Hemp, also called industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant and is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not alter perception, mood, cognition, consciousness, and/or behavior. The distinction between hemp and marijuana is in the amount Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in each plant. While hemp has long been grown for its strong fibers, today, it is also an important resource for the extraction of cannabidiol (CBD), which has many potential medical benefits.
What Is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
While botanically from the same species of plant, (Cannabis sativa), hemp and marijuana are genetically different forms of cannabis that are distinguished by their use and chemical composition. Hemp is not used as a recreational drug because it contains less than 0.3% of the psychotropic chemical compound, Delta-9 THC. It is used to produce a wide range of products. In contrast, marijuana is used as a psychotropic drug for medicinal or recreational purposes and typically contains 5% to 35% Delta-9 THC.
Does Hemp Cause Psychotropic Effects?
No, hemp containing 0.3% or less Delta-9 THC does not cause any psychotropic effects. As an important resource for CBD, hemp-derived products are available in a variety of forms and may be the right choice for you, depending on your needs or desired effects. For more information on CBD, the most well-known cannabinoid extracted from hemp, and its effects, visit our other guide, “What is CBD?”.
What Are the Medicinal Uses For Hemp?
Hemp produces a cannabinoid called CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. CBD may help with managing stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and trouble sleeping. Hemp may also be used to help with high cholesterol, eczema, arthritis, and many other medical conditions.
Is Hemp Legal?
Yes, hemp products containing 0.3% or less Delta-9 THC became legal with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill clarified that any part of the hemp plant including cannabinoids, isomers, and all other derivatives with 0.3% or less Delta-9 THC are legal. Although there are no current age restrictions from the federal government on hemp derived products, the company policy for our CBD Kratom stores is to sell to individuals 18 years of age or older. Federal regulations state inhalants can only be consumed by those who are 21 years of age and older in the United States, so hemp cartridges or other smokable hemp products are age-restricted.