What Is the Difference Between Hemp, Cannabis & Marijuana?

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Are you having trouble sorting out all the information (and sometimes misinformation) about marijuana, hemp, and cannabis?

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 22 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia have enacted measures to legalize and regulate cannabis for recreational, nonmedical use. While many U.S. adults are in favor of nationwide marijuana legalization, public knowledge about cannabis remains low.

At Kefla Organics, a family-owned confectionery that focuses on flavor, we produce a full lineup of certified organic full-spectrum CBD-infused products and ship them nationwide. Here, we discuss what you need to know when it comes to hemp, cannabis, and marijuana so you can make informed decisions about the products you buy.

Explaining Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana

The word “cannabis” refers to the plant Cannabis sativa. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, but there is a legal difference. Hemp is a mature cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), while marijuana contains a higher amount. CBD (cannabidiol) is another compound found in cannabis. There are hundreds of such compounds, which are termed cannabinoids. CBD can be extracted from both marijuana and hemp.

Hemp plants commonly have higher concentrations of CBD and can be used for many other applications, including paper, textiles, biofuel, food, and clothing.

What Is The Legal Status of Hemp & Marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana differ legally. Although more states are opting to legalize recreational marijuana, it remains illegal federally in the U.S. Additionally, by law, those in possession of marijuana in a legal weed state can still be punished under federal law, and traveling across state borders with marijuana is prohibited.

Hemp, on the other hand, is very much legal. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was made legal to grow and sell in the U.S. Because hemp-derived CBD products consist of THC levels that don’t surpass 0.3%, many might assume they should be federally legal. The politics surrounding hemp, cannabis, and marijuana can be just as confusing as understanding the terminology itself. For instance, people may assume cannabis is always referring to marijuana, but sometimes it means hemp.

What Hemp Extract Products Do We Sell?

At Kefla Organics, we are pleased to offer consumers certified organic, vegan-friendly full-spectrum CBD confections. We are dedicated to providing consumers with products that are not only effective but taste great as well. All our USDA organic CBD chocolates and CBD gummies are made from scratch at our confectionary in Louisville, Colorado. We use only the highest quality organic, plant-based ingredients when creating all our tasty products.

One of our company values is to remain transparent with our customers. We strive to continuously educate consumers about what’s in our products. A major component of our quality program includes providing third-party potency lab results from an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab for each batch of our USDA-certified organic full-spectrum chocolates, CBD gummies, and CBD oils.

We also strive to keep up with new developments in the legality of hemp and cannabis to ensure customers have peace of mind about purchasing our products. Our family hopes to share some of our love and joy with you through our products. Shop all our full-spectrum CBD-infused products today!