Hemp and Marijuana: Very Different Sisters

Hemp and Marijuana: Very Different Sisters

December 28, 2019

The world is seeing the largest influx of cannabis related businesses and products hitting the market as of late. Due to its widespread popularity, studies are being conducted that are working to uncover the many health related benefits of this great plant. However, there is still some confusion. What is cannabis? What is hemp? Are hemp and marijuana the same thing?

We believe that it's important to properly inform the community of consumers, as the narrative being driven in this ever-changing market isn't providing the clarity most need. Therefore, we thought we'd provide you with some insight through a couple interesting and informative facts about hemp, cannabis and marijuana - and the differences that live therein. 

Cannabis Sativa: The Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana

Cannabis Sativa is a flowering plant, most commonly known for it's psychoactive qualities that get you 'high'. However, not all Cannabis Sativa can get you high. That's because not all Cannabis Sativa is marijuana. Cannabis Sativa has two main families - hemp and marijuana. The distinctive traits that separate the two have to do with the network of chemical compounds that make up their unique chains of DNA. Put simply, the ratios of CBD & THC in the plant determine whether it is marijuana or hemp. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, the distinguishing factor as noted by the United States Government are as follows: a cannabis plant with less than .3% Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, is considered hemp. Any cannabis plant with more than .3% Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is considered marijuana. 

Hemp: No, I Don't Get You High 

While marijuana contains high levels of Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and has the ability to get you high, Hemp is the exact opposite. It's chemical makeup is different in that it naturally produces more CBD and therefore cannot produce high quantities of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol levels below .3% are not substantial enough to produce the psychoactive and euphoric feelings associated with marijuana, and therefore, anything below this threshold will not get you high and is considered hemp. 

Hemp: I Have Many Uses, Not Just One

Another drastic difference between hemp and marijuana reside within their uses. Marijuana is mainly used for medicinal and recreational consumption. In essence, most people use marijuana to either 'get high' or to mitigate the symptoms of a certain ailment. Hemp on the other hand, will not get you high but still has the ability to mitigate symptoms associated with dozens of medical ailments and wellness issues.

Furthermore, hemp is an extremely versatile industrial product which can be used to make textiles, hemp concrete, polymers, the list goes on...Hemp has been used in many industrial applications dating back as far as 8000 BCE. 

Hemp: Safe Among All Mammals

While hemp and it's compounds like CBD have stormed the market in recent years in relation to their effects in humans, they have also been found to be safe and effective in other mammals alike - like horses, dogs and cats, just to name a few. Like humans, using dogs as an example, they too have an endocannabinoid system - which is the control center in the body for processing cannabinoids. Just like humans, when CBD (or other cannabinoids, like CBG) are ingested into the body of a mammal, like a dog or horse, they too are able to reap the benefits of the many ways cannabinoids can help their bodies return to homeostasis. Cannabinoids that come from hemp, like CBD and CBG, are great additives to your animals daily health and wellness regimen. 

The Quick Takeaways:

  • Cannabis Sativa has two different classifications: hemp and marijuana
  • Marijuana has THC levels higher than .3%, and can get you 'high'
  • Hemp has THC levels lower than .3%, and does not get you 'high'
  • Hemp is commonly used for its health and wellness benefits
  • Hemp is also a great industrial product, used in textiles, polymers, and many other applications
  • Hemp, and cannabinoids derived from hemp like CBD & CBG are safe in mammals as well. 
  • Mammals, like dogs, horses and cats have an endocannabinoid system just like humans do. 

We appreciate your interest in all things cannabis and furthermore, appreciate your interest in becoming truly informed on the matter. Being informed is extremely important, especially when introducing any substance into your body. If you have any further questions in relation to cannabis, please do not hesitate to reach out. Nurturing the community we've built around this plant is very important to us, and helping spread valuable knowledge will only help to further propel this industry in the right direction. Knowledge is power. 


***FDA Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.