It ain't easy being green
Still confused about the difference between Hemp and Marijuana? You’re not alone. We’re here to clear up the confusion behind these two powerful plants, and let you know why weve chosen to use only hemp-derived CBD in our first beverage, un\wine.
Fully understanding the difference between hemp and marijuana isn’t easy. Luckily, we love getting down and dirty into the weeds 😜 when it comes to talking about all things green.
Let’s begin with Cannabis, shall we? Cannabis is a genus of plants that produce flowers, stemming from the Cannabaceae family. The three main types of this genus are Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. These two terms are simply broader names that encompass the three species of Cannabis.
Hemp encompasses any and all varieties of the cannabis plant that contain 0.3% or less THC (the part of cannabis that gets you high). Hemp has been cultivated and used for thousands of years as a reliable and strong crop. It is widely industrialized, and has been used in fabrics, housing materials, rope and other more industrial products.
Marijuana on the other hand encompasses all varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or more THC. These varieties have the power to intoxicate, and it’s the THC high that you may think of when you think of cannabis. The growth and cultivation of any given marijuana plant requires much more careful breeding processes and the attention from the farmer than a hemp plant may require. This is why you often see marijuana being grown inside, because the farmer can control the heat, humidity and other environmental factors that affect its quality. On the other hand, hemp is grown outside, as it is cultivated for its strength as a high yield plant.
Now enter CBD. CBD can be derived from either the hemp or marijuana plant. However, because of that teensy tiny presence of THC, hemp-derived CBD will not get you high. While it doesn’t get you high, it still produces the relaxing effects traditionally associated with marijuana. That’s why we’re using it in our first beverage, un\wine - to mimic the relaxing effects of alcohol without the shitty sleep or hangover the next day.
Now you know the difference between hemp and marijuana - grow forth and prosper!