Hemp vs. Marijuana: What’s the Difference
The CBD industry is a hot topic of conversation at the moment and there are several derivatives of the term that are discussed due to its origins. Part of this discussion revolves around hemp and marijuana as both elements belong to the cannabis family. However, there are significant differences between these two substances and the legalities of each in the United States.
Although the cannabis oil industry is becoming less stigmatized, there is often confusion about hemp and marijuana and how this goes on to create CBD products.
To give you some insight into each, take a look at what hemp and marijuana are and the main differences between each.
What is Hemp?
You may have heard hemp being used a lot when people talk about CBD oils and products. Although hemp is part of the cannabis family and is grown in the US, it does not contain high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the property that is associated with making you high.
Currently, hemp plants are federally legalized, and CBD oil is extracted from hemp to produce supplements and wellness products. The amount of THC in hemp plants is very low. Although these crops contain a fair quantity of CBD, it must be below 0.3% THC, which is not enough to produce psychoactive effects.
What is Marijuana?
In contrast to hemp, another element of the cannabis plant family is marijuana. Marijuana plants have a higher concentration of THC, which is the substance that causes intoxication. In some cases, cannabis plants can contain up to 30% THC, which increases their psychoactive effects. Medical marijuana is legal in some states in the US. However, there are several restrictions in most states, which are monitored by The Controlled Substances Act.
One of the main issues with marijuana is that different cannabis plants can be mixed together to make more potent strains. Each strain has different effects and varying THC content, which increases the toxicity of the substance. To be clear, none of these high-THC plants are involved with The Violetta Company’s CBD products at any stage of production.
Now that you have an idea of what hemp and marijuana are, take a look at some of the other differences between them to learn more.
The stereotypical cannabis cultivation method we see and hear about in mainstream society involves carefully controlled techniques. Heat lamps, vast spaces and humidity control are all factors in growing marijuana. However, hemp is very different.
Hemp is grown in much the same way as other plants. It is cultivated to grow naturally and the plants can be placed close together. It is also hardy enough to withstand a range of environmental conditions.
Hemp also grows very quickly and is a sustainable crop that doesn’t impact the area around it significantly; it doesn’t require harsh chemicals or fertilizers to help it grow either. It is commonly used for a wide range of things such as clothing too.
Again, many people are familiar with the typical uses of marijuana, such as intoxication and pain relief. However, hemp has a range of applications outside of its stereotypical appearance. This plant has been used for a variety of things such as rope, clothing, bio-concrete, and bioplastics. Plus, hemp is used in wellness and food supplements, with the oil often referred to as CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant. The other famous compound mixture (mentioned above) is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and this is separate and distinct from CBD. The CBD industry is growing in the US and it has been suggested that this compound in food supplements and wellness products may help alleviate and regulate different body functions such as sleep, pain, and immune responses. Further research needs to be performed in these areas, so the FDA does not allow CBD companies to make any definitive health claims at this time pending further clinical trials. CBD is said to affect our endocannabinoid system, which is the part of our body that controls cell signalling. The Violetta Company does not endorse any statements that CBD can cure or treat any physical or psychological conditions and the FDA has not approved the use of CBD or its derivatives to cure any health conditions.
Hemp-derived CBD is an industrial harvested compound that contains less than 0.3% THC, which is federally legalized. This type of CBD is mostly accepted in many states. However, there are a few restrictions.
Breaking the Stigma
Fortunately, as the industry grows, the conversation surrounding CBD and its origins are starting to be understood on a broader scale. It can be easy to confuse hemp and marijuana, as of course, they look similar. However, in terms of the effects it has on you, they are vastly different. Therefore, it is beneficial to learn about each of these and how CBD could help you.
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