Biggest question that seems to come up now of days is… “what is the difference between Hemp and Cannabis” also known as marijuana to some. Cannabis and Hemp are sister plants, both carry the name Cannabis Sativa and both have an abundant amount of cannabinoids. The major difference right now between Hemp and Cannabis as far as society is concerned is the levels of THC. 0.3% and below of Delta 9 THC is legal to sell across the entire nation according to the 2018 Farm Bill.
Molecule of Delta 9 THC
This is why people are using Hemp as a means to a therapeutic way of receiving their cannabinoids legally in non legal cannabis states. Anything above 0.3% of Delta 9 THC is considered illegal which is why you find cannabis plants having very high levels of THC and lower levels of CBD. Hemp being the opposite with higher levels of CBD and lower to no THC levels. Only recently has Hemp become what it is today with the cross breeding of Cannabis and Industrial Hemp creating high potency CBD plants derived from Hemp.
Molecule of CBD
Although let’s go in depth a little more about Hemp and how it has been involved in our society for some time now with little acknowledgment. Before the CBD craze “Hemp” was known as Industrial Hemp and was only grown on a government pilot program. Meaning the farmer could be allowed to grow Industrial Hemp with a license for research purposes, but Industrial Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years. It wasn’t until after the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that Hemp was no longer officially recognized as distinct from marijuana. This changed a lot of things legally until recently with the Farm Bill of 2018.
Now you can’t go anywhere without seeing something saying “derived from Hemp”. That’s why Drop of Sunshine is bringing awareness to both the Cannabis and Hemp plants. Hopefully helping consumers around the world understand what Hemp is and make educated choices.