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Cannabis VS Hemp

Cannabis VS Hemp

So what’s the difference between Hemp vs cannabis. The answer is THC.

Let’s clarify the difference.

The plants look the same, and smell the same with enormous benefits however, they are very different.

Both species are born of the same Cannabis family.Three of the central family are

  •   Sativa
  •     Ruderalis
  •     Indica

The plants are indigenous to East Asia and grow over the world.

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what is hemp

Hemp is the general term for the Industrial plant.

It’s non-psychoactive with less than 3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

Hemp cannot give you a ‘head high, therefore, it is not used as a recreational drug ’.

The plant has many industrial uses.

Hemp Industrial Uses

The Hemp plant is used in the manufacturing of many products, for example; paper, cloth and rope.

Bibles and maps used to be made of Hemp paper. Until the 1820s 80% of all textiles, fabrics, linen, clothes, bedsheets and curtains were made from hemp. 

Today, we use hemp to make products; for example; bags, clothing and car manufacturing.

Why not take a look at our article on the many uses of the hemp plant?.

Rope

Hempcrete building blocks

It’s a thing! HempCrete is a Plant-based sustainable building block. To create new homes and outbuildings. 

The Hempcrete building blocks are created using mixtures of Hemp, Lime and Hurds. 

Hemp has natural thermal mass and creates natural insulation consequently it’s ideal to build your home. 

It is not brittle like concrete making it an ideal building block.

Versatile Hemp

In the 1500s The British Navy Fleet heavily relied upon Hemp. 

Hemp is naturally resistant to rotting from saltwater and is therefore perfect for fleets’ sails and rope. 

Today, Hemp is used for home insulation, biofuels, car manufacturing, rope and carpet production.

sailing boat

Hemp food and drink

Milk made from hemp seed is the perfect alternative to dairy milk.  As well as being perfect for making cold-pressed cooking oils. Perfect for sprinkling seeds on your salads or breakfast. An ideal source of amino acids.

Cannabis is the term used for the variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that contains more than 0.3% THC and is psychoactive.  

The plant is harvested for Cannabis products, medicinal and recreational products

various therapeutic benefits

Hemp is a wonderful herbal remedy with many uses.  Take CBD Oil to aid your endocannabinoid system.  CBD is used to make a huge range of Skincare products.

one is legal the other is not

Cannabis is the usual term for the variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that contains more than 0.3% THC. 

This plant is psychoactive.  Cannabis is harvested for medicinal as well as recreational products. 

As it’s psychoactive it will illicit a ‘head high’ and may stimulate the body. 

CBD is present in Cannabis.  Hemp is legal to consume in the UK however, Cannabis remains illegal, without a prescription.

visually different

The grown plants look slightly different.

Legal – Hemp has a thicker stalk, with slimmer leaves and much fewer branches and can grow to 20 feet high.

Illegal – Cannabis is often shorter, with slender stems with a dense growth of leaves and buds. Usually, This plant will grow up to 6ft

CBD comes from the Hemp plant, and medical cannabis comes from the Cannabis plant.

Marijuana

Marijuana was a marketing term created by the CIA in the 1950s, Harry Anslinger coined the term to demonise the plant.

As the term marijuana has racist connotations, The industry prefers to use the term cannabis for recreational plants.

hemp flowers in jars

medicinal properties

In addition to being a recreational plant, it has many medicinal qualities.  Cannabis Oil provides pain relief, Whilst CBD Oil offers anti-inflammatory properties. 

In addition; Cannabis can assist with some cancers. It promotes cell death and restricts the blood flow to the tumour.  We know it is good for easing the side effects of traditional cancer treatments and aiding in palliative care. 

Studies in the UK are now going to look at cannabis as a cancer treatment.

As a result, there is much research to be done.   

its a exciting time

the future of cannabis products is looking bright. Once the stigma disappears we can get on and begin to explore this vital plant.

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