It’s a very common question, is Hemp, Cannabis, or is there a difference?
While hemp and cannabis are both derived from the same species; Cannabis sativa, there are major differences in the characteristics of the respective plant strains that produce industrial hemp, and cannabis.
Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant that is grown primarily for use in industrial applications. It has been specifically cultivated to produce a low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and a high cannabidiol (CBD) content.
THC is the psychoactive constituent of cannabis, and is responsible for producing the effects of the drug. CBD is another active ingredient present in Cannabis sativa plants.
Since hemp strains have very little THC and a lot of CBD, they do not produce psychoactive effects when ingested.
Cannabis sativa strains that produce cannabis contain many times more THC than the strains the produce hemp.
Cannabis sativa plant can only be classified as hemp, and therefore legal, if it contains 0.3% THC or less. Anything exceeding that threshold is technically considered cannabis and therefore currently illegal