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Hemp vs. Marijuana

You have more than likely heard stories about hemp oil or CBD (cannabidiol). Unfortunately, the compound is often confused with marijuana. These plants are both varieties of the cannabis plant. Due to the similar shape and color,  many still think the effects of hemp and marijuana are the same.

There is a significant difference between hemp and marijuana. Part entails the amount of the psychoactive substance that causes a high. The ability to grow or acquire certain products also differentiates the two.

The THC Content

The most important part of what makes hemp and marijuana different is the THC levels. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) produces the highs and feelings of euphoria.  


Hemp is different in that it contains a significantly lower amount of THC.  The hemp used in legal hemp oil products contains 0.3 percent or less THC content by dry weight.

The result is that hemp doesn’t produce the high you might get from marijuana. The trace amount of THC is safe and free from psychoactive effects.

For those wanting to avoid THC, CBD (cannabidiol) Isolate is the answer. It has been extracted from the hemp plant and isolated from ALL other cannabinoids. 

Marijuana (Cannabis)

To put things in perspective, marijuana flowers found in legal dispensaries contain as much as 30 percent THC content by dry weight. The substance triggers multiple sensations in the body. It also has a much greater chance of causing a failed drug test.

General Plant Uses

Although some overlap, hemp, and marijuana are grown for different purposes:


We use Industrial hemp to create various products. Everything from clothes to paper, to building compounds. People even use hemp for soap and shampoos.

Cannabis (Marijuana)

Until recently, the marijuana plant was known mainly for smoking. Now, cannabis products come in oils, gummies, candies, vapes, flowers, and more. The high THC content makes it desirable for both recreational and medicinal purposes.

General Legality


The legality of hemp and marijuana is a significant point to note. With support from the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, Hemp is legal today in ALL 50 states. On the other hand, cannabis is only legal in certain states.

Cannabis (Marijuana)

According to the controlled substance act, marijuana is illegal on the federal level. However, there are some states where recreational and or medicinal marijuana use is legal. Each state has substantial restrictions and rules over who can use it, where and how one can find it, and how much of a product someone can acquire.

How It Is Grown

 Hemp and marijuana may look similar, but they are different. Don’t judge a book by its cover.


Hemp is a native outdoor plant. So, it has far fewer growing condition restraints than its counterpart. It doesn’t require as much attention to lighting, temperature, and humidity. The hemp plant contains low levels of THC and high levels of CBD.

Cannabis (Marijuana)

Marijuana requires more attention while it grows. The plant must be in an environment with the right temperature, humidity, and lighting. The amount of marijuana one can produce at a time is significantly lower than what you’d get from a larger hemp field. It contains high levels of THC and low levels of CBD.

When looking into CBD products, consider what you learned here. In a nutshell, although similar, they are both used for different things.