What Is CBD?
What is CBD Hemp?
It is a common misconception that hemp and marijuana are two different species of plants.
In fact, they are not distinct species at all. They are just two different names for cannabis, a type of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae family.
While science does not differentiate between "hemp" and "marijuana," the law does.
Legally, the key difference between the two is the content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is one of the many cannabinoids or chemicals found in the cannabis plant. It is primarily responsible for the "high" associated with cannabis.
What is hemp or hemp?
The term "hemp" or "hemp" is used to refer to cannabis that contains 0.3 percent or less THC content by dry weight.
Why 0.3 percent? This definition was first proposed in 1979, in a book entitled "The Species Problem in Cannabis: Science and Semantics".
In the book, author Ernest Small addresses the fact that it is difficult to distinguish hemp from cannabis because there is no real taxonomic difference between the two.
Small proposed the 0.3 percent rule as a possible solution, but he himself recognized that it is an arbitrary number.
This number was used in the legal definition of hemp, as specified in the 2018 Farm Bill and other laws in the United States.
Because the level of THC in hemp is so low, it is unlikely to have a psychotropic effect.
What is marijuana?
Legally, "marijuana" refers to cannabis that has more than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight. THC content can vary between cannabis plants. Some strains are designed to have a higher THC content than others.
Cannabis plants have been designated as Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, or a hybrid. Each of these has its own characteristics and supposed effects.