In this video we will be explaining the differences between hemp and marijuana, as well as cannabis.
What is the difference between Hemp, marijuana, and cannabis?
The difference between Hemp, and marijuana is the amount of THC that is present, and since they both come from the cannabis plant, they are both considered cannabis.
Marijuana is a term the government still today uses to classify cannabis containing over 0.3% THC,
If the THC level is above 0.3% it is considered marijuana by the U.S. government, if it is under 0.3% THC (on a dry weight basis) it is considered hemp.
The federal government has historically been behind the words use dating back to the early 1900’s.
Although a lot of people still innocently use the word marijuana without slandering its use, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding the use of the word.
Some organizations such as Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA have even publicly denounced the words use, due to the systemic racism that they say it dates to.
What they are referring to, is the times of the reefer madness propaganda in the early 20th century, when the word marijuana was used over and over again led by a man named Harry Anslinger to slander cannabis along with the African Americans, and Mexican immigrants that were smoking it.
Harry Anslinger was the first director of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930. Anslinger was also behind much of the first national regulation (The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937).
Anslinger was once quoted saying “reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men… the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
Now that we briefly explained the controversy with the “M” words use, back on the scientific side, there aren’t any differences in the CBD molecules themselves that are found in marijuana as opposed to hemp.
Also, THC and CBD are also just the two most popular compounds found, there are many other compounds in cannabis such as, CBN, CBC, CBG, and many more.
What about cannabis that contains both THC and CBD? This cannabis contains what is referred to as the entourage effect, and would still, as of today be considered federally illegal if its THC level went over the 0.3%, and then would also be also considered marijuana by the U.S. government. Subtitles (in some states just Delta 9 THC)
The reason the word marijuana is still commonly used in the legal cannabis today after its troubled past is so that everyone involved inside the cannabis industry, as well as many other ancillary businesses such as banking, and insurance, who are also regulated by the federal government can distinguish which set of laws, and regulations would apply to your business by simply just calling cannabis marijuana or hemp.
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