With so much conflicting information on the internet about hemp oil, one question we get asked time and again is “How is hemp oil different than marijuana?”
At first glance, there may seem to be more similarities than differences. Indeed, the plants themselves look very similar, which isn’t surprising when you consider they both come from the same family.
Join us as we take a closer look at cannabis plants, and the difference between oil derived from hemp and marijuana.
What is marijuana?
Marijuana is a cannabis plant that is often grown for its psychotropic properties. The flowers or buds of the marijuana plant are harvested for their high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The fibers and stalks are not used commercially.
Marijuana is frequently grown under cover or indoors under grow-lamps so that environmental conditions can be monitored and controlled. Male marijuana plants are often removed to prevent the fertilization of the female plants, which lowers the concentration of THC. Compared to hemp, marijuana plants tend to be shorter and bushier with plenty of flowers.
There are many strains of marijuana, with names like 3 Kings, Tom Cruise Purple, and Acid Dough, and the levels of THC in each strain can vary from 10% to as high as 40%. Conversely, marijuana is naturally lower in CBD than THC. It is these high levels of THC that make the use and possession of marijuana illegal under federal law.
What is hemp?
Although a cannabis plant like marijuana, industrial hemp is grown commercially for its seeds and stalks which are used to produce a number of products. You may have seen hemp seed oil (which isn’t the same as hemp oil), body care products, paper and textiles, and even biofuels made from hemp.
Hemp is usually grown outdoors, and male plants are sometimes encouraged rather than removed. Unlike marijuana, hemp grows sturdy and tall, often reaching up to 6 feet or more in height. Because it’s grown outdoors, hemp is ideal for growing using organic and sustainable practices.
For a cannabis plant to be legally considered hemp, it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC per dry weight. Here at Functional Remedies, our plants are tested by the Colorado Department of Agriculture before we harvest them to ensure that they are within the limits for THC.
Because the levels of THC are so low in hemp, it’s impossible for someone using hemp oil to get high. And in contrast to marijuana, hemp is naturally higher in other beneficial cannabinoids, over 113 so-far have been identified in cannabis plants.
As the name suggests, hemp oil comes only from hemp plants, not marijuana. The result is low THC and high phytonutrient content. It is precisely the high levels of phytonutrients that make hemp oil very effective in alleviating or improving many health conditions and symptoms. The very best hemp oil, such as ours, is produced to maximize the entourage effect <(link to entourage effect article)>, and promote overall homeostatis in the body.Having spoken with thousands of customers over the years, we are aware that there is a lot of confusion in the world about hemp oil compared to marijuana. We hope that this article has helped to clarify the subject for you. If you still have questions, feel free to email, call, or connect with us on Live Chat anytime. We’re here to help.
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