Updated: Nov 22, 2022
If you're new to the CBD and Hemp Industry, it can be a bit overwhelming at first deciphering all of the different terminology. Cannabinoids, Hemp, Cannabis, Weed, Marijuana, etc. But what does it all mean?
The first and probably most important thing to understand when beginning your journey in Hemp, is what exactly constitutes Hemp vs Marijuana. Below, we've broken down some of the most commonly misused terminology, so you can get a better understanding of what is (and isn't) Hemp.
Cannabis is the scientific term for the species of plant, and is often used as a blanket term that encompasses all forms of the plant - Hemp, Marijuana, Indica, Sativa - it's all Cannabis!
Hemp refers to any Cannabis that contains less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. Hemp was made legal in the US by the 2018 Farm Bill, and has an incredibly wide array of uses, from the production of Hemp materials like plastics, clothing, and concrete (or "Hemp-crete") using the leaves and stalks, to the potential medicinal benefits of consuming hemp-based products!
Marijuana refers to the high-level Delta-9 THC Cannabis plants. Any Cannabis that contains equal to or more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC is considered Marijuana, and is still deemed federally illegal and a Schedule 1 Narcotic by the FDA, despite overwhelming evidence of the plants' wide array of potential medicinal properties.