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Hemp vs. Marijuana: The Difference Between The Two Terms

By Harrison Payton

August 26, 2022


Varieties of Cannabis: Hemp And Marijuana

The terms hemp and marijuana are often confused with one another, but there is a big difference between the two. Marijuana and hemp are both technically cannabis plants but differ in their genetics, CBD to THC ratios, and legal status. This blog post will explore the similarities and differences between hemp and marijuana in more detail. We’ll also take a look at how growers use genetics and third-party lab testing to verify the consistency and legality of hemp farmed in Texas.

Confusion About The Terms Hemp And Marijuana And Why They Are Both Technically Cannabis

There is a decent amount of confusion about the terms hemp and marijuana and why they are both technically cannabis. Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica are the two primary types of cannabis plants. Both hemp and marijuana fall into the category of being members of the Cannabis Sativa family, but they are different plants.

Hemp is cannabis that contains 0.3% or less THC, while marijuana is cannabis that has more than 0.3% THC. Industrial hemp can be used to make a variety of products, including paper, clothing, biofuel, and plastics.

Medical marijuana is grown for its flowers, which contain high levels of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound in cannabis that gets you high. In the United States, it is legal to grow hemp, but it is not legal to grow marijuana. This is because the US government classifies all cannabis as a Schedule I drug, which essentially means it has a reasonably high potential for abuse and no formally accepted medical use.

That being said, an ever-increasing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. As a result, there is an active, growing movement to reschedule cannabis under the controlled substances act so that it is classified as a Schedule II or III drug, which would recognize its potential medical uses.

Marijuana is only used for its psychoactive effects. Some people use cannabis for its potential medical purposes.

CBD oil, which is made from cannabis, has been shown to have some health benefits for certain individuals. However, CBD oil does not have any discernable psychoactive effects, so it cannot be used to get high. Only products that contain THC can be used to get high.

An image of a hemp leaf being held.
Since they are both cannabis, hemp and marijuana have remarkably similar appearances.

How And Why High CBD Cannabis Is Referred To As Hemp

High CBD cannabis is often referred to as hemp. This is because hemp is a type of cannabis plant that contains high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. Hemp was historically used to make paper, rope, and clothing. It was also used as a food source and for medicinal purposes.

In the United States, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the growth of hemp plants for commercial purposes. This paved the way for the development of new CBD-based products, such as oils, edibles, and topicals.

Today, hemp is grown in many countries around the world. The seeds of the hemp plant are a valuable source of protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals. Hemp oil is also rich in cannabidiol (CBD), a compound that has numerous potential health benefits.

Related Article: THC Products In Bedford, Texas From Danu Wellness

Marijuana Is Cannabis Known For Its High THC Content

Marijuana is a variety of cannabis plant that is typically grown for its high THC content. THC is the primary psychoactive substance naturally found in marijuana that produces the “high” feeling associated with smoking or ingesting the plant. While THC is perhaps the most well-known compound in marijuana, it is not the only one.

Marijuana plants also contain CBD, or cannabidiol, which has been shown to have some potential medical benefits without the psychoactive effects of THC. In recent years, recreational and medical cannabis laws have been passed in a number of states, allowing people with specific medical conditions to use marijuana for relief.

While marijuana is still not federally legal, these state laws are an important step in expanding access to medical treatment.

An image of hemp plants being grown outdoors on a sunny day.
Similar to marijuana, hemp can be grown indoors or outdoors.

How Texas Growers Use Genetics And Third-party Lab Testing On Hemp To Verify Consistency, Safety, And Legality

Texas growers use genetics and third-party lab testing on hemp to verify the consistency, safety, and legality of their crops. Hemp is a category of cannabis plants that contain high levels of CBD and low levels of THC.

One of our partners in providing high-quality texas-grown hemp, Power Biopharms, uses genetics to create hemp seeds for various purposes. They have the ability to essentially “clone” mother plants, which ensures a regular supply of flower-producing daughter hemp plants. These plants then become ready to harvest at regular intervals every several months.

Hemp farms in Texas must strictly comply with all state regulations. These rules dictate that all hemp crops are third-party tested several times during the plants’ growth cycle, harvest process, and manufacturing procedures. Once they have been thoroughly tested, the results (or COA) are posted on farmers’ websites or available via QR codes directly on products.

As the industry progresses in its ability to manipulate hemp genetics, the potential for providing even more possible benefits is virtually limitless.

For our customers who are living in the state of Texas, you are residing in what’s sometimes known as a “hemp state.” You might be asking, “What does that mean?” Essentially, this means that Texas allows for high CBD cannabis but has restrictions on high THC cannabis plants.

The legality of cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, is constantly evolving as additional research on benefits is released, and public opinion on the subject gradually shifts to a more friendly stance.

While the future of hemp cultivation is not set in stone, Danu provides numerous CBD and THC options that comply with Texas state codes, as well as other states that permit CBD and hemp-derived THC.

Do You Have Questions About Cannabis, CBD, And Their Legality?

Danu Wellness is here to help with any questions you may have about cannabis (either hemp or marijuana) and its legality. Visit our website or contact us today to learn more about the CBD and hemp-derived THC products we offer and how they may potentially benefit you.

Now that you know a little more about the difference between hemp and marijuana, as well as the legalities surrounding each plant, you can make an informed choice about which option is right for you. At Danu Wellness, we proudly offer a variety of high-quality CBD and THC products that are legal in Texas and many other states across the country. Stop into our Bedford, Texas Wellness store or contact us today to learn more!

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