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.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

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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