Otherwise called by names like weed, pot, ganja, Mary Jane etc., Marijuana is a greenish dried form of the leaves and flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa. It is a psychoactive drug used for medicinal and recreational purposes. It is smoked as joints by some, brewed with tea and some other edibles for medicinal purpose by some and even used as concentrated resins by some. The main part of Marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) along with some 483 other odd components. Often confused with hemp, this article discusses all the major points regarding
Unlike Marijuana, cbd oil for anxiety is a variant of Cannabis sativa found typically in the northern hemisphere and is specifically grown for applications in industrial level. One of the fastest spreading plants, apart from its rare medicinal use it is also used for extracting its fibres that are used for preparation of papers, textiles, biofuel, animal feed and biodegradable plastics.
What is the difference between marijuana and hemp?
Following are some major differences between Marijuana and Hemp: –
- Genetic constitution– Although both of them are derived from the same plant and have the same THC, they differ largely in their genetic constituent and the method of cultivation. Hemp are tall and sturdy plants generally used for production of fibres on large scale while Marijuana is a psychoactive plant limited to uses in medicinal and personal purposes.
- Content of THC– Marijuana contains very high amount of THC while hemp contains a lesser amount. Scientific studies state that a normal medicinal Marijuana contains 5-20% THC on an average while hemp contains as low as 0.3% and has major constituent as Cannabidiol(CBD).
- Cultivation- Both of the plants are grown in different agricultural conditions. Marijuana generally grows as a female flowering plant that produce budding flowers at the flowering stage while Hemp grows generally as male flowering plant without any sign of flowering bud at any stage.
- Legality- Marijuana is banned in majority of the nations due to its large scale misuse and is allowed for medicinal use only in exceptional cases, whereas Hemp is allowed in about 30 nations for its fibres and has lesser strict laws than Marijuana.
- Application- Research facilities for both of the plants vary a lot as Marijuana is researched for its healing abilities for a number of serious disorders while Hemp is researched for its further detailed applications in the textile industry.