What is hemp?
Hemp, a strain of Cannabis Sativa, is a wonderfully diverse plant, known for its variety of uses throughout human history. Cultivated or grown mainly for either its stalk fibre or seeds for food, the leaves and roots also have many medicinal qualities. Cannabis strains must contain less than 0.3% THC to be classed as hemp. The hemp plant has a deep taproot, giving it the ability to grow in dry conditions.
What are some of the uses of industrial hemp?
There are numerous uses for industrial hemp. Some of those include: fibrous stem products (paper products, molded plastics, textiles, construction materials, etc.); seed products (food products for human consumption, culinary oil, body care products, fuel, etc.) and floral/foliar products (CBD extracts).
How Hemp is completely different from Marijuana ?
The THC level in hemp is found to be less than 0.3% where as in Marijuana it is between 5-30%.
The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical responsible for psycho activity. And hemp seeds with low THC content have negligible psychological effect. Also the CBD (cannabidiol) content found in hemp makes the present 0.3% THC useless. So hemp has no psycho activity while marijuana does have.
The look and appearance of each of the plant is contrasting different with hemp plants having skinnier leaves and taller up to 20ft. While Marijuana are short fat bushes with broad leaves, tight buds.
Both need different climatic conditions to grow.
Can hemp get you “high?”
No, hemp has very low levels of THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Hemp is required by law to have less than 0.3% THC. Current marijuana Cannabis varieties are between 10-30% THC.