Due to almost a century of misinformation about Cannabis, the distinction between Cannabis and its two primary species: hemp and marijuana , has become unclear to many and some even consider the three plants to be one in the same. Because of this, the three terms are often used interchangeably, which has created difficulties when understanding the usage and benefits of Hemp vs Marijuana and Cannabis in general.
Marijuana features broad leaves, dense buds and has a short, bushy appearance. In stark contrast, Hemp features skinny leaves that are concentrated towards the top of the plant and grows taller and skinnier than Marijuana, with few branches beneath its upper portion.
Cannabis contains a variety of different compounds called Cannabinoids, two of the most dominant are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). When comparing Hemp vs Marijuana, this is a huge distinction; while Hemp contains a very low concentration of THC (0.2% or less), Marijuana is abundant in THC with concentrations between 15% to 40%.
The environment in which hemp and Marijuana are grown is strikingly different. Hemp is grown closely together, in large multi-acre plots an can be grown in a variety of climates. Marijuana requires a carefully controlled, warm, and humid atmosphere for proper growth.