Classifying something as a taboo has a major disadvantage. The masses begin to form a hypothesis based on pure conjecture, most of the times which are horribly distant from the truth.
Ever since the marijuana was classified as a prohibited substance, confusions about its true nature have been circulating in the public’s mind. Far-fetched stories have been published, none of which are close to the actual facts. And most embarrassing are the answers which you get if you ask someone: “Do you know the difference between hemp and marijuana?”
These days, only a marijuana user may have a better know-how of the hemp, marijuana and differences between these two relatively close cousins in nature. Now, it is imperative to have a knowledge regarding this issue. Especially, considering the medicinal uses of marijuana this article is dedicated to pointing out the stark differences between two of these major drugs.
Well, the genus is same. Both of these belong to Cannabis sativa. But that is probably only similar feature they share. The differences are discussed below.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychotropic cannabinoid. Its percentage varies in these two plants. Hemp has a lower percentage of THC. Whereas, the marijuana is rich in THC, and have a high percentage as a 30-35%.
By this, we mean how much influence a drug can have upon the cerebral and behavioral aspects. Hemp has not exactly shown this attribute, so it's rendered nonpsychotic. Marijuana, on the other hand, is a potent psychotic substance. It is already employed in treatment for some neurological disorders.
Hemp sorts of grow on its own. Even if there are no special arrangements, Hemp can find ways to grow on. Compare it to marijuana, which needs a precise set of conditions for its cultivation.
Hemp has not been known as a substance that can get you high or “stoned.” Rather its major applications are found in Vehicle industry, plastics and toys. Marijuana is used mainly by those who use it for recreation purposes, which is a bit unfortunate because it has wonderful medicinal properties as well. Most important of which are medicinal wonders. But that is why once again we make the case for CBD that's hemp-derived.
Hemp plants tend to be a bit skinnier. Also, they are found in a taller morphology. Their leaves are concentrated at the top. Marijuana has broader leaves as compared to the leaflets of hemp.
Marijuana is rich in THC, as mentioned before. Hemp, on the other hand, has a high percentage of cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is an antagonist to THC. It has assumed the roles of being an antioxidant, anticonvulsant and an antipsychotic agent already. Soon it will be instrumental in neurology and immunology as well.
At the moment, the market worth of marijuana surpasses that of hemp by a reasonable margin. Marijuana is traded in billions, hemp still rolling in millions. That is because hemp’s significance lies only in its strong fibers. Contrary to that, marijuana has been described as a wonder drug.
There is a need for educating public on this topic. Hopefully, this article helps to clear major ambiguities about the two major types of Cannabis.