In Hemp vs. Marijuana debates, hemp will always come out on top. It literally has thousands of uses, from paper and textiles to food products and building materials.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

Although it may be a new crop for many in the U.S., it actually has a significant place in the U.S.’s agricultural history. The Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council says both hemp and marijuana have been around for thousands of years, but they are not the same.

Hemp and marijuana are both species of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, but they are distinctly different in their makeup and uses. Every part of the hemp plant can be used, from seed to stalk, but marijuana is only used for its budding tops and leaves.

Getting “high” is not on the list of hemp uses. It contains a mere 0.3 percent of THC, the psychoactive ingredient. Rather, it is a practical crop, mostly grown for its fibre which can be made into rope or twine.

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