What is the Difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

What is the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana?

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
The differences between hemp and marijuana are vast.

Or, more commonly asked…What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Ever since hemp production threatened other industries, the question has been posed, “What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?”  Now that scientists are learning about all the benefits of cannabinoids, this question is even more relevant.  That’s because now lawmakers are asking, “What’s the difference between CBD and THC?

Hemp and Marijuana are both Cannabis Sativa L

The confusion between the differences between hemp and marijuana stem from the fact that they are both the same genus in the world of flowering plants.  However, hemp and marijuana are two different species altogether.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana as far as the compounds found inside?

This is the ultimate debate in legality right now.  Hemp contains cannabinoids, otherwise known as CBD.  CBD is non-psychoactive.  THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive property in marijuana, and it accounts for at least 10-20% of the compounds in marijuana (sometimes more).  On the other hand, industrial hemp contains only around 0.3% THC.  That being so, this is nowhere near enough to produce the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana.

Furthermore, scientists are discovering that our bodies are designed to ingest CBD to maximize hundreds of vital physiological and psychological processes.  Some people even develop severe conditions from not having consumed CBD.  Such as it is, CBD would have stimulated the activity required to prevent certain conditions like fibromyalgia and a wide variety of digestive issues and neurological conditions.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana when it comes to durability?

Hemp received the term ‘Industrial Hemp’ for a reason.  Its fibers are much longer and stronger than those of marijuana.  Furthermore, the fibers are more durable.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana in the way farmers grow and cultivate them?

Farmers grow hemp for its stalk primarily, so they grow it to be much higher than marijuana plants.  Since farmers grow marijuana for its buds, they generally clip the stalks to branch it out.  A marijuana plant typically doesn’t exceed five to six feet (on average).  Conversely, a hemp plant may reach a height of ten to fifteen feet.

Aside from that, farmers are able to grow hemp in a wider range of agricultural landscapes.  Marijuana requires very specific conditions to maximize the production of buds.  Hemp, on the other hand, requires very little and can grow in both humid and arid regions.

Finally, hemp farming does not require any pesticides or dangerous chemicals.  That’s not the case with marijuana and a wide variety of other industrial crops.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana when it comes to its usage potential?

Since hemp is much stronger and more durable than marijuana, manufacturers can use it to make a wide variety of goods.  Professionals use hemp to make rope, manufacture paper, create body care products, and even hempcrete for building structures.  Furthermore, hemp seed oil is used in a wide variety of foods.  Hemp seed oil is rich in a wide variety of antioxidants, essential oils, minerals, and vitamins. As a matter of fact, hemp seed oil outperforms everything in its class (chia seeds, flax seeds, etc) when it comes to nutritional value.

Aside from all that, hemp seed oil could be used to make extremely clean burning bio fuel.  Furthermore one acre of hemp produces four times as much fiber as an acre of pine trees.  Considering a farmer can grow a crop of hemp in a matter of months and it takes years to grow an acre of pine trees, it’s easy to see how hemp farming can have a positive ecological impact.

So…Why is industrial hemp farming illegal?

The reality is: There are a vast amount of differences between industrial hemp and marijuana.  So, the question that started, “What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?” becomes, “Why is hemp farming illegal?”


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