Hemp is used to make food, textiles and building materials. Marijuana is used to make medicine and get high. Cannabis is the name of the plant they both come from.
The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
Think of it this way: Cannabis is Mum & Dad and they had kids
The First Kid Was Hemp
Everyone loves Hemp – she’s helpful, hard-working and honest. She would never dream of getting you high.
Next They Had Twins – The Marijuana Twins, CBD and THC
CBD is purely medicinal and loves taking care of people. She was misunderstood as a kid but grew up to be a respected doctor. She won’t get you high.
THC, though…look, she’s a bit of a party animal. She loves to hang out and have fun, but she also loves taking care of people. She will definitely get you high. She’ll also fix you up, since there’s medicine in there too – she’s a nurse, but one of those “party animal” nurses.
Why the Confusion?
People regularly confuse Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana. This is no accident – it’s due to the “Reefer Madness” campaigns of the 1930s, which led to the criminalisation of all forms of cannabis, including hemp. This was financed by industrialists who wished to discredit hemp, as it was threatening their profits from cotton and other textiles.
Through a variety of racist propaganda campaigns, private interests succeeded in convincing people that Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana were all the same thing – evil substances that would get you “high”, make you go crazy and wreck your life. That’s why Cannabis was banned. But for something to make you “high”, it has to contain psychoactive substances. Only THC contains psychoactive substances, meaning that Hemp and CBD will not get you “high”.
Only THC contains psychoactive substances, meaning that Hemp and CBD will not get you “high”.
The cannabis plant has an incredible history from long before it was made illegal. Stretching back to ancient times, its use in medicine, textiles and spirituality is fascinating – get into it!