Yo, what’s good? My name is Dan, and I’m here to talk about the difference between hemp and marijuana. You may think that marijuana is the only one in the spotlight right now, but both of them have been around for centuries. In fact, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson used to grow hemp on their lands.
Now, let’s clear up some confusion. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis sativa. However, they have different uses. Marijuana is used for medical or recreational purposes, while hemp is used to make fabric, rope, paper, cosmetics, and even compostable plastic. Back in the day, hemp was so valuable that it was a subsidized crop during World War II.
The main difference between the two is the amount of THC they contain. THC is the cannabinoid that causes psychoactive effects and gets you high. Marijuana has a high concentration of THC, while hemp has little to no THC. That’s why industrial hemp is legally required to be low in THC, typically less than 0.3 percent.
But don’t get it twisted – just because hemp doesn’t have THC doesn’t mean it’s not valuable. Hemp still contains other cannabinoids like CBD and CBG, which have therapeutic benefits. In fact, CBD from hemp has been used to treat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, and insomnia.
Hemp is also a valuable resource for making eco-friendly products like hemp plastic. Hemp plastic is made from plants and is therefore compostable, unlike traditional petroleum-based plastic which can take hundreds or thousands of years to biodegrade. This makes it easier on the planet and especially on water quality since it doesn’t pile up in oceans or leech chemicals into our drinking water.
Despite its value, hemp production is still heavily regulated in many places. Farmers who grow cannabis for industrial hemp must receive a permit to do so. There’s an activist movement pushing for more hemp farming due to its potential benefits for human health and the environment.
So next time someone tries to tell you that hemp and marijuana are the same thing, you can school them on the differences. Both have their uses and value – it just depends on what you’re looking for. Peace out!