Q: Aren’t marijuana and hemp the same thing?

A: No. Both are in the plant genus “cannabis,” however, the word “hemp” is used to describe a Cannabis plant that contains only trace amounts of THC. Hemp is a high-growing plant, typically bred for industrial uses such as oils and topical ointments, as well as fiber for clothing, construction, and much more. Only products made from industrial hemp (containing less than 0.3% THC) are legal to sell, buy, consume, and ship.

The word “marijuana” is used when describing a Cannabis plant that is often bred for its potent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. THC is the chemical compound most known for its psychoactive, or getting “high” properties. THC level is how most people distinguish between what is classified as “hemp” and what is classified as “marijuana.”

This important distinction has lead to much controversy and confusion about which term should be used and what is means.

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