There’s more to cannabis, marijuana, and hemp than being used as word-substitutes, one for the other. But there are differences among these three. And we’re here to give you a closer look at what they are, for you to know more about the herbs you vape.
Click for more info about the right vape for the right cannabis product here, and find out what cannabis, marijuana, and hemp are. More importantly, about what they can do for your overall well-being.
What Is Cannabis?
Cannabis is what is scientifically defined as the “genus” of the cannabis plant. It is in itself the plant from which different varieties of the same branch out from. Under its umbrella include the three most prominent varieties, namely Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. The debate for whether there are significant differences among the three are still on the table. But more on the plant itself for now.
“Genus” is the word used for classifying organisms in the context of biological species. It’s a rank of the taxonomic type which implies “closely linked characteristics”. For instance, Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis belong to the genus “cannabis”.
Parts of the cannabis plant, whether its flowers, seeds, leaves, and/or stem are used for their medicinal benefits. And all three categories abovementioned are known to have both CBD and THC, among over four hundred naturally occurring chemical components. There are lots of reasons why you should cultivate your own cannabis! If you are willing to do so, check out some of the best cannabis seed banks right now!
What Is Marijuana?
Marijuana refers to said parts of the cannabis plant which are made into dried products that can be absorbed by the body. Topicals, oils, and creams are infused with marijuana. And herbs in themselves can be vaped as they are.
These dried herbs are either sourced from Cannabis Indica or Cannabis Sativa. This is because Ruderalis has been deliberated to contain too-high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol. So much that it may not be safe for consumption of the general population. As such, Ruderalis is completely illegal in many parts of the world. However, Indica and Sativa are said to have average amounts of THC, making them safe for ingestion and/or inhalation, through monitored dosages and vaping intensities.
What Is Hemp?
Speaking on the technical side, “hemp” is a cannabis strain that has a THC level of 0.3% or less. This depends on how said strain is cultivated. Also called “industrial hemp”, its origin is linked to this strain have edible seeds. Plus, its fibres are utilized in manufacturing industrial rope. By the way, the cannabis strain from which hemp is taken is different from that in which marijuana (or hashish) is collected.
Nonetheless, it still lets the central nervous system react to its psychoactive effects when directly vaped.
Hemp seeds are a good source of magnesium, protein, and healthy fibres. The oil extracted from them are very aromatic— a reason why hemp-enthusiasts choose this strain. Even if its oils produce a lower “vape-point” in comparison to other strains, its aroma is what differentiates it from the rest.