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The Twelve Days of Cannabis ~ Day 1: What is the difference between cannabis and hemp?

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Basically, semantics. From a practical standpoint, it’s the level of concentration of the intoxicating phytocannabinoid known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabis and hemp are, scientifically speaking, the same plant. They share the same genus, Cannabis, and the same species, Sativa. Given that they are the same plant, it’s fair to ask why they’re viewed and treated so differently.

Cannabis plants with higher concentrations of THC are referred to as marijuana. Hemp contains very low levels of THC... generally less than 1%. It does, however, contain high levels of the non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD).

Marijuana is the intoxicating cousin of hemp. And while marijuana and hemp might share a species, they are legally and chemically distinct in a significant way.

At the end of the day, for all their differences, both hemp and marijuana are indeed cannabis plants... and we consider cannabis to be “kynd medicine”.

Kyndness is Contagious...

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