Hemp vs. Marijuana

Aug 10, 2021 | Cannabis Education

The wonderful world of cannabis

As the cannabis industry begins to grow in the U.S. people are beginning to realize what a diverse set of use cases can be derived from the plant. Cannabis awareness is at an all-time high, and for good reason – this plant can be used in so many ways.

Although, it is easy to oversimplify the incredible nature of cannabis and its capabilities. People love to refer to smokable cannabis flower as weed. That’s because most of us grew up calling it that, or marijuana, and associate it with the good times we’ve had in the company of friends. It’s easy to think of these things when we hear the word cannabis, but it is capable of so much more.

THC content is just one of many features. Hemp has been used for a host of commercial products like textiles, paper, rope, and other industrial goods. The plethora of use cases for this plant can hardly be overstated.

But what creates the distinction between hemp and marijuana if they are both derived from the same species?

Where they diverge

“Hemp” and “Marijuana” are the same plant. The difference between these two is based solely on the THC content. “Hemp” is a term used when referring to cannabis containing just 0.3 percent or less THC content by dried weight.

What makes 0.3 percent THC special? Nothing really. The decision to use this value as a marker to differentiate between hemp and marijuana is simply because the former is less likely to get you high. For legal purposes, the U.S. government needed to create a way to determine one from the other, so regulations could be put in place on either or.

Cannabis Fact: The percent value of 0.3 percent is actually an arbitrary number.

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Cannabis Use Cases: Hemp

Why would we want to differentiate? Well, it turns out the cannabis plant is amazingly versatile, even though we usually think of it’s primary use as consumption. Marijuana is a term used to describe cannabis that will get you high with its high THC content. Over 0.3 percent is not necessarily going to get you high, but this metric puts a threshold on what can be used to derive products for consumption, and what can be produced for other industries.

Additional use cases for hemp include but are not limited to:

  • Paper
  • Bioplastics
  • Biofuel
  • Textiles, Rope
  • Foods and Oils
  • Insulation & Building Materials

Hemp and CBD’s Recreational Status

Perhaps the most widely known fact is the ability to use Hemp as a recreational substance, which is where we come in. Although smoking hemp does not induce quite the same euphoric feeling as marijuana, many of the enjoyable effects can still be felt. Hemp-derived products such as our Lemon Kush Delta 8 Cartridge produce some amazing effects and are legal in most U.S. states for recreational consumption. The FDA has not recommended hemp-derived products or CBD for any medicinal use cases.

Shop with the Kings of Cannabis

Along with millions of Americans who seek legal weed from a trusted source, the pros at Green Light District are ramping up to bring you the best quality hemp-sourced products on the market. Our sole aim is not just to provide top-shelf weed cartridges and the like. We also seek to educate users on industry updates, and cannabis news and make sure you are aware of what’s going on in this exciting new industry.

We know that an educated user is a safe user, and a growing knowledge base only serves to help the cannabis industry grow as it inevitably will.

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