When trying to figure out the differences between cannabis and hemp. It's important to understand one simple thing, that: Hemp and Cannabis come from the same plant....just different parts. A variety of factors determine whether you may call one hemp or cannabis. I'm sure you've heard it all. From “hemp plants are male and cannabis plants are female” to “cannabis is a drug and the other is not” are incorrectly being preached as common knowledge to unknowing bystanders. So, how are these terms supposed to be used?
With the obvious lack of education on the cannabis plant for the masses. Government,Big Harmaceuticals and other devious entities have used prohibition to demonize cannabis for decades. Why, you may ask? Lets first get into some details about hemp and cannabis.
According to a study published by the International Association of Plant Taxonomy concluded “both hemp varieties and marijuana varieties are of the same genus, Cannabis, and the same species, Cannabis Sativa. Further, there are countless varieties that fall into further classifications within the species Cannabis Sativa.”
However, depending on how the plant is grown or utilized will determine which is correct. For example, the term cannabis (or marijuana) is used when talking about a Cannabis Sativa plant that is grown for its potent, resinous glands (known as trichomes). These trichomes contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid most known for its psychoactive properties.
Hemp, on the other hand, is used to describe a Cannabis Sativa plant that contains very small amounts of THC. Hemp is a tall-growing plant, usually bred for industrial uses such as oils and topical ointments, as well as fiber for clothing, construction, fuel and much more.
Only products made from industrial hemp (less than 0.3% THC) are legal to sell, buy, consume, and ship. This single factor (0.3%) is how most people distinguish between what is classified as “hemp” and what is classified as “cannabis.”
Hemp and Food Studies have shown consumption of raw hemp seeds can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, accelerate weight loss, improve one’s immune system, control blood sugar levels, and even reduce inflammation. This makes hemp seeds extremely nutritious and valuable. They contain essential amino acids and fatty-acids.
In its raw form, hemp has the second highest amount of protein of any food (soy being the highest). However, because the hemp seed’s protein more closely resembles the protein found in human blood, it is much easier to digest than soy protein.
Hemp seeds can be eaten whole, pressed into oil, or ground into flour for baking.
Hemp seeds have provided us with combustible fuel/oil throughout our human history. Big Oil companies would never wanted us to know this information.
Basically, hemp can provide two types of fuel:
1. Hemp biodiesel – made from the oil of the (pressed) hemp seed.
2. Hemp ethanol/methanol – made from the fermented stalk.
The concept of using oil derived from vegetables as an engine fuel is nothing new. In 1895, Dr. Rudolf Diesel developed the first diesel engine to run on vegetable oil — peanut oil to be exact. When you press the hemp seeds and extract the oil, you are actually creating hemp biodiesel. Additionally, through processes such as gasification, hemp can be used to make both ethanol and methanol.
Hemp seed oil vs cannabis oil: Are they the same?
The simple answer to the question above is no. Hemp seed oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of the female cannabis hemp plant. The hemp oil extracted is really nutritious. For instance, hemp seed oil contains double the levels of omega 3 found in olive oil and at half the calories.
However, unlike whole-plant cannabis oil, hemp seed oil doesn't contain any active cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are the main compounds found in the cannabis plant that have anti-cancer properties. So, hemp seed oil is considered to be more of a dietary supplement than a medicine designed to battle cancer. Patients looking to treat various forms of cancer or other ailments will want to look into whole-plant cannabis oil treatments like. (Rick Simpson Oil).
Our article on Rick Simpson and how to make his oil to fight cancer.