Learn About Hemp and Its Byproducts
Most people assume that hemp and marijuana are identical plants with identical properties. Not true.
The fact is that hemp and marijuana come from the same species, Cannabis Sativa ¹. Hemp and marijuana both contain THC – tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. And they both contain CBD – cannabidiol, which holds the key to the wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects marijuana offers.
Hemp plants do not flower, whereas marijuana plants do. Hemp contains very little THC and is mostly comprised of CDB, whereas marijuana varies per strain but generally contains much more of both chemicals. Hemp also has many practical applications. Spun into fiber, it can be used for cloth, rope and oakum (a plant based sealant similar to modern day caulk). Hemp is, put another way, an all natural, fast growing and sustainable plant.
But because of its – widely misunderstood – superficial similarities to marijuana, both became subject to identical bans. In 1961 a limited number of experimental growers became licensed to grow hemp under Health Canada, for medical research purposes.
It was not until 1998 that hemp’s criminalization was recognized as absurd. And, since then, its many and varied practical applications have been reinstated and the hemp industry has once again begun to flourish.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) & CBD (cannabidiol)
THC and CBD are different compounds found in marijuana. Both well-known cannabinoids, for decades researchers have known that THC is responsible for the famous cannabis high.
But, until recently, very little was known about the effects of CBD. We now know that CBD can serve to balance the effects of THC, and provides a range of symptom relief and medical potential.