Hemp vs. Cannabis – What’s the Difference?

2 July 2021 – Posted in: Cannabis and the Body, Cannabis Education, CBD, THC, The Science of Cannabis

Despite a large amount of information available online, fueled by ongoing research and updated reports on the matter, there is still a huge information gap about hemp and cannabis in the consumer market.

To start with, cannabis and hemp are both derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp or industrial hemp is a term used to refer to cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. It often comes in the form of CBD or cannabidiol products.

Hemp plants do not cause euphoria. Instead, they possess medicinal properties and have very low levels of THC. Cannabis, on the other hand, has high levels of THC and is suitable for recreational purposes, although the benefits of its medicinal use have been increasingly supported by research.

It is safe to say that the fundamental difference between hemp and cannabis is the THC or tetrahydrocannabinol content found in each.

What is hemp?

Hemp is one of the most flexible plants in the world. The plant’s stem is used to produce textiles and biofuel. It is also used in the manufacture of products such as serums and edible oils, hemp seeds are a popular ingredient. CBD skincare also relies largely on hemp extracts as a key part of its products.

Benefits of hemp

Due to its versatility, hemp can be used for a myriad of purposes, via both external and internal administration.

As a moisturizer
Hemp extract can be used in serums and creams to treat dry and dull skin as it possesses hydration properties that also offer your skin a youthful and glowing lift. Due to its consistency, it gets absorbed into the skin quite easily and softens any uneven texture.

As a remedy against free radical damage
Free radical damage causes your skin to lose its elasticity and show signs of aging. Hemp products can boost the production of collagen in your body and help you get rid of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.

As a treatment for acne
Hemp is a potent natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It can help prevent and treat irritating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and redness.

What is Cannabis?

Since the rise in the demand for cannabis, the words ‘marijuana’ and ‘cannabis’ have been used interchangeably in the CBD industry, which has led to a lot of confusion among consumers.

A simple way to differentiate between the two is that cannabis is a blanket term for the entire genus of flowering plants. This includes hemp as well as marijuana.

Cannabis may also be called marijuana when referring to products that contain more than 0.3% THC. So, if you are specifically looking for a cannabinoid product that can help alleviate pain or reduce anxiety, make sure that you have the right type of extract. Hemp is also classified as a Schedule I drug by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Benefits of Cannabis

The primary use of Cannabis:

● Cannabis is for recreational purposes.

● Research also supports the use of Cannabis to treat anxiety and other disorders like insomnia. Both components of Cannabis, CBD and THC, offer many health benefits, making cannabis useful for treating anxiety.

● CBD has been proven to treat numerous ailments including anxiety, depression, vomiting, seizures, psychosis, inflammatory disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, cancer cells, and tumours

Conclusion

The hemp plant has no critical side effects and the potential to be an alternative for traditional medications. But due to its limited THC content, it does not make for the ideal recreational drug.

Cannabis, on the other hand, works great for pain and inflammation and may be an alternative to treat anxiety and other disorders, but comes with a psychoactive component, which may not
be ideal for everyone.

Since both these drugs are potent in their own ways, ensure that you consult an expert before administering any hemp or cannabis products either topically or orally, and make sure to source your products from a trusted brand to avoid quality issues.

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