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Hemp vs Marijuana

Hemp planted in white tea pot on books

Difference between Hemp & Marijuana

Hemp planted in white tea pot on books

Marijuana and Hemp are born of the same Cannabaceae family.

Three of the central family are Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis ruderalis and Cannabis Indica, a plant indigenous to East Asia now grown over the world.

Hemp is the general term for the Industrial variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant; this variety is the non-psychoactive strain with less than 3% of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

Hemp is not used as a recreation drug in that you cannot get a ‘high.’ It is a product with multi-uses

Hemp is used to manufacture various products; paper, cloth and rope are the oldest uses.  Hundreds of years ago, bibles and maps were made of Hemp paper.

We still use hemp to make bags and clothing,  See our article of the History of Hemp for more details

Sailing boat with hemp rope
Decorative banner made of Hemp Leaf

Industrial Hemp used for insulation, for bio-fuels, in car manufacturing, rope and carpet production.

There is a new building product called HempCrete; it’s a thing! Building blocks are created using mixtures of Hemp, Lime and Hurds

Foods, you can make milk from Hemp seeds, cold-pressed oils for cooking, Herbal remedies, tea’s, oil tinctures, skin creams and lip balms

Different therapeutic benefits

Marijuana or Cannabis is usually the terms used for the variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that contains more than 0.3% THC and is psychoactive. 

This plant harvested for Cannabis products, for medicinal and recreational products

Marijuana, is psychoactive and will illicit a head high and may stimulate the body. CBD will also still be present in Marijuana.

Marijuana is presently classed as illegal drug in the UK, Hemp is indeed Legal to consume in the UK

One is Legal the other is not

The plants look slightly different when they grow.

Legal – Hemp has a thicker stalk, with slimmer leaves and much fewer branches.

Illegal – Cannabis is often shorter, with slender stems with a denser growth of leaves and buds