Hemp, marijuana, and cannabis are terms many people mistakingly use interchangeably. In the past this wasn’t really a problem because all of them were illegal to grow in the U.S. Recently, however, this has become somewhat of an issue. In 2014, hemp again became legal to grow in the U.S. and many people began to use it as a legal source to produce Cannabidiol oil (CBD). However, because these terms have been confused in the past many people think hemp will get you high like marijuana, but does hemp get you high? Absolutely not, allow us to explain.
Understanding Hemp: A Clear Definition
Most people are confused about hemp and many wonder if it really is a safe product to use for human consumption. It’s a good idea to have facts about any product prior to using it.
A clear and concise definition will foster informed choices and it will help people to make wise decisions. Throughout history, the hemp plant has mainly been cultivated for industrial purposes. It is a variety of Cannabis sativa species.
Hemp is a rapid growing plant, which makes it a great renewable resource. This form of cannabis has been around for at least 10,000 years and it is one of the first plants spun into the following usable fibers:
Today it still serves many industrial purposes. Although, due to recent discoveries of its beneficial properties, hemp has also become a legal source for CBD and other cannabinoids. This leads many misinformed people to believe that CBD can get you high. The fact of the matter is it can’t, as long as it comes from hemp and not marijuana. Let’s see what separates these two forms of cannabis.
How is Hemp Different than Marijuana?
To understand the main difference between the two, just look at the intoxicating effects. Yes, they are both types of Cannabis sativa. However, the word “hemp” refers to the non-intoxicating varieties of Cannabis sativa and the word “marijuana” refers to the intoxicating varieties of Cannabis sativa.
You may wonder, what makes one intoxicating and the other not? The answer is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the key active ingredient in marijuana that gets consumers “high”. Therefore, a threshold of 0.3% THC has been mandated to regulate one from another.
Consequently, if a cannabis plant has o.3% THC or less it is classified as hemp. For cannabis plants with THC amounts higher than 0.3%, they fall into the marijuana class. It’s true that marijuana and hemp both come from the same cannabis species. However, they are both distinct in terms of the following:
they way they are used
hemp has far less THC than marijuana
marijuana is illegal in many areas while hemp is legal
hemp has over 50,000 possible applications
they both have a different chemical makeup
Does Hemp Get You High?
Some people think because hemp has minuscule amounts of THC it will still get you high, like marijuana. The truth is, it will not get you high if you consume it. Remember, hemp is very low in THC and therefore it does not induce feelings of intoxication in any way.
Hemp may offer calming and relaxing effects for many people who use it. The term “high” can be translated in a variety of ways by different people. To clarify further, hemp will not make a person feel dazed or confused. There is no known heightened sensory perception by those who consume it and euphoria is not a side effect either.
It does not get people high because it’s not marijuana. Consuming hemp is a safe way for people to gain many or all the beneficial properties of cannabis, minus the “marijuana high”.