Cannabis: Hemp Vs Marijuana, understanding the difference.

Posted by Thrive Well on 31st Dec 2019

Cannabis: Hemp Vs Marijuana, understanding the difference.

Cannabis: Hemp Vs Marijuana, understanding the difference.

One of the biggest concerns we have within this industry is the amount of misinformation being passed

around without any factual basis. Not only is this harmful to the people receiving the information, it is

damaging to this industry as a whole. With mass amounts of misinformation, many are reluctant to

engage and use products simply because they cannot find the truth!


Thrive Well is dedicated to educating the masses on this amazing plant we call cannabis as well as the

products that are made and how they can be beneficial to your lifestyle. Before knowing what products

will work for you, it is important that you have a true understanding of the plant and what it offers.

Now, we won’t try to explain everything in the one blog. There is a large amount of information with

many topics that will have subtopics; and all of that information is extremely important.


For today, we are going to outline a few basic terms and correct some of the misunderstandings of some

terms and there relative meaning. We designed this flow chart to help explain things a little easier.

As you can see in the chart both “marijuana” and “hemp”: are in the same genus: Cannabis. The term

“marijuana” is a term that was created to cause a negative connotation in many during the prohibition.

The term “hemp” is also not a scientific name. This term was applied by the government to refer to

industrially-produced cannabis that meets certain guidelines and regulations. This is where the hemp

industry is created.

THC Levels and Limits: 

Most of the products we see in retail stores across this country are “hemp derived” products. To be

classified as hemp, the levels of THC must be at or below 0.3% THC. These numbers may change over

time as many are pushing for an increase in legal amounts of THC. The legal amount currently allowed in

“hemp” is not enough for anyone to experience what society would consider being “high.”


As you can see at the bottom of the chart, cannabis produces cannabinoids (major and minor) as well as

terpenes. Many different products contain different formulations of these byproducts from the plant.

The cannabinoid that so many are starting to hear about is cannabidiol, or “CBD.”


CBD has been most commonly used for seizure disorders (epilepsy). It has also been used for anxiety,

pain, a muscle disorder called dystonia, Parkinson disease, Crohn disease, and many other conditions.

However, there are no scientific studies to support these uses.

Cannabidiol has effects on our brain. The exact cause of these effects is still unclear. However, CBD

seems to prevent the breakdown of certain receptors and chemicals in our brain that affect pain, mood,

and mental function. Preventing the breakdown of this chemical and increasing its levels in our blood

seems to reduce psychotic symptoms associated with conditions like schizophrenia. CBD may also block

some of the psychoactive effects of THC.


Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Most are

familiar with this compound as what will get you “high.” THC has been proven to have many medical

uses. Many that undergo cancer chemotherapy experience relieve from nausea and vomiting from using

high doses of THC. There are also records of THC helping with neuropathic pain and even depression.

Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in cannabis and are very similar to the chemicals the body makes

that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain. Research is showing more and more how

cannabinoids may help reduce anxiety, reduce inflammation and relieve pain, control nausea and

vomiting caused by chemotherapy, kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth, relax tight muscles in people

with multiple sclerosis, and stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS.

It is not clear as to what particular formulations work for which issues/ailment as there is a lack of

scientific studies. However, it is widely known that these products are helping many people throughout

the world! Now THAT is something that we can all be excited about!


No two people are alike. Our minds react differently to the things in our lives and our bodies react

differently to the things we consume and even the medications we take. Cannabis is no different. One

needs to explore how different terpenes and cannabinoids can help them.

Over the next few blogs, we will be diving into the different cannabinoids and terpenes and how they

are beneficial to our bodies. To better understand which ones can benefit us, we must first understand

what they are working with to actually provide those benefits.

Join us next time as we dive into the system that you probably didn’t even know you had: The

Endocannabinoid System

-Thrive Well