Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L, It is completely different from marijuana in its’ function, cultivation and application, as well it can be separated into male and female plants.
Hemp doesn’t produce high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana, but it is capable of producing the non-intoxicating and medicinally rich cannabidiol (CBD) in high concentrations.
Hemp is used in variety of other applications that marijuana couldn’t possibly be used in. These include healthy dietary supplements, skin products, clothing, and accessories. Overall, hemp is known to have over 25,000 possible applications.
Another big difference is that the environment in which hemp and marijuana are grown is strikingly different. Hemp is grown closely together (as close as 4 inches apart) and are typically grown in large multi-acre plots. It can also grow in variety of climates and its growth cycle is 108-120 days. Unlike hemp, marijuana requires a carefully controlled, warm, and humid atmosphere for proper growth. Its growth cycle is only 60-90 days. With so many potential uses and benefits to the hemp plant it is undeniable that this highly renewable resource has a very big future ahead.