Marijuana Vs. Hemp: What’s The Difference?

With interest in CBD (cannabidiol) rising, and the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp federally, there are many questioning concerning the difference between hemp and marijuana. The distinction isn’t merely academic; one is now federally legal and the other remains a Schedule I drug, but the difference isn’t so clear cut.

“Since the war, the coffee break has been written into union contracts”

The term subsequently became popular through a Pan-American Coffee Bureau ad campaign of 1952 which urged consumers, “Give yourself a Coffee-Break – and Get What Coffee Gives to You” John B. Watson, a behavioral psychologist who worked with Maxwell House later in his career, helped to popularize coffee breaks within the American culture.

Coffee drinking was prohibited by jurists and scholars meeting in Mecca in 1511, but the subject of whether it was intoxicating was hotly debated over the next 30 years until the ban was finally overturned in the mid-16th century. Use in religious rites among the Sufi branch of Islam led to coffee’s being put on trial in Mecca: it was accused of being a heretical substance, and its production and consumption were briefly repressed.

Under US federal law, CBD derived from hemp is legal, while CBD derived from marijuana is not, despite the fact that hemp and marijuana are the same plant. Chemically, CBD extracted from hemp is exactly the same as CBD from marijuana plants. The Kafkaesque legal standing of CBD in the United States is due in large part to antiquated drug laws aimed at marijuana users while trying to legitimize a lucrative cash crop in hemp.

Terms like hemp and marijuana are a reflection of our complicated relationship with cannabis. On the one hand, many appreciate cannabis’ utility while also demonizing its psychoactive properties. Unscientific delineations also complicate law enforcement. Since hemp and marijuana are both sativas, the plants are often indistinguishable visually, and have to be lab tested for THC concentration to determine if a crime has been committed, as was the case in Utah, where a driver transporting hemp was arrested on suspicion of 

Under US federal law, CBD derived from hemp is legal, while CBD derived from marijuana is not, despite the fact that hemp and marijuana are the same plant. Chemically, CBD extracted from hemp is exactly the same as CBD from marijuana plants. The Kafkaesque legal standing of CBD in the United States is due in large part to antiquated drug laws aimed at marijuana users while trying to legitimize a lucrative cash crop in hemp.

Terms like hemp and marijuana are a reflection of our complicated relationship with cannabis. On the one hand, many appreciate cannabis’ utility while also demonizing its psychoactive properties. Unscientific delineations also complicate law enforcement. Since hemp and marijuana are both sativas, the plants are often indistinguishable visually, and have to be lab tested for THC concentration to determine if a crime has been committed, as was the case in Utah, where a driver transporting hemp was arrested on suspicion of 

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