Are Hemp and Marijuana the Same?
No, they are just both part of the Cannabis family
Hemp is completely different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application. But these differences didn’t stop our political leaders from getting confused and accidentally grouping all Cannabis species as a Schedule I Drug and banning it in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. Even after 45 years, the government still seems to have some confusion in distinguishing the two plants. Although legislation is being made, progress has been slow. In its application, hemp and marijuana serve completely different purposes. Marijuana, as it is widely known, is used for medicinal or recreational purposes. Hemp is used in a variety of other applications that marijuana couldn’t possibly be used in. These include healthy dietary supplements, skin products, clothing, and accessories. Overall, hemp is known to have over 25,000 possible applications.
Hemp is a multi-purpose crop delivering seeds, fibres and bio-active chemicals for a number of uses and markets. Producers can maximize plant value by considering various markets for both the grain and potential new, emerging markets for the straw. Benefits of Hemp in:
Foods & Body Care: Hemp Seeds are one of nature’s most perfect foods and contain high levels of vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene and are rich in protein, carbohydrates, minerals and fiber.
Textiles: Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Products made from hemp will outlast their competition by many years. Not only is hemp strong, but it also holds its shape, stretching less than any other natural fiber. This prevents hemp garments from stretching out or becoming distorted with use.
Building Construction: Hemp can replace synthetic, petroleum based and other high embodied energy materials to produce high performance products that are better for the environment, better for your health and your wallet.
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Cannabis (marijuana) is a plant that contains biologically active substances in its leaves, flowers, and buds and their extracts (for example, oil and concentrates). Medical cannabis can help treat symptoms like pain, nausea, and lack of appetite. It may be used by people who have conditions like cancer, AIDS, or multiple sclerosis.
There are many types, or strains, of cannabis. Each plant has specific THC-to-CBD ratios. Because of this, some strains have different kinds of effects than others. For example, if a strain of cannabis has a higher ratio of THC to CBD, it's more likely to affect your judgment, coordination, and decision making. Your health care provider may be able to tell you about the different strains you can try for your health problem and their possible effects.
What is it used for?
Medical cannabis may be helpful for some health conditions. These may include:
Nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy (chemo) for cancer.
Low appetite and weight loss for people who have AIDS.
Muscle stiffness for some multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury patients.
Chronic pain, in particular nerve (neuropathic), or pain at the end of life.
The future is bright for medical cannabis!
While there are more than 100 chemicals (these are called cannabinoids) in marijuana, the two main chemicals in medical marijuana used for medical purposes are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These chemicals can help treat a slew of diseases and medical conditions.