Hemp vs. Marijuana...What's the difference?

by Pat Moulton


Many people think marijuana and hemp are the same plant, and while this has some truth to it, its not entirely right. Lets explore the key traits that make these two plants so different and settle this debate once and for all! 

First, lets get some background on the plants. Hemp & marijuana are both in the same family, Cannabaceae , and even the same genus, Cannabis. Since both hemp & marijuana are cannabis plants they have nearly indistinguishable traits. The difference in these two plants come down to their size and potency.

Hemp grows fast, tall, and lanky, as well as produces flowers that are high in CBD and low in THC. Due to hemp's speedy growth and robust stalk, it has many industrial applications and is often spun into fibers which can be used to make various household items such as cloth, paper, and even plastics! With some varieties of hemp producing flower with upwards of 20% CBD by volume, hemp is the key ingredient in making CBD oil, CBD isolates, and other CBD products. With the recent passage of the 2018 Agricultural Act, hemp is now 100% legal in all 50 states!

Marijuana, on the other hand, is a purely medicinal plant. Growing shorter and boasting extremely high THC levels and low CBD levels, its the plant that will produce a psychoactive effect when smoked or ingested. Marijuana is not legal in all 50 states and is still classified as a Schedule I substance according to the DEA.

Now that you're informed, you too can educate others and try to erase the negative stigma that surrounds hemp and marijuana!