By now you know that cannabis has been legalized for medicinal use in many states across the country. But what exactly does this mean? And how could it impact your health? What’s the difference marijuana, hemp and cannabis? Is it all just “weed?”
Marijuana and hemp both come from the same plant with the scientific name cannabis sativa. The difference is that hemp is bred to have only trace amounts of the psychoactive compound that makes people “high”— the cannabinoid called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years in various parts of the world for its health benefits. In the United States, it was made illegal back in the ’30s and ’40s because of concerns over its mind-altering effects. Only recently has the movement to allow cannabis use gained enough momentum to achieve various degrees of legalization in some areas.