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Just What Is The Difference?

Updated: Jun 2

Many people think when they hear the word hemp, that it must be some form of medical marijuana! But just what is the difference between hemp - medical marijuana - and real marijuana?

Read on to find out more!


Marijuana is the dried flower and leaves of the cannabis plant. It contains mind-altering compounds like tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, as well as other active compounds like cannabidiol or CBD, that are not mind-altering according to the CDC. It has been around for centuries and everyone knows its primarily for medical or recreational purposes. (CDC website)


Medical marijuana is regular potent marijuana that is prescribed and monitored by a physician to relieve symptoms caused by diseases or conditions that can not be controlled by drugs or as a more holistic form of symptom control. It has all the properties of recreational marijuana but its used under the direction of a doctor making it legal to someone in a state where its use may be illegal. (WebMD)


Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It looks an acts very similar to marijuana in its properties of holistic healing except the THC (the intoxicating compounds in the plant) level in hemp is greatly reduced so people don't feel the high. Many states have made hemp legal with very specific control and monitoring methods by both the federal and state governments. (Weedmaps.com)


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