Cannabis vs. Hemp vs. Marijuana

Another of our most commonly asked questions is ‘What is the difference between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana?’ Understandably, there is much confusion as to which term means what. All three words are used very loosely in the press and even within the cannabis community. We’re here to help clarify what is what!  

To start, ‘cannabis’ and ‘marijuana’ refer to the same exact thing. Cannabis is the most accurate and proper way to refer to all varieties of this miraculous plant. Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants and has a very diverse history. Marijuana is simply a term invented by the US Government in the early 20th century as part of its campaign to make the plant seem foreign and dangerous before making it illegal. It has no scientific basis and is essentially a slang term.

The difference between cannabis and hemp is much smaller than many think. They both refer to the same species of plant but signify different sub-species or cultivars. Hemp is legally defined as cannabis with less than .3% THC and has been developed by selectively breeding over time for lower THC and greater bio-mass. In essence, the word 'hemp' is more of a legal and cultural definition than it is a scientific one. It should be noted that all varieties of the cannabis plant contain CBD.

In case that written break down didn’t make sense to you, check out the infographic below or contact us!


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