What Is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
Since both are varieties of Cannabis sativa, the leaves’ structure is the same. Historically, marijuana has had a negative connotation. In fact, many consider marijuana as a racist term. This expression is tied to an anti-Mexican sentiment. During the 1930s, cannabis was negatively linked to Mexican immigrants. This association was one of the reasons that later led to total prohibition.
THC Level: The Main Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis
The key distinction is that hemp contains much less THC content than cannabis. By definition, hemp plants contain no more than 0.3% THC, compared to the 5-20% THC found in cannabis. Although THC is known for recreational use, it can also have therapeutic purposes. Hemp can also hold more cannabidiol (CBD).
The Legality of Hemp vs. Marijuana
Authorities were slow to see the difference between hemp and cannabis. Many countries around the world still criminalize hemp production. From 1970 to 2018, the U.S. federal law classified all types of cannabis as a controlled substance. However, states pushed more and more for a legal distinction between varieties. Now, farmers can grow hemp for many purposes, as it is federally legal. Cannabis for recreation, however, is only allowed in a few states.
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