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What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about industrial hemp, and indeed marijuana, with many confusing the two or even believing them to be the same. Admittedly, the scent and appearance of hemp is very alike – the plant is a strain of cannabis sativa after all – practically, it is incomparable to typical marijuana.

Hemp and marijuana are both classed as cannabis sativa, but are effectively two different species – in the same way that poodles and pugs are both breeds of dog, yet not the same.

While marijuana has relatively high concentrations of THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid that when ingested makes you feel high or stoned, hemp has very low concentrations of THC. So low in fact that it’s not subject to the same restrictions.

THC-heavy marijuana can be used medically, but tends to be used mostly by recreational users. Some medical marijuana advocates argue that full-spectrum products (i.e. products with CBD and THC) work better than products where the CBD has been isolated.

Industrial hemp’s uses stretch beyond alternative medicine to clothing and even fuel. The very low THC content in hemp oil (always less than 0.3%) makes it very popular and safe to take. It’s good for daytime use and is non-addictive, and with no psychoactivity, there are no adverse effects to your cognitive performance.

As understanding of industrial hemp and cannabinoids improve, growers have bred strains of hemp that are extraordinarily rich in CBD and almost totally free of THC. Also present in cannabis sativa are terpenes and lesser-known cannabinoids like CBG – full-spectrum CBD oil will include these.

Times are changing, and marijuana is more accepted now than ever before in modern society, but there’s still plenty of work to do in informing people about medical marijuana products. Many are yet to realize that it’s possible to medicate with marijuana without getting high!

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