Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cannibus: Hemp vs. Marijuana

Marijuana Plant (Source)
Marijuana Bud (Source)
Most people don't realize that there is a difference between hemp and marijuana which are both "cousins" and different varieties of the same species of plant.  Marijuana is a short bushy plant that has a  flowering top and is grown for potency and it's psychoactive component, THC--which has medical benefits.

Hemp (on the other hand) does not have a high THC content (at all, typically only 1%) and is grown for it's versatility as a raw material for textile and housing applications. Rather than THC, it is grown for it's seeds, oil, and fiber. 
Hemp Crop (Source)

Hemp Field (Source)

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