Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the Cannabaceae family, which includes about 170 plant species, including hops.
It’s a common misconception that Hemp and Cannabis (or „Marijuana“) are different species of a plant. In fact, they couldn’t technically be considered separate plants at all. At the end of the day, for all their differences, both varieties are indeed cannabis.
While science doesn’t differentiate between Hemp and Cannabis, the law does. Legally, the key difference between the two is the chemical composition contained within each plant. Both can produce high amounts of CBD, but the defining characteristic is the content of the intoxicating cannabinoid known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Hemp refers to Cannabis Sativa plants that contain 0.2% THC or less. Medical/Recreational or “Marijuana” refers to Cannabis Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid plants that can contain up to 30% THC content.
However, CBD is always CBD; the CBD molecule and its associated pharmacology are the same, whether it comes from hemp or other varieties of the cannabis plant.