Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis

Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis

What does marijuana plant look like? Is it the same as hemp? Does marijuana bring the same high as hemp? Can it be used medically? Here are the questions you have probably asked yourself in order to figure out what things make hemp and marijuana different. Keep reading to finally find out.

Can hemp get you high?

Remember that hemp is not a recreational drug. The reason for that is the low level of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in its contentjust 0.5 percent. The marijuana plants that you are used to smokeing to feel euphoric usually contain 15 percent of THC. A big difference, right? However, hemp produces another cannabinoid, known as CBD, the non-psychoactive component of the plant, which blocks that feeling of high that is usually associated with cannabis. Moreover, CBD works as a great treatment for different diseases. A study conducted at the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that CBD helps patients with arthritis, cancer, and glaucoma.

Industrial uses

Aside from medical use, hemp is widely used to produce different products, from building materials and car parts to ballistic materials and petroleum cleaning products. Hemp grows up to 16 feet and grows really quickly. According to the LA Times, in 2013, Canadian companies made more than $200 per acre of hemp. Let us remind you that hemp was legalized in Canada in 1998.


Hemp is restricted all around the Unites States. Nevertheless, many economists predict an economic boost in case hemp is legalized. Aside from the possible benefits for the economy, the legalization of hemp industry would provide the society with a new sustainable material for plastics and paper. Let us all agree that would have a significant effect on the environment.

History of hemp

The earliest evidence of hemp cultivation comes from 10,000 BC from China, where this plant was used for clothing, paper, and bowstrings. By the second century AD, the Chinese physicians were using the plant as an anesthetic, and that is really impressive. By the 16th century, the Europeans started to use hemp for food and textiles. In America, the restriction on hemp began in 1937 and finished in 1998 after a 60-year ban.

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