Chances are you already know the difference however, I wanted to talk about it anyway. So let’s start with the basics.
First off, let’s be clear — Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana are not the same thing. Cannibis is a family of plants with two primary classifications — Indica and Sativa. Hemp and Marijuana are species of Cannabis that are both members of the Cannabis Sativa family.
What is Hemp? Hemp is a sub-species of the Cannabis sativa plant that can be molded into many different things: paper, textiles, clothing, plastics that can actually be biodegradable, paint, insulation and can actually be used as an air purifier, biofuel, food (I’ve actually tried the hemp milk and I must say its pretty tasty!), animal feed, and yes a source to derive the much needed CBD component our bodies need. Yes this plant is extremely versatile but really hasn’t quite gotten to spread its wings, poor thing gets a bad rap. I mean let’s face it when your sister with the psycho-active properties gets a bad reputation you kind of get accused of the same, well what the government calls, crime. Hemp has an extremely low concentration of THC, which is the culprit of the psychoactive properties, due to the high concentration of CBD it overpowers the THC in the plant, therefore, it not active nor does it become active in our systems when it is consumed. So why the bad rap? In the 1970s, President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” and signed into law the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This law established a set of banned drugs and created the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It also unintentionally outlawed one of the world’s oldest domesticated crop, hemp. This not only led to the demise of hemp, but also an increased misconception of the plant. In the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana was grouped with all types of cannabis and was made illegal to grow in the US. This, unfortunately, classified hemp as a drug even though it doesn’t include any of the chemicals that make marijuana a drug (Ministry of Hemp, 2018).
Marijuana, the main difference…the chemical make-up, THC, yes the psychoactive component of the plant most marijuana plants contain 15% to 40% THC. Did you know it is actually a defense mechanism of the plant to keep mammals from eating it!? And THC works with CBD as a pain killer, CBD decreases the inflammation and THC works with the CB1 receptors in our bodies to numb the nerves to decrease pain…not so villainous.
So maybe this family of criminals gets a bad wrap, it actually is synergistic to our chemical makeup.
Ministry of Hemp. Hemp vs. Marijuana, 2018. https://ministryofhemp.com/hemp/not-marijuana/