What’s the Difference Between Cannabis and Hemp?

Article by Lin Shen, Cannabis Life Network

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARIJUANA AND HEMP? LIN SHENMAY 13, 2021 CANNABIS 101EDUCATIONFEATURED1 COMMENT403 VIEWS You’ve probably seen products that contain hemp being sold in regular stores but never products containing marijuana. So what is the difference between hemp and marijuana? The Cannabis Plant

You’ve probably seen products that contain hemp being sold in regular stores but never products containing marijuana. So what is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

The Cannabis Plant

Hemp and marijuana are closely related– they come from the same cannabis sativa plant genus. However, there are major differences between these siblings that you should know when navigating the cannabis market.

Before all the cannabis stigma and restriction arose in the early 1900’s, cannabis was used for a variety of products such as clothes, paper, rope, herbal medicine, and as a recreational drug.

Humans have been selectively breeding cannabis plants for thousands of years. Marijuana is cannabis that has been bred for their medicinal and psychoactive potential. Hemp, on the other hand, is a cannabis plant bred for their fibre and seeds to be used in industrial productions.

Key differences between marijuana and hemp

THC Content

Cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC is classified as hemp, and cannabis with more than a 0.3% (usually 5%-40%) THC content is classified as marijuana. THC is the psychoactive compound that alters your perceptions; the more THC you consume, the more “high” you get.

Hemp’s THC content is too low to cause a change; however, consuming enough marijuana with much higher THC content is what will get you high.

This leads us to their next distinction…


All cannabis products, including hemp, had been illegal since 1970 under the Controlled Substance Act. It wasn’t until the Farm Bill in 2014 and the Agricultural Improvement Bill in 2018 that hemp and hemp-products can now be legally grown and sold in most countries around the world.

Marijuana is currently still classified as a Schedule I illegal substance in most states in the U.S. and the majority of the world. However, many states and countries are shifting their attitudes and starting to legalize medicinal marijuana. Luckily, both medicinal and recreational cannabis is legal in Canada so we can blaze carefree in the streets.

Difference between Marijuana and Hemp Usage

Marijuana is mainly used for either medicinal or recreational purposes due to its high levels of THC and CBD. These compounds can help:

  • Relieve pain
  • Anxiety
  • Inflammation
  • Loss of Appetite
  • And a Variety of Other Symptoms

Recreational usage of marijuana is also popular since THC’s psychoactive properties can alter your consciousness, making you feel “high”.

Hemp has been used for industrial purposes for thousands of years. It contains high levels of fibre, protein, and oil that can be used in:

  • Textile Industry
  • Food Industry
  • Skin Care Companies
  • And Fuel Industries

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