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What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Let’s go back to our definitions: Cannabis is the plant genus; “Hemp” and “Marijuana” refer to different expressions of the plant. While both hemp and marijuana share the same cannabis sativa name, they have different biochemical properties. There are also different expressions within the hemp designation, but they all share a simple legal definition: They contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Marijuana is any cannabis plant that produces more than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound.

Hemp is also referred to as industrial hemp, which can add even more confusion. It is a purely legal term but is a fitting name for the hemp plant which has many commercial applications including house insulation, paper making, animal bedding, fabric, rope, and also as a biofuel. While all hemp shares the legal definition of <0.3% THC, not all hemp produces large amounts of CBD. Frogsong Farm’s craft hemp is bred to produce high quantities of CBD and low THC in its beautiful organically grown flowers.

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