Difference between Cannabis and Hemp


What is Hemp?

Hemp has been part of our culture for over 10,000 years. Hemp is a Cannabis plant grown for its
seeds, hemp fiber, and stem. The seeds are used in the production of food, nutritional
supplements, medicines, and cosmetics. The stem and hemp fiber is used in the production of
paper, fabrics, ropes, plastic compounds, and construction materials. The cannabis plant grows
vigorously, reaching a height of 2 to 4 meters. For a Cannabis plant to be considered hemp, it must contain a maximum of 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient that causes the psychoactive effect. This THC
level is 33 times lower than that found in the less potent marijuana plant. In this context, we discuss the difference between Cannabis and Hemp.

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is a plant often mistakenly referred to as "marijuana". Cannabis or Cannabis is the
genus of some plants, the most famous of which is Cannabis Sativa, from which marijuana and
hashish are produced. Marijuana is Cannabis grown mainly for its psychoactive properties that
cause the high associated with the plant. The stem and hemp fiber are not used, but its flowers,
the part of the plant that has a very high THC level. To maximize the THC level in the marijuana
plant, it is commonly grown indoors so that conditions such as light, temperature, and humidity
can be closely controlled. The varieties of marijuana can have THC concentrations between 10
and 30%.

Differences between hemp and Cannabis

Cannabis; is a term used predominantly about female plants that produce psychoactive flowers
that have generated so much love and hate for centuries. While "hemp" describes almost
exclusively the plant used as a raw material for many products and foods, which does not induce
the psychoactive effect. It is one of the most protein-rich food supplements, second only to soy.
Hemp is also the source of biofuel. Hemp is widely used in skin and hair products, as well as to
make beneficial oils, milk, and pulp from its stems.

Although many cannabis varieties contain psychoactive compounds in concentrations of 10-
30%, these compounds offer beneficial properties, such as sleep reconciliation, appetite
stimulation, and nausea control. Hemp is widely used for its seeds, which offer great nutritional
benefits. In addition to protein, hemp is rich in essential polyunsaturated and saturated fats. It
also features high concentrations of CBD, which offers a number of pain-relieving and anti-
inflammatory effects.  So, Hemp oil is used mainly for the industrial production of fabrics, oils, cellulose, or food
products. While the marijuana plant is used for recreational or medicinal use, increasing its levels
of THC and CBD or cannabidiol: and therefore also increasing its psychoactive effect and
medicinal effects. Both hemp and psychoactive cannabis contain dozens of other cannabinoids and terpenes that
work in synergy to provide a wide variety of therapeutic applications.

Side effects of Hemp and Cannabis

Because of the high level of TCH, it can have negative consequences on memory and cognitive
function in the short and long term, especially if it is consumed during adolescence or youth. It
can also lead to excessive emotions, limited body mobility, difficulty solving problems, and there
is some risk of developing psychiatric disorders.

Hemp: having no psychoactive properties, that,s why it has very few side effects. However, if it
is your first time consuming it, you could feel a little bit lethargic, irritable, or also have some
stomach maladjustments such as nausea or vomiting. It is also not recommended for people
taking blood-thinning medications.