No, no, no. Hemp is totally different than marijuana; from its function, cultivation and even application. There is so much confusion and lack of education. Most people do not know the difference between the two and lump them together naively in the same category. Because of this, in 1970 our leaders grouped all cannabis together and labeled it as a schedule 1 drug and banned it under the Controlled Substances Act. 48 years later the government is still having a hard time distinguishing the two. Hence the controversy you’ve probably seen all over the news more recently. Marijuana is commonly known for its medicinal and recreational purposes – better said, it gets you ‘high’. Hemp on the other hand has numerous uses – paper, clothing, skin products, dietary supplements – does not get you ‘high’. Hemp is known to have over 25,000 possible applications – none of which get you ‘high’.
There’s even a significant difference in the way the two plants are grown. Marijuana needs to be grown in a carefully controlled atmosphere. The conditions need to be just right in order to produce a plant that has higher levels of THC. Hemp on the other hand requires minimal care and is adaptable to grow in just about any climate. Hemp also always contains less than .3% THC.
Hemp and Marijuana look visibly different. Marijuana leaves tend to be thicker, have a tighter bud formation and overall a stockier and shorter plant. While hemp has thin leaves and the plant itself tends to be tall and skinny.
The biggest difference between marijuana and hemp is their chemical makeup. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is responsible for the psychological effects, in otherwise THC is responsible for the ‘high’ feelings that users experience. The average batch of THC contains anywhere from 5%-20% THC. Recently with enhanced genetics and growing techniques, some strains of THC have been testing as high ass 25%-30%.
Hemp is totally different, with a max THC level of .3% – which is why you don’t feel ‘high’ when you consume it. Hemp also acts against THC – it counteracts the effects THC has on the body. So essentially, what little THC is left, is useless because of CBD.
Marijuana and Hemp are grown very differently. Hemp is very hardy and can grow in a variety of climates. Hemp is grown close together and requires minimal care. Marijuana on the other hand needs to be in a carefully controlled environment. It needs to be in a warm and humid climate in order to properly grow. It has a much shorter growth period which is only 60-90 days. Marijuana also needs to be spaced out more than hemp. You would not want to grow hemp near marijuana; if the pollen from the hemp plants were to contaminate the marijuana crop, the entire crop would be affected. It would greatly lower the THC content, which would lower the psycho activity of the plant.