Hemp is primarily used for industrial and nutritional value. It can be used for making things like textiles, clothing, rope, plastics, paper, and even biofuel. This is not to mention the number of nutritional products sourced from hemp like hemp seeds, hemp proteins, hemp granola, and more.
Marijuana, on the other hand, is sourced and used primarily for its psychoactive effects. Most people seek marijuana out for the purpose of using it as an intoxicant, though many also do use it for its medicinal value and benefits.
Because hemp and marijuana are harvested for different purposes, they naturally require different growing conditions as well. Marijuana is typically bred selectively in a controlled environment. Those who grow it try to breed female plants with budding flowers, which requires maintaining precise conditions and an environment with proper temperature, humidity, and lighting. By contrast, hemp is grown to maximize its size and production. It is typically grown outdoors and is a very hearty plant that does not require the precise attention necessary for growing marijuana.
Without question, hemp and marijuana have very different uses. Because of those different uses, it follows that they are regulated quite differently under the law as well. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, all hemp and hemp-derived products, which include hemp-derived CBD, were legalized. The key point to note about this legislation, however, is that the CBD and hemp products must contain no more than .3% THC to be legal. Certainly, different states have varying positions on the legality of marijuana. But nationally, those who wish to purchase CBD, sourced from hemp, can rest assured in the legality of their purchase if it contains .3% THC or less.
What This Means for Those Interested in CBD
The good news, for those who wish to take CBD for any number of the beneficial effects, is that they can do so knowing that, when they do, they are choosing a safe, natural, and non-addictive substance that is federally legal and that can be purchased without concern. While this is true, it is still important to remember that not all CBD products are necessarily of the same quality. It is important to choose a provider who focuses on quality from the very beginning – from the planting and harvesting of the hemp all the way through the final product that reaches the shelves.
At Rejuvia, we are proud to provide products that are exactly that. From seed to bottle, our promise to you is that our products are pure, organically grown, THC free, and a wonderful addition to your daily health routine.