HEMP vs. Marijuana
In getting to know this amazing plant, the nomenclature involved can be confusing. So, let us take a deeper dive. Cannabis is a very diverse plant that can be split into thousands of different categories, strains, and species. You will hear the words cannabis, marijuana and hemp discussed frequently. The hemp species Cannabis Sativa L, commonly referred to as marijuana, is the form of cannabis with high THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content. THC is the cannabinoid that is best known for its intoxicating or “high”. It has its own health benefits but that is for another discussion.
At Green Compass, we focus on CBD that is derived from the hemp.
CBD derived from hemp, defined as THC content less than 0.3% is federally legal in the entire U.S. The research dating back to the 1990s has shown CBD to have some pretty amazing health and wellness benefits. Anecdotal reports from people that have tried CBD as well as from medical specialists have shown CBD to offer benefits with a wide range of issues. CBD has been shown to aid in the sleep cycle, mood, and inflammation associated with physical activity.
Researchers have studied and found many other health benefits and the number of studies has exploded in recent years.