What's the difference between hemp and marijuana?

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The terms “hemp” and “marijuana” each have a historical definition, but “hemp” is now legally defined under US federal law.

Both terms describe different products that come from the same plant, cannabis sativa. Traditionally, “hemp” described the strain of the plant that had been selected for its woody fibers to make products like rope and paper. “Marijuana” described the strain of the plant grown for its flowers containing THC, the cannabinoid responsible for its psychoactive effects.

Since the passage of the US Farm Bill in December 2018, hemp is now legally defined as cannabis sativa plants containing less than 0.3% THC content. Hemp is now federally legal, but in some states, like South Dakota and Idaho, the manufacture and possession of hemp remains illegal under state law.

Most hemp today is grown for its flowers, used to make CBD products. The dried flowers have the same appearance and odor to marijuana, but contain less than 0.3% THC. 


Created On Monday, November 20, 2023 Posted By SW Comment Link
Created On Friday, October 13, 2023 Posted By Whitney Comment Link
the smoke shop near me has started selling some new hemp products with a supposedly higher amount of thc than that but i dont believe it
Created On Monday, September 4, 2023 Posted By Eli Comment Link
Thank you for making this distinction! So many people think they're the same
Created On Tuesday, August 8, 2023 Posted By Rebecca Comment Link
Thank you!
Created On Thursday, August 3, 2023 Posted By Rick Comment Link
I had no idea!
Created On Monday, July 24, 2023 Posted By Julie Comment Link
this helps so much! thank you
Created On Wednesday, July 19, 2023 Posted By Penelope Comment Link
I knew there was a difference but I never fully understood what it was. Thank you for this!
Created On Thursday, June 29, 2023 Posted By Frank Comment Link
is there a difference in the amount of cbd in a seed vs the flower
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