The Last Article You’ll Ever Have To Read About The Difference Between Cannabis, Marijuana and Hemp

One of the most frequent questions we get asked is: "What’s the difference between cannabis, marijuana and hemp, I'm confused?"

We've read many articles on the internet that try to be simple but make it pretty complicated with wordy lingo and scientific terms, so I see why people don’t understand.

We're going make it real short and clear for us using a simple dog analogy.  

Marijuana and hemp are two versions of the cannabis plant species. They are both cannabis. The same way a Labrador and a Chihuahua are two versions of the dog species. They are both dogs.

Even though they are the same species, marijuana and hemp as well as Labradors and Chihuahuas are pretty different from one another.

For example, a Labrador is a large dog, a Chihuahua is a small dog. A Labrador usually has loads of energy and needs more outdoor activity while a Chihuahua generally needs less exercise and may be better suited to spending more time lounging at home. You get the point.

The same goes for marijuana and hemp – both are different, even though they are both cannabis. The main difference between marijuana and hemp as it relates to medical and recreational use is: marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD while hemp is exactly the opposite, high in CBD and low in THC. Check this diagram below:

graph showing difference between cannabis, hemp and marijuana

THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis, and the main element that separates legal cannabis from illegal cannabis in most states. Cannabis with 0.3% THC or less is legal in all 50 states. The reason marijuana gets the bad rap is because it has THC levels well above 0.3%, it’s the nature of the plant, the same way it’s the Labrador’s nature to fetch tennis balls. Hemp, on the other hand, rarely has THC levels above 0.3%, so it’s in the clear.

Marijuana and Hemp have other differences too – marijuana has broad leaves, dense buds and a short, bushy appearance while hemp has skinny leaves that are concentrated towards the top of the plant and grows taller and skinnier. Marijuana is used solely for recreational/medicinal use, while hemp has varied uses such as CBD, clothing, jewelry, fuel, building material, food and more.  Both are amazing plants with unique characteristics and purposes and (as you now know) are both cannabis. 




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