How is Hemp Different Than Marijuana?  


Many CBD users find it difficult to distinguish between marijuana and hemp. The appearance and smell of hemp flowers and marijuana may be the same. What is the difference between marijuana and hemp? And what does this mean for people who are looking to buy cannabidiol (or hemp products) online?

Cannabis vs. Hemp

While both marijuana and hemp can be used to infuse, smoke, or roll (or sold pre-rolled), their primary differences are the amounts of THC they contain. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC while marijuana contains up to 0.3%. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Because of the differences in THC levels, there are many laws and legal classifications for marijuana and hemp. The bottom line is that marijuana can get you high while CBD and CBG hemp flowers cannot. Don’t let this fool you. Hemp, including CBD and CBG hemp flowers, has many uses and benefits.

Both marijuana and hemp contain CBD. However, CBD is found in CBD lotions and CBD tinctures. CBD prerolls are made from hemp flowers. Hemp has a higher CBD content than marijuana. Most hemp flowers contain 12-18% CBD, while marijuana contains less than 1%.

CBD and Hemp: Hemp and Its Uses

Hemp, along with its many components, such as hemp flowers, hemp seed, and hemp roots, has many uses. It is also easy to grow and harvest. Hemp fibers can be used to make textiles like clothing, ropes, and canvas. It is possible to find hemp-based food at your local grocery store.

The Legality of Marijuana vs. Hemp

Another difference between marijuana and hemp is the law. Hemp and hemp-derived products, such as CBD, that have less than 0.3% THC are legal in all 50 states. However, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

Both marijuana and hemp were made illegal in America after the 1937 Marihuana Act. The 2014 Farm Bill, however, made it possible to grow industrial hemp. It also allowed the differentiation between marijuana and cannabis based on THC levels. Although extracting CBD from hemp flowers was illegal at the time, many authorities disagreed about the details of the law. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized cannabis cultivation and CBD-infused products across all 50 states. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, while state laws regarding medicinal and recreational marijuana are different.

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