Marijuana vs. Hemp: What’s The Real Difference?

When people read or hear about Marijuana and Hemp, it can get very confusing to know what the real differences are. This can lead to not only a lot of confusion and questions, but a lot of false assumptions and misinformation as well.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at exactly what is Marijuana and Hemp, and what the main differences are between them. This will give you a much clearer and accurate understanding of how they are indeed different.

“So, are Marijuana and Hemp actually the same thing?”

The very short answer to this important question is: NO

Both Marijuana and Hemp are part of the same Cannabis “family” so to speak, but they are not exactly the same when you break each of them down. Cannabis is a plant family that includes MANY species, which include both Marijuana and Hemp.

Marijuana leaves tend to be broader or they can be more like a tight bud or nugget with fuzzy-like hairs.

Hemp leaves are much skinnier and taller (up to 20 feet high) with leaves that are more concentrated on the very top.

About Marijuana - (Psychoactive, Low CBD, High THC)

Marijuana is another species of the Cannabis plant family. Most people are very aware of what Marijuana is, and the legal issues surrounding it. What makes Marijuana so potent is the higher levels of THC, which gives it psychoactive properties, as well as numerous health benefits.

Marijuana is specifically used for medicinal and recreational purposes only. Unlike Hemp, which requires minimal care and can adapt to most climates in the growing process, Marijuana is much different. It must be carefully grown in a controlled atmosphere that is both warm and humid.

Currently Marijuana is either legal for medicinal and/or recreational use, or not legal at all in some states. The trend for legalization across all states continues to grow as more truth (and the proven health benefits) about Marijuana come into clearer focus.

The Various Uses For Marijuana: The main chemical in Marijuana is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). This unique chemical is responsible for Marijuana’s psychoactive and psychological effects on the brain. The normal level of THC per batch of Marijuana is between 5% to 20%. Some of the more potent “strains” contain in upwards of 25% to 30% THC.

The uses for Marijuana include both recreational use (to either relax an individual, or to give them more energy depending on the strain), as well as medicinal uses. THC has tremendous pain-relieving properties and is great for health problems that include: muscle spasms, chronic pain, glaucoma, epileptic seizures, insomnia, anxiety/panic attacks, depression, and even to help with diseases like Alzheimer’s, IBS and MS. As for those with cancer, it can help reduce some of the pain and nausea related to chemotherapy, but also help to stimulate the appetite of cancer patients as well.

Marijuana is great for inflammation, which helps the pain associated with arthritis. It’s also great for those who suffer with PTSD, and to protect the brain from concussions and other trauma.

About Hemp and CBD Oil Uses (Non-Psychoactive, Low THC, High CBD)

Hemp is completely different compared to Marijuana in the way it’s cultivated, applied, and even its overall function. Hemp is used in unique ways that Marijuana cannot be used. The agricultural production of hemp is different than Marijuana, in the fact that Hemp is a variety of Cannabis that’s grown for its tall and sturdy stalks, and low levels of THC. THC is the psychoactive compound in Marijuana. While there are low levels of THC in Hemp, it’s important to note that Hemp contains much higher levels of other beneficial Cannabinoids like CBD which have healing and calming effects in the body without the “high” associated with THC.

The Various Uses For Hemp: Hemp has been used for thousands of years by humans in all cultures, across the globe. The hemp plant is used in paper, fabric, textiles, food, body care products (like lotions), building materials, fuel oil and even used in plastic alternatives that don’t contain toxic chemicals.

The other big use of hemp is in clothing and fabrics. What makes Hemp so great is its overall strength, flexibility and resistance to water damage. This makes it highly durable not only when used in clothing, but for also for ropes and even building materials like “Hempcrete”.

Nutritionally, the consumption of eating raw Hemp seeds has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol (thanks to Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils), help people lose weight, and also improve one’s immune system, control blood sugar levels and drastically cut down on the inflammation in the body that can cause pain and discomfort.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the largest uses of Hemp cultivation. The full body nutritional benefits are expansive with CBD and range from reducing anxiety to pain relief. Read more.