How is Hemp different from Marijuana?

Hemp History Week was earlier this month, and to do our part in spreading the awareness about hemp, we're answering the question, 'what is the difference between between hemp and marijuana'?

Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same species- Cannabis Sativa.  The scientific difference between the terms, ‘hemp’ and ‘marijuana’ have to do with the ways in which they are used.  

Cannabis is believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops and throughout history, humans have grown different varieties of cannabis for both industrial and medical use.  So what’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?  While they are different varieties of the same species- Cannabis Sativa, the scientific difference between the terms ‘hemp’ and ‘marijuana’ have to do with the ways in which they’re used.

Hemp seeds have high nutritional value, and is found in a variety of health products being produced today, including hemp energy bars, hemp salad dressing, hemp milk, hemp protein shakes, hemp oil gel caps and hemp protein powder. -- courtesy of hemp.com

Hemp seeds have high nutritional value, and is found in a variety of health products being produced today, including hemp energy bars, hemp salad dressing, hemp milk, hemp protein shakes, hemp oil gel caps and hemp protein powder. -- courtesy of hemp.com

Early civilizations grew these tall, sturdy plants to make a variety of foods, oils and textiles and bred them with other plants with the same characteristics, leading to the type of cannabis known as ‘hemp’, often found in health supplements today, and in the news thanks in part to the passage of the Farm Bill, which included an industrial hemp cultivation amendment that has opened the doors to the crop rejoining America’s agricultural landscape.

Other plants were recognized for being psychoactive and were bred selectively for medical and religious purposes.  This led to unique varieties of cannabis we now know as marijuana.

According to Dan Sutton of Tantulus Labs, a Canadian company that specializes in cannabis cultivation technology, “the core agricultural differences medical cannabis and hemp are largely in their genetic parentage and cultivation environment.”

For an in-depth history of hemp, check out the HEMP HISTORY TIMELINE from rediscoverhemp.com