Cannabis and Hemp Plant Differences

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Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are composed of THC, CBD, THC-V, CBN, and CBG. Almost everyone will recognize THC and CBD, but the other compounds are less well known. Both Sativa and Indica strains produce flowers with a THC content of between 10 and 30%, on the other hand in its composition of CBD, except the latest cannabis seeds with high CBD content created by banks, hemp has naturally a higher percentage of cannabidiol. Other compounds are found in Indica and Sativa plants in greater proportions than their cousin hemp, such as terpenes. Terpenes play an important role in the taste that floods our palate, the smell that invades the room, and the overall effect that we feel. In this article, we discuss some of the cannabis and Hemp Plant Differences.

Cannabis and Hemp Plant Differences

Here are some of the main Cannabis and Hemp Plant Differences:

Uses of cannabis

Cannabis use can be divided into three categories: medicinal, recreational, and spiritual. Humans have used cannabis plants for any of these three reasons for thousands of years, and we still do today.

  • Marijuana is beneficial in the treatment of cancer, PTSD, bipolar disorder, asthma, insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and well other diseases. Countless clinical trials have shown that cannabis from Indica and Sativa strains works at different levels, depending on the amounts of THC and CBD it contains.
  • Recreationally,we like to enjoy the euphoria. This is why the recreational side of cannabis is such a booming business. Many of us use the weed after a long day or with a group of friends for the sole purpose of enjoying it. Few countries allow recreational use of cannabis, but awareness is growing and the potential for a better understanding of cannabis is on the horizon.
  • People also use marijuana for spiritual reasons. This can be seen in cultures from yesterday to today. Whether through cultural practices or personal beliefs, cannabis has played an important role in spirituality.


The countries that allow or partially allow cannabis are the United States, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, Peru, Uruguay, and South Africa, etc.

Uses of Hemp

It might seem confusing at first, but hemp is a subspecies of Cannabis sativa. The significant difference between hemp (C. Sativa ssp. Sativa) and Cannabis sativa is in the way it has been bred over the years for its specific qualities.

  • Hemp is distinguished by its extremely tall stature, long, slender leaves, and thick, mature stem. Considering that this is a subspecies of Cannabis sativa, it also possesses the qualities of these strains.
  • Hemp plants have a similar growth pattern to Indica and Sativa varieties, which generally take 4 months to reach full maturity. The buds found in hemp are very similar to those of the Sativa variety, which can be described as long and lance-shaped. Its origin makes it sufficiently tolerant of heat and able to withstand moisture.


Currently, the United States, Spain, France, Australia, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and 22 other countries allow the production of industrial hemp.

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