The Legal Difference between Marijuana and Hemp THC
Did you know that there is a big difference between marijuana and hemp when it comes to THC? Marijuana contains high levels of THC, while hemp contains very low levels of THC. In fact, the THC content in hemp tends to be so low that it cannot be used to get “high.” This is why hemp is federally legal, while marijuana is not. However, you can get high from hemp. In this article, we will discuss the legal differences between marijuana and hemp THC.
What is THC and what does it do in the body?
Marijuana and hemp are both forms of the Cannabis sativa plant, but they have different levels of THC. Marijuana has a higher level of THC, which is why it is federally illegal. Hemp is protected by the 2018 Farm Bill, which is why it is federally legal.
THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives users a “high.” THC binds to cannabinoid receptors throughout the brain and body. These receptors are found in the parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, movement, coordination, and time perception.
When THC enters the body, it produces a variety of effects. These effects include:
-Slower reaction times
-Anxiety or paranoia (in high doses)
-impaired short-term memory
THC can also increase heart rate and decrease blood pressure, which can lead to an increased risk of heart attack.
Long-term effects of THC include:
-Increased risk of psychosis
Marijuana use can also result in psychotic symptoms, such as:
People who have a history of mental illness in their family are at a higher risk for these symptoms.
The difference between marijuana and hemp THC
Marijuana and hemp are both plants from the Cannabis genus, but they are different in many ways. The most notable difference is the level of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive compound that produces the “high” associated with marijuana. Hemp has very low levels of THC, while marijuana can have levels as high as 30%.
Another difference is that hemp is taller and thinner than marijuana, with long, thin leaves. Marijuana is shorter and bushier, with wide leaves. Hemp also has a higher CBD to THC ratio than marijuana. CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce a “high.”
The legality of marijuana and hemp THC
Marijuana and hemp have been used for thousands of years, but only recently have people begun to question their legality. The main reason for this is the presence of THC in marijuana, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects that users experience. Hemp, on the other hand, contains very low levels of THC and does not produce a psychoactive response.
In the United States, marijuana is still federally illegal, while hemp is federally legal.
Marijuana and hemp are two different plants, and they have very different levels of THC. Marijuana contains high levels of THC, while hemp contains lesser amounts of THC, but can still get you high. The THC content in both marijuana and hemp is what gets people “high.” However, the THC content in hemp is also protected by the Farm Bill of 2018 which was signed into law by the president.
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