The differences between Hemp and Marijuana

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The differences between Hemp and Marijuana
The CBD used in Cibdol CBD products comes from hemp. Yet, understanding the difference between this and cannabis (Marijuana) can be confusing; it is a fine line to walk. Most confusion comes from the fact that the two are so closely related, that the illegal nature of cannabis tends to limit public knowledge on hemp. However, there are real and drastic differences between these two plants, irrespective of their genetic similarities.

The first major difference between hemp and cannabis is actually genetics. Although similar, hemp plants come from strains of Cannabis sativa that have been specifically bred for industrial and agricultural purposes. Hemp is thought to be one of the oldest crops cultivated by humans, with its produce being used for textiles, construction, food, rope making, paper making, and all sorts of other applications. Over time, selective breeding has resulted in a plant very different from its original “cannabis” family. Cannabis, on the other hand, is often grown for recreational purposes, and more recently, for medical reasons.

This brings us nicely onto our next big difference between hemp and cannabis. As hemp has been selectively bred over the centuries with industrial application in mind, the THC content within has decreased to the point where it is found only in trace amounts. This allows hemp to be legally grown in most countries, even where THC is illegal. The amount of THC in hemp is so negligible (often around 0.02%) that it is impossible to get high from. Cannabis, on the other hand, is specifically bred to contain high levels of THC, a psychoactive compound that remains illegal in most countries.


The difference in legal nature is technically another difference between the two plants as well. In most countries – certainly throughout the EU – hemp is considered legal, and can often be grown either freely or with a license. As a result, any product made from hemp is also considered legal. Cannabis, on the other hand, does not enjoy such freedom and is restricted to specially licensed research growers.

Hemp and cannabis both contain CBD, but hemp tends to contain more. Over the years, cannabis has been selectively bred to contain large amounts of THC, with breeders often neglecting CBD. The result is high power cannabis strains with little CBD. This is being changed; with the rise of medical marijuana, breeders are bringing back a balance between the two cannabinoids, but there is a lot of work to do. Conversely, hemp has not lost its CBD content over the years, and can contain a potent amount.


The way in which hemp and cannabis grow differ, once again due to selective breeding. While the way cannabis grows has largely stayed unchanged, hemp has been bred to grow tall and thick, with minimal foliage. This is because it is the stalk of the hemp plant that tends to be the most sought after commodity, as its fibres are used for a great many application; although, more recently, there has been a surge in popularity for hemp seed, a healthy food source.

Doctor cannabisLastly, the ways in which hemp and cannabis are researched are different. The scientific investigation of cannabis is restricted, and largely centres around investigating THC and its effects on the mind and body – although cannabis is now also being researched for its CBD content, and how THC and CBD interact. Hemp, on the other hand, is researched for many purposes. It is an excellent source of CBD, leading to medical research, but it is also research for its other properties, such as its implications in construction, nutrition, sustainability, and heavy-metal recovery.


As you can see, there are some very major differences between these two plants. They may be closely related, but they are in no way the same. Cibdol CBD Oil is made completely from hemp, so there is no chance of any kind of contamination. Hemp is the future.



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