Marijuana is Cannabis
Are you confused about all the information online about Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana? That’s only natural. Dozens of websites spread fake news. Have you read about the differences between Cannabis and Marijuana?
That’s one of the oldest confusions out there.
Cannabis and Marijuana are the same. Marijuana is just the Mexican slur for Cannabis. It grew in popularity in the US to alienate the public from Cannabis. It’s racism embedded in discourse.
Cannabis and Marijuana are interchangeable. This article doesn’t deal with false comparisons.
Keep reading to find out how hemp fits in the bigger picture.
Hemp is also Cannabis
Believe it or not, Hemp plants are also part of the Cannabis family. That’s right. Your great-grandma was wearing clothes made from Cannabis. Well, Hemp to be precise.
Cannabis includes a broad family of plants — It has many different strains. Hemp is just another strain.
What’s the difference between Cannabis strains?
One of the popular ways in which we make distinctions between Cannabis strains is the THC content. THC is the ingredient in Cannabis that gets you “high”. Naturally, Cannabis users compare strains regarding how “high” they can get them. Being high isn’t just a matter of how much; it has many more variables and distinct effects.
That’s why Cannabis Cup competitions exist. Growers compete to see who has the best Cannabis strain. The Cannabis Cup competition categories from 2004 include:
- Overall Cannabis Cup
- Indica Cup
- Sativa Cup
- Import Hash cup
Note that after 2004, the categories get more detailed and are expanded. But for the sake of simplicity we’ve left them out.
How do you compare Marijuana and Hemp?
The key to this question lies partly in the last paragraph. It is about the THC content in the end. Today, when someone talks about Marijuana, they are talking about Cannabis that is rich in THC.
When you go to a Coffee shop in Denver, you ask about strains that will get you high or stoned. Some of those strains are strong enough to put you to sleep on the spot.
Hemp is a different story. The most popular hemp strains today are known as Industrial Hemp.
Hemp is considered industrial when its THC content is less than 0.3%. What that practically means is that there is no way to get high from smoking hemp. You’ll burn your lungs and get red eyes from the smoke if you try to smoke it.
Note that the word industrial doesn’t imply that the hemp has been grown in a dirty factory. It has nothing to do with the source of the hemp. It refers to the purpose of hemp. It has many uses in different industries.
You can make it into clothes, ropes, shoes, paper, biofuel. That’s all because of the sturdy fabric of the hemp stalks.
Visually Hemp and Marijuana are different. When you see an Indica Marijuana strain— it’s short, wide, has dark green leaves. It has many buds that are covered in resin. Many leaves collect sunlight.
Hemp, on the other hand, has lighter green leaves. The leaves are also thinner and rarer. There is much more stalk material in hemp plants than there is in Marijuana plants.
Both Marijuana and Hemp have medicinal qualities
You probably know that medicinal Marijuana is a medical form of Cannabis plant. It has qualities that suppress chronic pain, anxiety, depression. It boosts your appetite and can relax you deeply. You can get these effects just by smoking Marijuana.
Hemp can also give you the same results, thanks to the technology of the day. Hemp is rich in CBD, a compound in the hemp plant with many benefits. The CBD can be extracted from the hemp and infused into other products like oils, capsules, pills and many more. This way, you can get most of the Marijuana benefits, with none of the psychoactive effects.
It’s all Cannabis in the end
As discussed earlier, Cannabis is the name for a whole family of plants. It includes many different strains that we compare by their THC content. Hemp is a strain of Cannabis that has less than 0.3% of Cannabis. It has no psychoactive effects but many health benefits. It’s widely used in many industries. Marijuana, on the other hand, is also Cannabis. Usually, by Marijuana, we refer to Cannabis strains that are high in THC content. Recreational Marijuana strains have more than 20% THC often.
Vape and cigarettes
In recent years vaping has been getting more and more popular. It is advertised as a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. But is that really the case? Undoubtedly cigarettes are one of the most harmful things you could smoke. When you burn the tobacco itself and inhale it a process known as combustion occurs. What it means for you is that you inhale tar, which consists of hundreds of harmful chemicals. Tar is what kills regular smokers. OK, but you didn’t come to read about cigarettes, so let’s get to the vaping part.
Vaping – the safer choice
Vaping itself is 95% healthier than smoking cigarettes. At least this is what Public Health England says. What exactly is does 1% healthier means we will never know. But what we do know is that when you vape, there is no tobacco, no combustion process, and no tar. Instead, there is a nicotine liquid dosed in cartridges which you vaporize and inhale. Overall e-cigarettes are a much safer option than real cigarettes. Now, without further ado let’s throw in CBD into the mix.
CBD vape juice – how does it work?
The short answer is that it works like any other regular vape juice. Usually, it comes in cartridges which are ready for consumption. You only have to change them from time to time. It might also be the case that you have the liquid in a container and you have to fill it in your vape cartridge yourself. That’s pretty much the only hard part. You also need to maintain your vaping device in good order.
Why vape CBD?
Vaping CBD is a relatively new way to do it but it has proven to be one of the best for you. It surpasses all others in its speed and efficiency. You feel the need for CBD, you pick up your device and take a few puffs – done. Regarding its bio availability – CBD vapor is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to administer CBD.
Is vaping CBD safe?
Generally – yes. If you consider vaping to be safe and CBD to be safe, then if you combine the two the result is also safe. Keep in mind that the human body is not designed for any smoke. Whatever you inhale and put in your lungs will have an effect in the long term. Be it cigarettes, vapes, shishas. But in general vaping is considered the safest way to smoke today. More research is always welcome on the topic.
What are the risks of CBD vape juice?
- The biggest risks with vaping come from your e-liquid. If everything is in order, then it should only consist of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG) up to 95%. PG and VG are your main liquid solvent. These two affect things like viscosity, vapor density, vapor temperature, flavor intensity, risks of allergies, gunk build up, etc.
- The other part should be your natural flavor of choice. In this case, it should be the CBD vape extract. The problems arise when you buy e-liquids from untrusted sources. There’s the potential to have many harmful chemicals in your mixture. This could be very dangerous for your health. So the advice is to always buy your CBD juice from a trusted company. Do your own research, read reviews, check lab reports. It all adds up to your safety as a consumer.
- Another thing that you need to consider is the dosage. There are different CBD vape juices in their density. It’s always a sound tactic to build your way up from smaller dosages until you find your sweet spot. There are usually 250-260 puffs in one .5 ml 250 mg cart. A 2-second puff is roughly 1 mg of CBD that you vape. For an adult with a mild condition, you might need about 6 to 8 mg to start with.
- There are some minor side effects of CBD vape, that mainly occur when you take a dose that is too high. Side effects include drowsiness, red eyes, anxiety, etc. Nothing too serious really, and if you experience them, just lower your dose next time.
Vaping CBD is a safe and reliable way to administer CBD in your body. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to do so, and the smoke looks cool. You need to be careful with your dosage. Start small and build up until you feel the effects. Always buy CBD vape liquids from a safe and reliable source. Make a safe choice and don’t gamble with your health.