Cannabis – this word conjures up an array of thoughts to many folks; to some, cannabis is associated with Bob Marley, Cheech & Chong, musicians, artists, comedians, the list can go on. What most people are unaware of is the fact that Cannabis applies to two species of the same plant: Hemp and Marijuana. What is the difference you may ask? Let me explain some two primary differences between hemp and marijuana.
The first primary difference is the genetics. Cannabis has been cultivated by humans for medicinal and industrial uses throughout the course of history. In its natural state, it is a tall and sturdy plant that was bred with other plants containing similar characteristics and has been used for making food, oil and textiles (fabrics and rope). This variety of cannabis is known as hemp. On the other hand, cannabis that is bred for medicinal purposes is known as marijuana. Due to the strain of species containing compounds known as cannabinoids, specifically THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is the reason why marijuana creates a ‘high’ effect after being consumed.
The second primary difference is the cultivation process for hemp and marijuana. Because both species of cannabis are grown for various purposes, this reason determines the type of growing conditions the plant needs to be grown in. Hemp is primarily male, which means it grows without flowering buds during the course of the life cycle. Years of breeding this plant produces extremely low THC content and tall, sturdy plants in a shorter time span for industrial use. Marijuana, on the other hand, is cultivated to produce female flowering buds during the flowering stage of their life cycle. The flowering buds are the part of the plant that contains THC and is used for medicinal purposes.
In conclusion, Hemp cannot get you high!
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