Hemp vs. Marijuana
Both marijuana and hemp are of the same same species, Cannabis Sativa – it comes down to how the plant is grown and utilized to determine which term should be used.
Marijuana is used when describing a Cannabis Sativa plant that is bred for its potent amounts of THC, the cannabinoid most known for its psychoactive properties. Hemp, on the other hand, is used to describe a Cannabis Sativa plant that contains only trace amounts of THC, but has high amounts of CBD. Hemp derived CBD typically bred for industrial uses such as oils and topical ointments, as well as fiber for clothing, construction, and much more.
Only products made from industrial hemp (less than 0.3% THC) are legal to sell, buy, consume, and ship. This single factor (0.3%) is how most people distinguish between what is classified as “hemp” and what is classified as “cannabis.” This limit has led to mass controversy (for good reason), which we will dive into a bit later.