The debate rages on – is hemp the same as cannabis? We take a look at the two plants and their similarities and differences.
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The Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis
Hemp and cannabis are both members of the Cannabaceae family, but they have some key differences. Both hemp and cannabis contain cannabidiol (CBD), a compound that has been shown to have some health benefits, but there are also cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), that provide psychoactive effects. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC while cannabis can contain up to 30% THC.
Hemp is a variety of cannabis that is often used for industrial purposes due to its low THC content. Hemp can be used to make products such as paper, clothing, biodegradable plastics, fuel, and even food. Cannabis, on the other hand, is mostly used for recreational or medical purposes. It should be noted that hemp is also used for medical purposes in some countries.
The main difference between hemp and cannabis is their purpose. Hemp is mainly used for industrial purposes while cannabis is mainly used for recreational or medicinal purposes.
The History of Hemp and Cannabis
Hemp and cannabis have been used for centuries for their fiber, oil, and medicinal properties. The plants are different in appearance, but they are similar in many other ways.
The word cannabis is derived from the Latin word for hemp, Cannabis sativa. Hemp has been grown for its fiber since ancient times. The Chinese were among the first to use hemp for making paper and fabric.
Cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It was not until the early 1900s that it was banned in many countries. In the United States, cannabis was legal until 1937 when it was made illegal under the Marijuana Tax Act.
Despite its long history of use, cannabis was largely unknown in the West until the early 1800s. In 1839, Irish physician William Brooke O’Shaughnessy published a report on the medical benefits of cannabis after observing its effects in India. This report sparked interest in using cannabis for medicinal purposes in Western medicine.
Cannabis was introduced to Eastern Europe in the 1800s by Polish and Russian soldiers who had observed its use in India. It quickly became popular as a treatment for pain, fatigue, and hunger. By the early 1900s, cannabis was being used medicinally in most of Europe and North America.
The Uses of Hemp and Cannabis
Hemp and cannabis are two popular names for the cannabis plant. The word hemp is used for cannabis plants that contain 0.3% or less of THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabis plants with more than 0.3% THC are commonly referred to as marijuana.
Hemp has a long history of use as a rope- and fabric-making material, as well as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. The fiber length of industrial hemp is much longer than that of marijuana, making it a better choice for fabric and rope production.
Cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries, with recent discoveries indicating that its components may help treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, inflammation, anxiety, and seizure disorders. Marijuana is now legal for medicinal use in 33 states and Washington, D.C., while 10 states have legalized its recreational use.
While hemp and cannabis are both members of the cannabis plant family, they have different purposes and uses. Hemp is primarily grown for its industrial uses, while cannabis is grown for its psychoactive properties.
The Benefits of Hemp and Cannabis
Hemp and cannabis are two different types of plants from the Cannabis sativa species. Hemp is bred to have low THC levels, while cannabis is bred to have high THC levels. Hemp plants contain no more than 0.3% THC, while cannabis plants can contain up to 30% THC.
The benefits of hemp include:
-Hemp seeds are a good source of protein and essential fatty acids
-Hemp plants can be used to make eco-friendly paper, clothing, and construction materials
-Hemp oil can be used for cooking and as a base for beauty products
-Hemp plants absorb pollutants from the soil, which can help clean up contaminated sites
The benefits of cannabis include:
-Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of medical conditions, including pain, inflammation, anxiety, and seizures
-Cannabis can be used to make a variety of products, including edibles, topicals, tinctures, and oils
-Cannabis cultivation can improve the quality of the soil by adding nutrients and increasing water retention
The Side Effects of Hemp and Cannabis
Cannabis and hemp are two words that are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different things. Both hemp and cannabis are plants in the cannabaceae family, but they have different uses and effects.
Hemp is a type of cannabis that contains 0.3% or less of THC, the psychoactive compound that gets you high. Hemp can be used to make clothing, paper, fuel, and other products.
Cannabis refers to the flowering tops, leaves, and stems of the plant that contain higher levels of THC. Cannabis is used for recreational and medicinal purposes. The side effects of smoking cannabis include dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, dizziness, and impaired memory and coordination. Cannabis can also be used to make CBD oil, which has a variety of health benefits with minimal side effects.