What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Today I’m going to answer another question I get asked a lot which is…What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
To answer this question I’m going to give you a tiny history lesson. Back in 1971 a Canadian named Ernest Small pretty much arbitrarily defined hemp as a marijuana plant with less than .3% THC. His very arbitrary definition has become the accepted international standard in terms of distinguishing between hemp and marijuana.
Now in the United States, Congress has defined hemp and marijuana a bit differently. They define marijuana as any part of the plant that’s a source of THC. THC is the chemical in marijuana that typically causes the psychoactive effect or “the high” when taken in excessive amounts. They consider the rest of the plant hemp.
So back to the question what’s the difference between marijuana and hemp. Obviously, there isn’t really a consensus. At this point, a lot of it depends on how the country that you’re living decides to distinguish between hemp and marijuana.
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