Hemp vs. Marijuana
There’s a lot of confusion out there about the differences between these two plants. Both hemp and marijuana are members of the Cannabis family, which may have been the earliest cultivated crop in human history. Cannabis was grown for food, oil, and fibers, which were made into things like rope and fabric. Pretty quickly people noticed that some of these plants had psychoactive effects. With humanity’s enthusiasm for altered mental states, people chose those plants to breed to increase those effects. At the same time, other plants were chosen for more practical qualities, such as tall stalks, which provide a greater amount of useful fiber.
Over time, these two different strains became marijuana and hemp. They’re both cannabis plants, but with one major difference: THC. Marijuana has high levels of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the psychoactive substance that gives people the “high” feeling that comes with marijuana use. Some strains of marijuana have concentrations as high as 30%.
However, hemp has very little THC — less than 0.3%. Because of this, hemp will not make you feel high. On the other hand, hemp has high amounts of an important cannabinoid complex, known as cannabidiol, or CBD.
Why CBD may help in ways THC can’t
Some people consider hemp pretty useless since it contains so little THC. And if your goal is to get high, you’re right. However, scientific research into CBD shows intriguing promise for a wide range of health problems. Here are just a few:
According to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, people with social anxiety disorder who were given CBD had a reduction in anxiety. The researchers attributed this to an increased activity in the limbic and paralimbic activities in the brain.
Another study looked at CBD and arthritis. CBD showed both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive actions, blocking the progression of the disease. The researchers concluded that CBD is a potent anti-arthritic therapy.
The results of research into using CBD to treat epilepsy have been so positive, that the FDA has approved a purified form of it to treat the disorder.
CBD seems to interfere in the production of several different kinds of cancerous tumors. Scientists are looking into its anti-cancer activity.
These are just a few of the many potential health benefits of CBD. If you’re interested in more information, here is some reading on CBD and ADHD, skin care, how it can support your anxious pet, and more general information.
Some people are more interested in THC, either for its psychoactive properties or for different health effects. But our mission is providing CBD for the many ways it supports people’s health and well-being.