It’s a new age! We live in a time when people are less content with accepting whatever propaganda is shoved down their throats. People have come to realize that ignorance is NOT bliss. Ignorance is disease. Ignorance is poverty. And what you don’t know CAN actually hurt you. No more naiveté. In this information age, skepticism is welcomed with an abundance of knowledge from every angle possible and most of the children of this age have resolved to no longer be manipulated by the “powers that be.”
Communicability is so much more possible today than it was just 10 years ago and we are more connected than ever before as a society. Culturally, this has impacted us on many fronts. It has changed how we interact with technology, how we get our news, and it has created a scenario where a plethora of information can be found supporting almost any notion that you can think of. It’s normally just a simple Google search or Alexa question away.
A movement in the Cannabis industry has been spawned, maybe not solely because of this, but it has certainly contributed.
In decades passed, people were more inclined to simply accept whatever they heard on television and that just simply isn’t the case any longer. People aren’t just forming their opinions about marijuana and hemp based on the “War on Drugs” that they have seen on 80’s political campaigns in the past. Now they are ready to be more educated and base their opinions and their votes on more sophisticated thoughts of more noble origins - in other words, facts.
People want the facts. They want the truth. They want the science. Prove it – that’s what they want. And let’s not be lazy in language here. They care about the details. After all, that’s where all the drama lies – in the details.
Are hemp and marijuana basically just the exact same thing? Isn’t it all just “pot?” Why were marijuana AND hemp banned in the first place? Are there benefits to consuming either or both? Don’t they just get you high? People want answers to these questions and in this day and age they aren’t going to just take one person’s word for it. They’re going to get the facts.
The short answer is no, hemp and marijuana are not the exact same thing, but they are both part of the cannabis family of plants. If you dig deeper, you’ll find that they have glaring differences. They look different, they are grown and cultivated differently, and they have a different chemical makeup. Hemp has less than .3% THC whereas marijuana has 5-35% THC.
“Pot” is a slang term used to describe the plant that Mexican refugees smoked recreationally in North America during and after the Mexican revolution. It comes from a Mexican word, potaguaya, and was certainly referring to marijuana specifically when it became colloquial. Even though hemp and marijuana are both Cannabis, hemp is not “pot” – marijuana is.
There are different speculations and conspiracy theories as to why cannabis of both kinds, hemp and marijuana, were banned. The most common answer that you will likely find is that some of North America’s bigger business tycoons lobbied to get the hemp industry shut down because hemp was their biggest competition.
There are certainly many documented benefits to consuming hemp derivatives, like CBD. There is so much research to be done in this area. Keep in mind that this plant has been unjustly demonized for the past 80 years or so and we have got a lot of catching up to do. It has just recently been vindicated via the 2018 Farm Bill. But all of our data to this point tends to show us remarkable promise for the future of this plant and how it is going to reclaim it’s rightful place amongst the plant gods as a friend and helper to the human race.
Remember, there are striking differences between hemp and marijuana in almost every category. One of the most important differences to note, at least legally speaking, is that marijuana has a drastically higher level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive chemical that can get you high) than hemp. Hemp THC levels are so low that they are almost insignificant. Bottom line, whether you like to get high or not, hemp isn’t where you want to go for your next fix. You want marijuana, a plant with a much different chemical makeup.
We aren’t here to argue the benefits or the ethics of medically prescribed marijuana. But we are here to make sure that everyone understands that there is a distinct difference between the 2 types of cannabis and that we clear the name of our long-lost hero: hemp. Welcome back, hemp. Welcome back.