Hemp vs. Marijuana – The maligned cousin in the cannabis family is making a comeback

The decades of confusion between Hemp vs. Marijuana have been holding hemp back, but not anymore. In the U.S., legislators are becoming much more accepting of this versatile crop.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

Around the world, hemp is trending. There is growing awareness of it’s many uses. Hemp is akin to marijuana, but it contains only trace amounts of THC, the element that gives the marijuana high. What it does have to offer, however, is a list of over 25,000 uses.

With the ever-increasing legalisation of marijuana, and interest in its medicinal properties, hemp has followed its cousin into the limelight.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – The new/old answer to better nutrition

Hemp vs. Marijuana – The great debate began because Cannabis is a plant with two distinct varieties. One being marijuana, the illegal branch of the family, with a high THC content that gives it its drug definition and the high that many speak of. The second is hemp, with less than 0.3 percent THC, which means it gives you absolutely no high at all.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

Hemp is an astounding and versatile crop that grows readily in many climates.  It is cheap and easy to grow, demonstrated by the fact that it can grow in close proximity to itself, needs little by way of fertilizers and pesticides, and has a prestigious growth rate which makes it one of the best and simplest crops to get into.

The many uses of this plant are well-documented from cloth to rope, from building materials to car parts and last but by no means least, food!

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – New beginnings in WA hemp farming

In Western Australia, the misconception of Hemp vs. Marijuana is becoming less of an issue, now that it’s legal to grow.

Pioneer hemp farmer, David Hiscox, is paving the way for more WA farmers to get on board with this versatile crop.

Hiscox was astounded at the speed and ease of his first hemp crop’s growth. The biggest problem he had, was keeping up with the plant and finding ways to water the almost 10 cms a week growth.

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Hiscox is keen to let other farmers know about the benefits of growing hemp.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – Kentucky Senator knows the difference, and aims to enact a new law for hemp legalisation

This week in Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell made a bold move to distinguish Hemp vs. Marijuana, with his proposal to establish the Hemp Farming Act, which would expunge hemp from the federal controlled substances list and make it legal to grow and sell.

Although hemp is closely related to marijuana, it is a different strain of cannabis sativa, and it doesn’t contain the psychoactive effects of its cousin. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives the high, while marijuana contains up to 30 percent.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

Hemp has a place in agricultural history in the U.S. Once grown for its fibres, it was used to produce rope, clothes and textiles. It can also be used as a sustainable construction material, and the seeds of hemp are a highly nutritious food.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – Alaskan residents may be skeptical, but their lawmakers are not

Alaskan lawmakers know the difference between Hemp vs. Marijuana, and they’re one step away from making hemp cultivation legal. The general public, however, remains skeptical.

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Several years ago, Niki Raapana formulated Alaska’s first Hempfest, but it was not a welcome event for everyone. Faced with much public opposition, many supporters of the event backed out. Similarly, last year’s Hempfest experienced a negative response, and some of the venues pulled out unexpectedly.

Despite the skepticism among local residents around industrial hemp, the politicians are all for it and they’re forging ahead. The Alaska Legislature recently passed a bill that will initiate a hemp industry in the state, beginning with a hemp pilot program.

Hemp is a separate species of cannabis sativa from marijuana, and although they look the same, they are very different plants. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in marijuana that gives a high.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – Misconceptions about hemp are holding back opportunity for Maryland

At last week’s Abell Foundation Hemp forum in Annapolis, Maryland, hemp advocates spoke about the misconceptions of Hemp vs. Marijuana, in an effort to see industrial hemp legalised in the state.

Hemp supporters want to see Maryland join the booming hemp movement in the U.S., but the lack of knowledge about the plant is holding lawmakers back.

Because hemp is related to marijuana, it is assumed to be the same plant with the same qualities. But, although they are both species of the Cannabis Sativa plant, they differ greatly. Hemp is used for industrial purposes and also for its healing properties and nutritional benefits.

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The most significant difference between the two strains, is that hemp contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, (the psychoactive ingredient), whereas marijuana contains up to 30 percent.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – NZ farmer says government needs to loosen the reins on hemp restrictions

The ambiguity of Hemp vs. Marijuana has the New Zealand government keeping a tight rein on hemp regulations, but a North Island farmer says the restrictions are hindering growth in the industry.

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Tom Welch is a dairy farmer in the Rangitikei district of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand. He is expanding his farm to include an industrial hemp crop, but he says the laws prohibiting roadside visibility of the plant are having a detrimental effect on the industry.

The restrictions are a result of the lack of awareness about the difference between hemp and marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are both species of the cannabis sativa plant and they both contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient. However, while marijuana has a THC level of 20 percent, hemp contains less than 1 percent.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – The answers to many common questions about industrial hemp

As Pennsylvania looks to its second year of growing hemp, farmers want to know the answers to questions about Hemp vs. Marijuana, amongst other things.

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The state’s Department of Agriculture is extending the area of industrial hemp, making way for more farming, researching, and business opportunities.

State approval is still required for hemp cultivation, and with the application deadline coming up, there’s a lot of information that farmers are interested in learning more about.

Probably the biggest question is about hemp vs. marijuana. They are both species of the cannabis sativa plant. However, they differ greatly in their tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels. Marijuana contains an average 10 percent THC, whereas hemp contains no more than 0.3 percent, so hemp can’t get you high. Even so, hemp is still lumped in with marijuana as a drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

The other big difference is that hemp has over 25,000 uses, from beauty products and clothing to car parts and construction material.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – Why the number one excuse against legalising hemp is a myth

A hemp farmer in Saskatchewan, Garry Meier, wants to set the record straight about hemp and marijuana growing together – the two can not cohabit in the same field.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

In Saskatchewan, the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy has just released a report suggesting that hemp farmers can aid in the effort to promote legalised marijuana-growing in the province. However, according to Meier, they are wrong. Hemp and marijuana can’t grow in the same field, because the way in which they are treated at harvest is totally different.

Also, if you are growing marijuana, you don’t want to be in the vicinity of a hemp crop, because the hemp is known to deplete the THC content of marijuana.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – As interest in hemp-farming grows, so does hemp awareness

In South Carolina, the distinction of Hemp vs. Marijuana is becoming clearer, as the number of interested hemp farmers increases.

The S.C. Department of Agriculture received over 100 applications from farmers last month, but only 20 growing permits will be granted this year. Next year the number of licences will increase to 40.

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Janet Ralph of Conway, S.C., is hoping she’ll be granted a permit to grow hemp. Ralph produces her own cannabidiol (CBD) oil for her daughter, Harmony, who suffers from intractable epilepsy. The CBD oil helps tremendously with her seizures.

Producing her own CBD oil lead to the creation of her business, Palmetto Harmony. She currently imports hemp from neighbouring states, but if licensed to grow, she’ll be able to use her own crop.

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