CBD Oil 101: Are "Hemp" and "Marijuana" the same?

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

Are "hemp" and "marijuana" the same? That's a great question. Let's answer that for you, without the need of a PhD.

The answer is...kind of? I'll break it down for you how I remember it.

The lemon and orange are part of the same family (Rutaceae), more specifically, genus (Citrus). They live under the same roof with their cousins: the lime, kumquat and grapefruit. This motley bunch is more cousin than sibling.

We can break down these "Citrus" cousins a little more by personality. One group of cousins has a "sweet" personality and the other group of cousins has a 'sour" personality.

  • Rutaceae --> Citrus --> Lemon --- "Sour" Personality

  • Rutaceae --> Citrus --> Orange --- "Sweet" Personality

Now that i've introduced you to those trouble making "Citrus" cousins, understanding those humble "Cannabis" cousins should be a little easier.

Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica are part of the same family (Cannabaceae), more specifically genus (Cannabis). They live under the same roof with their other cousin: Cannabis Ruderalis.

We can break down those great community citizens, the "Cannabis" cousins, a little more as well. Like the "Citrus" cousins, these cousins have different personalities as well. "Hemp" and "Marijuana"

  • Cannabaceae --> Cannabis --> Sativa --- "Hemp" Personality

  • Cannabaceae --> Cannabis --> Indica --- "Marijuana" Personality

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of "Hemp" vs "Marijuana".

Remember, CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived from Cannabis Sativa aka "Hemp". "Marijuana" is derived from Cannabis Indica.

So are they the same? What do you think? Comment below.

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