Cannabis, hemp, industrial hemp, CBD these are all common terms that we are starting to hear regularly in the media today. Do you know the difference between cannabis and hemp? Do you know what classifies a hemp cultivar as being Industrial Hemp? Do you know what CBD is and how it relates to hemp? Did you know that hemp is cannabis? These are some of the aspects that we are going to look at in this article and hope to clear the smokescreen surrounding any confusion related to them.

To understand what industrial hemp and CBD is and how they connect you must first understand what hemp is and what classifies hemp as being industrial. For starters, while it may seem confusing hemp that we use to build houses and make clothing is cannabis. So is the plant that produces psychoactive effects as well as potential medical benefits for patients around the world. Hemp, however, does not contain high quantities of particular cannabinoids such as the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Many other aspects of the two varieties of cannabis are quite similar in the essence that they contain vitamins, minerals and essential terpenes that also potentially offer many benefits.

What is Industrial Hemp?

So, what's the difference between hemp and industrial hemp? Industrial hemp in the United States and in Canada is classified as hemp cultivars that contain less than .3% THC. In the UK however, Industrial Hemp is classified as hemp cultivars that contain less than .2% THC. If they do not meet these criteria, they aren’t considered to be industrial hemp and are still highly illegal in many places.

Why is it so Hempsational?

Hemp is simply hempsational! Why you might ask? Simple, it can be used to produce thousands of different products while providing benefits to the environment, farmers, and the economy. Hemp is a phytoremediator meaning that it pulls toxins from the air and soil around it leaving the area in better agricultural health than before its harvest. Hemp also grows in as little as 3 months from seed to harvest meaning farmers can grow multiple crops a year in many environments.

Hemp is also very easy to grow and requires minimal pesticides and fertilizers if any. It also provides a high concentration of a cannabinoid known as cannabidiol or CBD for short. We will look at CBD and how the two intertwine later in this article. First let’s take a look at the many uses of hemp and some of the products it can be used to make.

The Many Uses of Hemp

When it comes to the many hempsational things that hemp can do, the number of products it can be utilized to make is simply outstanding! Here are a few!

  • Building Material (Hempcrete)
  • Plastics
  • Paper
  • Clothing
  • Rope
  • Fiberboard for Cars/Planes
  • Fuel

Hemp seeds are also a nutritious food that are high in amino acids and omegas. Additionally, many believe, and science suggests that CBD from hemp can offer a multitude of benefits to mammals both human and of the furry four-legged sorts alike through the endocannabinoid system found in all mammals.

What is CBD?

CBD is a phytocannabinoid found in medical cannabis and industrial hemp plants. CBD is highly concentrated in industrial hemp, however, the parts per million of CBD in hemp is much less than the PPM of CBD from medical cannabis. What you need to know is that CBD when introduced to the body has the potential to offer some amazing benefits. These benefits are a result of two-way communication being opened up throughout the body between nerves and cells. This communication occurs when cannabinoids such as CBD activate cannabinoid receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system found in the body of every mammal known to humankind.

Why the Two Go Hand and Hand

Today you can find thousands of different products on the market infused with CBD. The market itself is a multibillion dollar one that is seeing substantial growth. So where is all of that CBD coming from? If you guessed industrial hemp, you guessed correctly. Industrial hemp officially became legal in the US with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. If it were not for industrial hemp, the success that CBD has seen may not be.