When it comes to hemp and products derived from hemp, there’s a lot of confusion. For example, many people assume that hemp and cannabis are the exact same thing, when in actuality, they’re different. What’s the difference? Read more to find out.
Hemp and cannabis are two different varieties of the same plant species, the Cannabis Sativa plant. The biggest difference between hemp and cannabis is their chemical composition and their intended use. Let’s get into more specifics.
Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant that is grown for industrial use. It’s known for its tall structure, strong fibers, and for its use in creating hemp-derived wellness products, like CBD tinctures, edibles, and topicals. Some manufacturers also use hemp to produce textiles, like bed sheets and clothing, hemp milk, and even biofuel. Obviously, hemp is very useful. In the United States, if hemp is used to create wellness products, like the CBD options mentioned above, it is required that it contains 0.3% or less THC to be considered legal. Most hemp contains very low levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that provides the “high” feeling people get when they consume it.
On the other hand, cannabis is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant that is specifically grown for its higher levels of THC. Different strains of cannabis, like indica and sativa provide different euphoric or “high” effects when they are consumed. Many people use cannabis medically and/or recreationally in states where it is legal, because it provides certain benefits like relaxation, relief from chronic pain, and help with insomnia. Interestingly enough, CBD also has some of these same benefits without the psychoactive effects.
In summation, while hemp and cannabis are related, they are not exactly the same thing. They are different strains of the same plant with different chemical compositions and different intended uses. Hemp or industrialized hemp is grown for industrial purposes, as well as to produce wellness products with CBD and cannabis is typically grown for its high levels of THC. If you’re interested in learning more about the difference between CBD and THC, check out Hemp Learning Channel’s Big Glossary of Cannabinoids and stay tuned for more great articles.