The Difference Between Cannabis and Hemp

All too often, people assume that cannabis and hemp are the same, but that the terms refer to different aspects or uses of the plant. This is true to a point. However, it is more the way the plant grows which drives the ultimate difference.


Hemp is a low-resin, low-THC Cannabis Sativa plant that is grown for its fibers and seeds. Growers typically leave little space between the plants which lets the harvest to appear more like bamboo with tall skinny stalks. It can grow up to 10 or 15 feet and is considered to be an agricultural crop.


Cannabis is a high-resin, high-THC, high-CBD Cannabis Sativa plant that is grown for its psychotropic and medicinal qualities which are most often found the flower of female plants. Plants are grown with more space, which allows them to spread out as opposed to spreading up. This creates a fuller plant overall. It is considered to be a horticulture crop and is typically hand-harvested, trimmed, dried and cured.

Do not get us wrong. Hemp is a very useful plant, but the low levels of cannabinoids that are found in hemp do not favour medicinal qualities.

The Difference between Hemp CBD & Cannabis Hemp

Hemp CBD

According Medical Marijuana Inc., who were overthrown by Project CBD for what they considered to be misleading information, good CBD help oil is derived from high-CBD, low-THC hemp. ‘By using these inimitable potent plants, we are able to extract cannabis oil that contains a substantial level of cannabidiol, as well as essential minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, flavonoids, terpenes, and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids,’ their website claims.

However, while hemp can be grown to produce higher CBD levels through cross-pollination, the probability of this happening is slim if the plant is pollinated within its own crop. Hemp just does not contain enough CBD to have successful medicinal effects on the user. Some have claimed that hemp CBD has caused them to feel sick.

Cannabis CBD

Cannabis CBD is what the medicinal cannabis industry is referring to when they talk about the benefits of the oil. Products like Charlotte’s Web with high-CBD, low-THC oils which has proven to help treat certain illnesses and conditions. CBD oil continues to demonstrate medicinal qualities for incapacitating conditions. The difference being that the cannabis plant used is grown and harvested for medicinal purposes.

CBD is not the only cannabinoid which is necessary to produce the medicinal qualities of cannabis. CBD needs to perform biological processes with THC and other cannabinoids.

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