Know the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana Flower

Cannabis: a buzzword that can’t seem to escape media or government attention. As the legalization of cannabis continues to spread across the globe and more herbal-related products come to market, the line between hemp and marijuana has begun to blur. 

While hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, their chemical composition and uses often differ. Let’s explore the differences between hemp and marijuana flower and why it matters in a world where cannabis is becoming mainstream. 

What Is Hemp?

Hemp is a cannabis plant with extremely low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound that produces the “high” associated with cannabis use. In fact, hemp plants typically contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight.

Hemp plants are commonly harvested for their seeds and fibers, which can be used to create a wide range of products, including clothing, paper, and building materials. However, hemp flowers can also be used to extract CBD (cannabidiol) and other cannabinoids, most of which are non-intoxicating compounds that are widely used for pain relief.

Because hemp does not cause psychoactive effects and serves a functional purpose in creating sustainable goods, it is legal across the USA.

What Is Marijuana?

Marijuana, by definition, is cannabis that contains more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Marijuana flowers are harvested for their resinous trichomes, which are rich in THC. Cannabis sativas, indicas, or hybrids may contain varying amounts of THC.

Marijuana is used for recreational and medicinal purposes, and they are typically smoked or vaporized. However, marijuana can also be used to create a wide range of products, including edibles, tinctures, and topicals.

While hemp is legal under federal law, marijuana remains partially and completely illegal in many parts of the world. This means THC cultivation, distribution, and use are heavily regulated and may be subject to criminal penalties. 

For example, you will be legally pursued for transporting THC products across state lines from Colorado (a legal state) to Nebraska (an illegal state). And even though many states have legalized THC for recreational and medicinal uses, it is still prohibited at the federal level.

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