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What’s the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are often confused for one another. While these two plants do belong to the same family, they are distinctively unique in appearance, application, cultivation, and legality. Understanding the differences between these two plants can help you make better-informed decisions regarding your cannabinoid therapy regimen. While some individuals benefit from hemp-derived CBD, others may find better therapeutic value from marijuana-derived CBD. Let’s take a closer look at these two plants.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

Hemp is often taller and skinnier in appearance when compared to marijuana. Marijuana naturally grows bushier and shorter. Hemp has up to 25,000 different applications and is the only plant on the planet capable of providing such a diverse range of applications. Marijuana only has two applications: recreational and medical use. When it comes to cultivation, hemp is considered a relatively low-maintenance crop that can thrive in many different environments. Hemp requires significantly less water than other crops and is a highly sustainable plant. Marijuana cultivation is a lot trickier– this fickle plant requires specific growing conditions, that’s why indoor grows are a lot more popular for marijuana. The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp a federally legal commodity that can be sold and transported in all 50 states. Marijuana is only legal in states with existing medical and/or recreational laws.

Hemp-Derived CBD vs. Marijuana-Derived CBD

While hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD both have the same molecular structures and potential therapeutic value, each has its own benefit. Hemp-derived CBD offers the benefit of no mind-altering effects. It also is legal in all 50 states, offering better access to many. Marijuana-derived CBD is psychoactive due to the higher THC content but may be more beneficial for certain conditions. THC may offer better medicinal benefits for conditions with chronic pain, nausea, and more. It’s always important to practice self-experimentation when you’re crafting the right cannabinoid therapy regimen for you.

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