There’s a lot of confusion around the differences between the terms ‘weed’ and ‘cannabis‘. The word ‘weed’ is slang for ‘cannabis’, but there are other meanings, too.
Some associate the word with illegal drug use, while others see it as slang for ‘herb’. Let’s take a closer look at the origins of the words and how they relate to cannabis and weed.
The plant material used to make cannabis is commonly referred to as ‘marijuana’. This is the same plant that is used to produce hemp, which is used in the production of hemp seed oil, hemp seed protein and hemp fiber.
Cannabis has a long history of use and is growing in popularity again. The best way to understand the difference between cannabis and weed is to understand how they are produced.
Cannabis, also known as Marijuana, is a plant grown for its psychoactive effects for the purposes of intoxication.
It is a member of the cannabis family and grows from a flowering plant that produces flowers, which contain THC, the active substance. Weed, also known as Hemp, is the term used to describe the cannabis plant grown for its fiber.
While both come from the cannabis plant, one is used more commonly for medicinal purposes and the other is psychoactive. But the legal status of weed or marijuana is the same.
The History of cannabis and weed
Cannabis is the dried leaves of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp was the earliest known plant to be used for the growing of hemp.
Cannabis has been used since the stone age for medicinal purposes. The first known record of cannabis is from an Egyptian papyrus that dates back to 1550 BC. It was used for medicinal purposes and was also used to make rope and cloth.
The History of Cannabis and Weed Beginning in antiquity, cannabis has been used as an intoxicant in many cultures, and also for its medicinal properties. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese also used cannabis for its medicinal properties, and were the first to record its use as a medicine.
The first written documentation of the use of cannabis as a medicine was in the 6th century BC, in the Chinese book “Him Shui” (literally “History of Drugs”).
Its medicinal use spread throughout China and along trade routes, making its way to India, Arabia, and the Middle East. In the Indian subcontinent, cannabis was used to treat leprosy, and as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic from as early as the 5th century BC.
The Difference between CBD and THC?
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two different cannabinoid compounds that have been gaining in popularity since they were first discovered together almost 20 years ago.
As a wide range of studies show, both of these compounds relax our muscles and help with our mental health.
Most people are familiar with THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis), but very few are aware of CBD, which is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis, after THC.
CBD is a non-intoxicating compound, which has proven health benefits that can relieve pain, anxiety, depression, and a range of other medical conditions. CBD has recently emerged as a treatment for a number of conditions, including chronic pain, epilepsy, and even cancer.
How much THC does marijuana contain?
This week I’ve been trying to find out how much THC is in cannabis. I went onto a website that measures the THC levels in all sorts of different plants, and I’ve just found out that the THC levels are pretty much the same across the board.
Marijuana contains much more THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) than a cup of coffee. While an average cup of coffee contains about 5 mg of THC, an ounce of marijuana contains about 20-50 mg of THC.
At 20 to 100 milligrams per one gram of dried marijuana, marijuana ranges in potency from 1.5 to 10.0 percent THC.
What is hemp?
We all know that hemp has a long and storied history as an incredibly useful plant. It can be used to make everything from paper to rope to clothing and even comes from the same plant family as marijuana.
It is a psychoactive drug, meaning that it produces a psychological effect. It was cultivated as a crop from the oldest layers of archaeological sites at Çatalhöyük in the Kurdish region of Turkey, dating back to 8,000 BC. By the 11th century BCE, hemp was already cultivated in China and Europe.