WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Depending on which state you may currently be in, there are varying regulations regarding both marijuana and hemp plants. While the availability of marijuana products is regulated to select states, hemp (and hemp-derived products) are available everywhere. How can this be? This is because hemp, while being closely related to its genetic sibling, is not quite the same.
To most people, if they were to see either plant growing in a field, they may have a hard time telling which is what. This is because hemp and marijuana both come from the same family of plants: the cannabis family. The cannabis genus of plants also includes hackberries and the very hops that are a main ingredient to your favorite beer.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE MAKER…
Both hemp and marijuana contain hundreds of naturally occurring plant cannabinoids. The most well-known of these cannabinoids are THC and CBD. CBD is the acronym for Cannabidiol, and THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol. While both elements are found in the makeup of hemp and marijuana, it is their percentage of concentration in each that is their main point of difference.
High THC Cannabis – commonly known as marijuana – is only in select states. This is because this the group of plants that can carry an average THC percentage of 15% – the compound that can create the psychoactive “high” result. Compare that to hemp – Low THC Cannabis – which has a THC percentage of .3% or less.
This means that hemp, as federally regulated, doesn’t have the psychoactive properties that marijuana has.
Another distinct difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp is considered an agricultural commodity. Whereas high THC cannabis is regulated and considered, federally, as a controlled substance, the U.S. Farm Bill of 2018 made it clear that hemp would be welcomed back to the public fold to be farmed and utilized. This is thanks to another difference between the plants. Hemp is, naturally, more fibrous and has multiple potential uses way beyond being extracted for CBD.
Hemp can be utilized for textiles, oils, construction materials and so much more. It has been reported that hemp has tens of thousands of possible uses far beyond what may be expected by today’s current market.
By utilizing comprehensive plant genetics, we’re able to be sure that all of our seeds – and resulting crops – are accurately compliant and consistent. With Hempton Farms, you know that you’re working with the leading provider of all things related to hemp farming and production.
At Hempton Farms, we understand the potential that this plant has. From the multitudes of benefits and possibilities in end products, to what hemp can do for the American farmer and their communities. With agriculture trends rapidly evolving in North America, we found that there was a need for quality, consistent hemp farming and manufacturing practices. This is why we are involved in every part of the process – from the ground to the grocery.
Are you interested in farming hemp or manufacturing products made with American grown hemp? We would love to hear from you!