What is Hemp?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

So what really is hemp? Just about every source online will tell you that hemp is another name for the Cannabis sativa plant or industrial hemp and used for commercial purposes. Yes, that's somewhat correct but that's not it! Hemp can either be sativa, indica, or hybrid; not just sativa


A lot of people who are misinformed or either miseducated often confuse hemp with the cannabis plant that is used to get “high” (marijuana). Hemp and Marijuana are not the same thing. Both are derived from the Cannabis plant but only marijuana gets you high due to the primary compound THC.

Hemp has been here seems like FOREVER and was one of the first plants on Earth to be spun into fiber (over 10,000 years ago). The versatility of the plant and what it has to offer is often refined into a variety of products that are used commercially: fuel, paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, insulation, body care products, animal feed, and food. Mostly recently known is the extraction of CBD (cannabidiol) or hemp oil.

However, let’s not get things confused. Hemp and marijuana looks exactly the same and the only way that you can distinguish the two is through lab testing. Even though the compounds in both plants are similar, they are not identical. The type of cannabis that is being cultivated for hemp has very small traces of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) relative to the amount that is in marijuana.

Hemp has been classified as cannabis having 0.3% or less THC. Anything higher than this is classified as marijuana and illegal in certain states. With the low percentage of THC, hemp is removed from the controlled substance act and marked as legal.

Hopefully this can clear up any questions or assumptions that you have regarding what hemp is because once you're knowledgeable, you’ll realize how hemp can change your life :) in a good way!!!

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