In the cannabis world there are many different varieties of this plant. Hemp, also called industrial hemp, and marijuana come from two different strains of the cannabis sativa L plant. Although both derive from the same cannabis species, they are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by its chemical makeup, applications and cultivation methods.
The main difference between the two is in its chemical composition, specifically in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As we mentioned in our previous article, THC is the compound responsible for marijuana’s various psychological effects. An average batch of marijuana can contain anywhere from 5-20% THC content, and some premium can have up to 25-30%.
On the other hand, hemp seeds have a maximum THC level of 0.3%, making it impossible to get “high” or feel any psychoactive effects of its consumption. Hemp also has high concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD) that act as THC’s antagonist; essentially decreasing, eliminating or making the minimal amount of THC useless. This way, hemp refers to the non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis sativa L plant.
Additionally, hemp can be used in a variety of applications that marijuana couldn’t possibly be used in. It can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials and be incorporated into thousands of products. It’s estimated that it can be used in 25.000 different products across various industries: from textiles to healthy dietary supplements, building materials to bio-plastics, nutraceuticals to nanomaterials and organic skin products to animal bedding.
Over the last two decades, the introduction of industrial hemp-based materials in the consumer market has been growing steadily. The reason why is because hemp is an extremely renewable resource with unlimited potential, every part of the plant can be used and have its applications: its stalks, seeds, flowers, fibers and oils.
Finally, regarding its cultivation, hemp requires much less water to grow and no pesticides. So compared to than traditional crops, it is much more environmentally friendly. In our case, in TerpeScience we harvest our hemp in an organic way and in a controlled space, without pesticides, GMOs or herbicides. And its THC levels are inferior to the 0.2%.
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