Hemp and marijuana plants come from the same plant genome – cannabis. Three major types of cannabis plants include:
- Cannabis sativa
- Cannabis indica
- Cannabis ruderalis
Industrial hemp plants which were used for textiles, pottery, sails, and rope come from the cannabis species C. sativa. These hemp plants are loaded with CBD and contain less than 0.3% of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, which gets you “high.”
As for marijuana, it can be from all three of these cannabis species but is only considered marijuana if the THC content is over 0.3%. Marijuana plants contain high amounts of THC and lower amounts of CBD.
Both hemp and marijuana plants have multiple therapeutic benefits – but the main difference is the type and potency of specific cannabinoids in them.
The two most popular cannabinoids and what they’re used for are:
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – binds to receptors in the brain, which give psychoactive effects.
Delivers euphoric effects to combat issues such as pain, nausea, appetite loss, sleep issues, and more.
Cannabinol (CBD) – binds to receptors throughout the body, which give non-psychoactive effects and counteracts THC psychoactive properties.
Delivers calming effect to combat issues such as anxiety, sleep loss, inflammation, stress disorders, pain, and more.
Cannabis is becoming legal once again because it is tested and proven to help in a myriad of different conditions and this must not be overlooked. It’s safe, effective, and better yet – natural.