Marijuana vs. HempMarijuana and industrial hemp can be the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa, genetically and scientifically. However, Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa, or Cannabis ruderalis. Hemp strains do not make large flowers with abundant trichomes and produce almost all CBD as their major cannabinoid. So what is the difference between marijuana vs. hemp?
The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa.
Marijuana, the strain of Cannabis sativa:
- full of flowering buds
- 99% of the time, has a high amount of THC
- only a very low amount of CBD, if any.
- used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally
- Very fibrous
- Long strong stalks
- Barely has any flowering buds
- Naturally has a very high amount of CBD
- Naturally has a low, trace amount of THC
- the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high'
- Used for making medicinal remedies, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and more.
Compared to the genes of the high-THC cannabis that is smoked, hemp genes are quite different.Since the two have always been considered the same species, the illegality of high-THC cannabis has always carried over to hemp. Further research may prove that hemp:
- forms a separate species
- gains recognition as a purely industrial plant
- cultivation doesn’t require the regulatory considerations needed for recreational or medical cannabis cultivation
- shares more genetic relation to indica strains than sativa strains