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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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Steven Spence
Steven Spence
Sep 09, 2019


Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary classifications - Indica and Sativa. While marijuana can be considered a member of either the Indica or Sativa families, Hemp is a member of the Cannabis Sativa family.

Because Hemp and Marijuana both derive from the Cannabis Sativa family, they do share certain similarities; however, due to each plant's biological structure, they have several very distinct and crucial differences.

Cannabis contains a variety of different compounds called Cannabinoids, two of the richest and most dominant are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).

Both Cannabinoids have shown to provide profound benefits to the human body; however, THC induces psychoactive effects (gets the user "high"), while CBD does not contain any…


Steven Spence
Steven Spence
Sep 09, 2019

Brief History of Hemp in the US

Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery.

Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. The first American Flag was made from hemp.

In 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which effectively began the era of hemp prohibition.

In 2014, The Farm Bill allowed hemp in certain states for research. Kentucky was a key player initiating the hemp movement in the United States.

In 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill which specified hemp (and its constituents such as CBD) as an industrial byproduct, not to be regulated or criminalized by the…

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