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Hemp vs Marihuana

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Difference Hemp and Marihuana

Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species.

But are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by: 

  • Use 
  • Chemical makeup 
  • Cultivation methods

5 Difference

  • Genetics
  • THC content
  • Cultivation
  • Legal Status
  • Research

Marihuana THC

  • Marijuana’s high THC content is primarily in the flowering tops.
  • THC levels for marijuana are much higher than for hemp.
    • Reported to average about 10%.
    • Some sample tests indicate THC levels reaching 20%-30%, or greater.

Hemp THC

  • A level of about 1% THC is considered the threshold for cannabis to have a psychotropic effect or an intoxicating potential. 
  • Current laws regulating hemp cultivation in the European Union (EU) and Canada use 0.3% THC.
  • Cultivars having less than 0.3% THC can be cultivated under license.


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