Hemp vs Marijuana
Hemp vs Marijuana
“The core agricultural differences between Hemp and Marijuana are largely in their genetic parentage and cultivation environment,” explains Dan Sutton of Tantulus Labs, a Canadian company that specializes in cannabis cultivation technology. A cannabis plant contains cannabinoids, and so far there have been over 80 cannabinoids that research has discovered.
Prohibition in the fall of 1937. This has caused the public to suffer from a lack of education about Hemp and marijuana. Which has led to many different rumors about how is hemp different from cannabis. We have heard anything and everything from “cannabis is the female plant and Hemp is the male plant” to “Cannabis is an indica and Hemp is a sativa”. We have even heard responses as simple as marijuana is a drug and hemp is not. None of these answers actually tell us what hemp and marijuana is and how they are different from each other.
There are three different species of marijuana. Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis with ruderalis being the less common of the three species. In recent years the ruderalis (known as the Auto flower) has become much more sought after by growers. Due to it’s short flowering time and smaller space requirements than it’s counter partners. Hemp can not be Categorized the same way but must be looked at by the individual strain. What characteristics it possesses. Things such as, small or large seeds, Low or high oil content, different oil composition, and different fiber contents. There are many varieties grown for their fiber content some in which can contain up to 25% or more bast fibers.
Industrial Hemp, unlike marijuana contains low trace amounts (Less than .3%) of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol also known as “THC” is the cannabinoid that gives marijuana it’s psychoactive properties. The reason for this low THC content in hemp, is that the majority of the THC gets produced in the tricomes. These tricomes form in the resin glands of the female marijuana plant. Hemp is not grown and cultivated to produce flowers or buds. So it does not contain the primary element that creates these tricomes. With that said, hemp does contain a much higher concentration of the compound known as CBD. Which is the compound molecule that possesses such great medical benefits.
Hemp vs Marijuana, While marijuana does have other uses then just it’s psychoactive properties. It does not come close in comparison to the amount of uses hemp has. Industrial hemp contains more then 50,000 useful benefits. Among some of these are it’s ability to make paper and cardboard products. Hemp is also useful in making food products, clothing, textile’s, plastics, biodegradable fuel’s. But the most important of these is its uses in the medical field. Hemp has amazing benefits when used in medical treatments. It is not so much the hemp itself but more a single molecule extracted from the hemp plant.
Over the years there has been many studies done about the uses of Hemp vs marijuana. Does it have a place in modern medicine ? The answer is simple yes it does. According to the “60 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Medical Marijuana”. They received positive results when testing the effects of medical marijuana against several illnesses. These illnesses included ASL, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s Disease, IBD/Crohn’s, Multiple Sclerosis. They received such positive results they continued on to run studies with other patient’s. That were suffering from things Like Nausea, Pain, Parkinson’s Disease, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Rheumatoid arthritis. This is just from one study there has been hundreds of other studies done all with positive results.