If it looks like bud… and smells like bud…
Let’s roll out a massive question about hemp – Is it marijuana? The quick and dirty is that hemp is not marijuana, but they are both members of the cannabis family! Within this family, hemp and marijuana are less like twins and more like cousins as they are, “Different varieties of the Cannabis sativa species,” according to Annie Rouse.
The main components to consider when comparing the two is CBD and THC. Marijuana is the psychoactive cannabis plant that has high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the psychological effects users feel when they feel a “high” sensation. Hemp, on the other hand, is federally legal and must have less than 0.3% THC, meaning that users reap all the health benefits of the cannabis plant without many psychoactive effects. Cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids, in hemp are found in high concentrations and seen in lower levels in marijuana.
The easiest way to differentiate between the two is
- Hemp = Higher CBD, Lower THC
- Marijuana = Lower CBD, Higher THC
Cannabinoids are the compounds in hemp that are known to have healing and therapeutic effects. The cannabinoid CBD in hemp is hugely popular as it is used to treat an array of conditions that Dr Matthew Ruiz mentions in the Power Plant Podcast such as anxiety, chronic pain, cancer, PTSD, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s diabetes, cardiovascular disease, antibiotic-resistant infections, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, and more.
CBD is a hot topic right now for its plethora of benefits, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The National Hemp Association states there could be over 100 cannabinoids that are solely found in this plant and, “Have the unique ability to interact with the human body’s natural cannabinoid receptors.” These other cannabinoids include cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabigerol (CBG).
As previously mentioned, CBD is federally legal. But, reputable hemp companies and growers, like Appalachian Standard (my family), should also get third party tests performed on the hemp ladies to ensure the plant is below the legal limit of 0.3% Delta 9 THC (See a list of our lab reports here).
I hope this introduction to hemp helped deepen your understanding of this magical plant. Knowledge is power, and Appalachian Standard and I are excited to continue to educate the community and not demonize a truly remarkable plant.
‘Til next time hemp hustlas!
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