Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana: Know the Difference

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Marijuana use is on the rise. In large part because of new laws surrounding recreational marijuana use and retail businesses in some states. Also because medical marijuana and the use of hemp is becoming a more accepted form of treatment.

This diversification shows growth in our country. But what risks are involved in marijuana use versus CBD oil?  Where do hemp and other related oils fit into the picture? How can you moderate your use if you know it may be interfering with activities like driving and work attendance in your daily life?

 With differences in legalities, levels of intoxication, purposes, you may have a long list of questions. Here are the differences between marijuana and hemp products. These are the potential effects on your body, and how they might impact you in different environments.

Marijuana, Hemp, What’s the Difference?

At this point, virtually everyone knows what marijuana is. But for anyone who needs a scientific refresher or any clarification, marijuana refers to the stems, leaves, buds, flowers, and seeds of two strains of cannabis plants. The cannabis sativa and the cannabis indica plant. The plants contain psychoactive substances that can be eaten, smoked, brewed into a tea, or vaped using  dried herbs. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the substance that causes the psychoactive effect. Out of the different forms of cannabis, marijuana cannabis contain the lowest concentration of THC.

 One of the many forms of cannabis, hashish is the sap that comes from the plant and contains higher levels of THC. When dried and pressed into blocks, the hashish — more commonly referred to as hash — can be smoked or baked into foods to produce a “high” in humans. Similarly, hash oil is a concentrated form of hash taken from the resin. It can smoked or incorporated into foods, as well as ingested orally. Sinsemilla is a seedless, smokable form of cannabis. this contains more THC.

 Medical Uses

As a medical treatment, marijuana can be used to help patients with an assortment of diseases. These range from common maladies such as pain, nausea, concussions, to more rare diseases such as GERD and epilepsy.

 There is also hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which are sometimes confused. Hemp oil, is usually produced from the seeds of the hemp plant. Though it can be produced from cannabis. Hemp oil is used in cooking, moisturizers, and soaps, as well as in making plastics and biofuel. CBD oil is made from the other parts of hemp, like the flowers, stems, and leaves. CBD oil is commonly used for medical treatment, including that of cancer, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and more.

How Will It Impact Me?

 Hemp and marijuana are similar plants. Because of this it is important to know difference between them. Hemp contains much lower levels of THC. The important difference between hemp oil and CBD oil is that hemp oil contains much lower levels of THC. Less than 1 percent, and CBD can have up to 15 percent. With a large range in cannabis products, it is natural to wonder just how strongly the plants will affect you.

 The University of Nevada, Reno reports an increase of drugged driving as the United States moves forward in the legalization of marijuana one state at a time. The report cites a study by PLOS that found over 40 percent of self-reporters admitted to driving while under the influence of marijuana. Though UNR reports that no causality between legal marijuana use and traffic accidents, they do state that THC has a measurable impact on driving.

 Regardless, it is always illegal to drive while on the influence of alcohol or any type of drug, and it’s illegal to transport marijuana from a state in which it is legal into one in which it is not. However, CBD oil and hemp oil are legal in all 50 states and therefore can be taken while travelling and safely used while driving.

 What About My Job?

In the workplace, many employers will perform a drug test before hiring an employee. Though more and more employers located near states where marijuana is legal are not testing for marijuana, employees are usually not allowed to come into work while under the effects. Though CBD oils might show up in a drug test, most reputable products will have low enough levels of THC so as not to show up and should not interfere at work.

 Thoroughly research any product before taking it. When using CBD oils, buy from a reputable source and check the THC concentration. Never drive under the influence of marijuana or other substances that impair driving performance. Whether you live in a legalized state and can enjoy marijuana recreationally or you use cannabis or hemp products for medical purposes, make sure to use them appropriately.

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