You may have heard things about Mary Jane, 420, Weed, Herb, Pot and Cannabis, already confusing and we haven’t gotten to the nitty gritty! We hope to clear up some of the confusion in this weeks email, if you have any specific questions don’t hesitate to email us back!
Hemp and marijuana are, taxonomically speaking, the same plant; they are different names for the same genus (Cannabis) and species.
Hemp and marijuana look and smell the same. So how do we tell the difference?
Hemp plants contain no more than 0.3 percent (by dry weight) of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive substance found in marijuana(cannabis). You can’t get high on hemp.
So the nitty gritty is easy peasy! Cannabis plants with 0.3 percent or less of THC are hemp. Cannabis plants with more than 0.3 percent THC are marijuana.
By comparison, marijuana typically contains 5 to 20 percent THC. Marijuana is usually grown for its flowing buds but harvested before going to seed when the flower is at its most potent and full of its cannabinoid rich healing resin.
NOW BACK TO HEMP…
It has been said that hemp can be used for over 50,000 different everyday items such as:-
CLOTHES– it is reported the chinese created the first woven cloth out of hemp over 5000 years ago.
FOOD– the seed from hemp is highly nutritious containing all the essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6,9) and amino acids (protein) to sustain healthy human function.
FUEL– hemp stalk can be processed into ethanol products and the seed consists of 45% oil which can easily be processed to power diesel engines, anecdotal reports that when used in diesel energies the exhaust fumes are not as toxic and smell like popcorn compared to regular diesel.
BUILDING– When Hemp stalk is dried, shredded and combined with lime and water:- it can be moulded and used as an effective building material for energy efficient and sustainable house construction.
MEDICINE– Cannabis, both marijuana or hemp both contain chemical compounds called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids have been shown to interact with our bodies own system called the endo-cannabinoid system. This system helps regulate many functions in our body from appetite to immune function.
New discoveries are being made daily on how this miracle plant can heal not only our bodies but probably the whole planet.