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Whatr is the difference between Marijuana, Cannabis, and Hemp

Cannabis, marijuana, and hemp refer to different aspects of the same plant species but have distinct differences:


  • Cannabis is the overarching genus of the plant family that includes several species and subspecies.
  • It encompasses both marijuana and hemp.
  • Cannabis plants contain various cannabinoids, with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) being the most well-known.


  • Marijuana typically refers to cannabis plants that contain higher levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that produces a "high."
  • It is primarily used for medicinal and recreational purposes.
  • Legality varies widely depending on the region, with some places allowing medical use, recreational use, both, or neither.


  • Hemp refers to cannabis plants that contain very low levels of THC (typically less than 0.3% by dry weight) and are cultivated for industrial purposes.
  • It is used in a variety of products, including textiles, paper, biofuel, building materials (like hempcrete), and food products.
  • Hemp is also a source of CBD, which is used for its potential therapeutic benefits without the psychoactive effects of THC.
  • Hemp is legal in many more places compared to marijuana due to its low THC content and its industrial uses.

Key Differences

  1. THC Content:

    • Marijuana: High THC content (often above 0.3%).
    • Hemp: Low THC content (0.3% or less).
  2. Use:

    • Marijuana: Medicinal and recreational use.
    • Hemp: Industrial and commercial use, including textiles, food, and CBD products.
  3. Legality:

    • Marijuana: Varies by region, often heavily regulated or illegal.
    • Hemp: More widely legal due to its low THC content and industrial uses.
    • The Federal Farm bill allows 0.3% THC in hemp products in all states.
  4. Plant Structure:

    • Marijuana: Generally grown to maximize THC production, often with bushy plants and more flower buds.
    • Hemp: Typically grown for height and fiber production, resulting in taller, skinnier plants.
    • HIGH CBD Marijuana plants are grown just like marijuana, the appearance is the same however they are Low in THC.

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