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Is Hemp Different from Marijuana?

Is Hemp Different from Marijuana?

With more and more people using cannabinoids (CBD) oils and other products in Edmonton, a new market itself is rising — the CBD market. But amongst most new users of CBD, (and cannabis in general), there is fairly common confusion regarding hemp and marijuana. Contrary to popular belief, there is indeed a difference between the two, and the difference is vast. Both cater to a separate base of users. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between the two.

THC Content

Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is one of the components in cannabis that makes it intoxicating; the more the THC content, the more psychoactive the product is. Here, hemp has less than 0.3% THC so it is virtually impossible to get high on hemp oil; this is one of the reasons why it has been harvested in Alberta since the eighties. On the other hand, marijuana has a THC content of over 0.3%, and this goes up to 20-30% in some strains. This makes marijuana induce psychotic effects on you. This is why only marijuana is used for recreational purposes.


Another difference comes in the cultivation process. They are both cultivated cannabis but the process is completely differently. Marijuana, on the one hand, needs extremely careful and cautious temperature and humidity monitoring, and the nutrients given to the plant are also meticulously controlled. This makes it quite a difficult plant to grow. On the other hand, hemp is quite simple to grow in pretty much any condition; the perfect example of this is the thousands of acres of farms of the Albertan hemp industry.


The most significant difference between hemp and marijuana is its usage. CBD is derived from both, but they both offer different uses. Marijuana-derived CBD is not only used for recreational purposes, but it is also used to treat conditions such as seizures, chronic pain, and Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. It also has proven benefits for various mental disorders like anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression. And it can also help cancer patients deal with chemotherapy. Cannabis CBD can be taken as a tablet, smoked, or added to food or drinks.

On the other hand, hemp has over 50,000 uses. This is why the hemp industry in Edmonton has been booming for a few decades now. Hemp can be used in a variety of ways from producing paper and clothing to building materials and plastic. Apart from these, hemp is also used in medical products and food as cooking oil and flour as it has several health benefits. It is rich in proteins, dietary fibres, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids — this makes hemp, specifically hemp oil, a great food additive that helps keep your heart healthy, deal with PMS, and prevent skin ageing.

With so many benefits, both for your health as well as society, the hemp industry is only going to grow from here, especially in Alberta. And knowing the difference between hemp and marijuana can help you make conscious decisions on their usage.


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