The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

Hemp VS Marijuana: What is the difference?


Years of misinformation surround these two plants have created an immense amount of confusion between the difference of hemp and marijuana. One of the confusing factors is the loosely used terms “Hemp, Marijuana, and Cannabis”. To be clear - Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana are not the same thing. Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary classifications: Sativa & Indica. While Marijuana can be considered a member a member of both Sativa and Indica, hemp is a member of the Cannabis Sativa family. Since both Marijuana and Hemp come from the same family, they share similarities; however, they both have very distinct and crucial differences.

To someone with limited knowledge on the visual aspects of Hemp and Marijuana, it can be confusing. Let us try to explain a bit about the both.

Hemp VS Marijuana: Visual Aspect

Marijuana has larger leaves, produces dense flowers, and is bushier in appearance.

Hemp produces skinnier leafs that are concentrated towards the top, grows much taller, and can produce less dense flowers.

If you were to put a Marijuana plant and a Hemp plant side-by-side, it would be clear which one is which.


Hemp VS Marijuana: Effects and compounds

One aspect of the confusion is the effects the two plants create when consumed. Marijuana is illegal due to THC content. However, Hemp has been lumped into the law due to it’s appearance, although it does not contain enough THC to produce any psychoactive effects. You could compare Hemp and Marijuana to Beer and non-alcoholic beer. They both looks the same when packaged but only one actually produces any effects.

Hemp contains 0.3% or less THC vs Marijuana can contain up to 30% THC.

Hemp Vs Marijuana: Usage

Hemp is used and can be used for hundreds if not thousands of everyday items. Hemp’s range of usage varies from clothing, plastic, food, medicine, building materials, and more.

Marijuana is mainly used as a medicine or recreational drug. It is very hard to utilize Marijuana as we do Hemp. This is because they are two different plants, with different structural makeups.

Alex Person