When you talk about the cannabis plant, you are given two images, that of the burning joint and white smoke from a bong. It’s not usual for you to associate plant-based plastics with this term, not even military fabric or a high-quality paper. In reality, cannabis has a role to play in creating industrial hemp products and also in recreational and medicinal drug products like pain relief hemp oil. That raises the question of what makes hemp different from marijuana.The Way They Are Cultivated
Hemp and marijuana have different uses, and that is why they are grown in different ways and conditions. Cannabis which is used for medical purposes has been bred selectively for many generations already. The conditions are set to ensure that they grow female flowering plants. They are the ones that produce budding flowers during the flowering stage of their life cycle. Hemp on the other hand are the male cannabis which don’t really produce any flowering bud at any point in their life cycle.
It is quite challenging to grow marijuana with high THC levels. THC is the most popular cannabinoid found in marijuana. THC is also known for the marijuana high that users experience. Marijuana growers are always on their toes trying to strike a balance between humidity, temperature, and stable light as well as its CO2 and oxygen levels. On the other hand, hemp can be grown with minimal care and generally grown outdoors. They can grow in almost any climate.The Amount of THC Present
Marijuana plants are known to have high levels of THC, but hemp only contains a little amount of this psychoactive chemical. This difference is often used as a means to distinguish hemp from marijuana in some countries. Canada for instance considers THC to be 0.3 percent maximum; anything higher than that is considered marijuana. Medical marijuana on the other hand contains 5 to 20 percent of THC. There is another cannabinoid that can be found in marijuana and hemp: CBD. The difference between the two is that hemp has more CBD than THC while marijuana contains more THC than CBD. Research has showed that CBD reduces the high sensation that THC gives. This separates hemp from marijuana.Application or Uses
Hemp and cannabis also vary in their applications. Hemp can be used for automobiles, plastic, food, body care, clothing, and others. It is also used in pet food and bedding, paper, construction material, even human food since it can be an ingredient for some recipes. Hemp is high in essential fatty acids and amino acids. Marijuana is meant for medical and recreational uses. It can be taken orally as treatment for weight loss through appetite boost. The cannabinoids that are found in marijuana also contain codeine which can help in treating pain. Marijuana is also known to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis.Appearance
Marijuana has a contrasting look to that of hemp. Marijuana’s leaves appear to be broad and it has a tight bud. It actually looks like a nugget that has organd hairs. Hemp however has skinnier leaves that have concentrated tops. There are only a few branches and leaves that can be found underneath the top area. Marijuana from afar appears like a short and fat bush while hemp look skinnier and taller at 20 feet max. When you try to observe the marijuana industrial farm from the hemp farm, they are totally different from each other.
Marijuana legalization has shown positive impact in reducing opioid overdose deaths. There are many factors that lead to the current opioid epidemic; it is somehow evident that there are experts who agree that the use of opioid painkillers for treating chronic pain has contributed a lot. It is quite a risk to take powerful drugs that have a high risk for overdose and strong addiction. Marijuana which can work as a good pain reliever is less risky than these drugs. Some studies have shown that states that allow the use of medical marijuana have been found to have fewer deaths from opioid. It may not be the safest claim to say that medical marijuana is the reason for the decline in opioid deaths, but since the effects appear to be stronger that the longer time marijuana stays legal, researchers consider marijuana as a major cause in the decline of deaths caused by opioid.
Hemp on the other hand has several environment-friendly benefits. Years are required for a tree to grow until it is ready for harvesting paper or wood. With hemp, it only takes 120 days for it to be ready for harvesting. Harvesting hemp instead of trees also help prevent erosion which is often brought about by logging. This in turn means less topsoil loss and water pollution caused by the eroded soil. Hemp seeds are also rich in protein which are more nutritious and cost-efficient to produce than soybeans. Hemp and marijuana can be different from each other but they are both beneficial to mankind.