Is There a Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

Row of Marijuana plants in plastic potThere is still a big misconception about hemp: Is it the same as marijuana, and if not, how are they similar and different?

While the raw plant may look and smell similar, hemp and marijuana are different plants with significantly different characteristics.

Hemp and marijuana are two distinct species of the cannabis plant, much like the Labrador and the wolf are two distinct members of canis lupus.

Marijuana is a variety of cannabis that is often cultivated for a high concentration of THC, the psychoactive compound that delivers a “high” feeling.

Because of these effects, marijuana is commonly used as a recreational drug. Its popularity in the United States as an alternative medical treatment has also grown steadily in recent years.

The industrial hemp plant, which is used to make everything from supplements to clothing to ethanol fuel to our hemp oil products, contains barely detectable amounts of THC. This is the main reason why enjoying the many different types of hemp oil products does not cause a high like marijuana does.

Some forms of industrial hemp, including those used by HempMeds™, are bred to produce naturally higher concentrations of CBD or cannabidiol, which is one of dozens of cannabinoids — unique compounds found in cannabis plants — that does not produce a “high” like THC.

Overall, hemp is a powerful plant that has incredible potential to improve our economy and our lives in general. However, its relationship to marijuana has created many negative misconceptions.

Want to know more?

Conduct your own research about hemp products and ^CBD — you might be amazed at what you discover!

 

^CBD is a natural constituent of hemp oil.

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