Hemp vs Cannabis vs Marijuana Explained

Cannabis, marijuana and hemp: what’s the difference?

If you’re feeling confused over the numerous words for cannabis, you’re not alone. In this article we’re looking at the difference between some common cannabis-related terms and how they relate to CBD.

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*Due to differences in legal regulations of hemp cultivation, European plants contain <0.2% THC while US plants contain <0.3%. All the products you find on The Chillery have THC levels <0.2%.


Cannabis is the name given to a family of plants with two species: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Marijuana is a plant that can be a member of both classifications while hemp is only a member of the Cannabis Sativa family.

Hemp is cultivated for non-drug use as its chemical makeup consists of <1% THC, which means hemp won’t get you high, and as well as being used as a source of CBD, it has a variety of other uses, with its fibre being utilised for everything from clothing to building materials.

Marijuana is cultivated for use as a recreational drug (as well as for medicinal purposes in some parts of the world). These plants contain high levels of THC - from 5-35%.

CBD and THC are compounds found in both hemp and marijuana plants (the cannabis family) and we dive into these in more detail here. But the key difference is that hemp is high in CBD and low in THC while marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD.

The oils

It’s also important to be aware that there are different oils available from the cannabis plant, and they’re not interchangeable. CBD oil is the substance believed to offer all manner of miraculous health benefits. Hemp oil or hemp seed oil, though touted as a superfood, contains no cannabinoids (including CBD).

Know what you’re buying

Hopefully this has cleared up the differences between the various cannabis-derived products you’ll find on the market today. At The Chillery, we’re here to help you navigate the world of CBD with our carefully curated collection of high-quality CBD products you can trust. The CBD industry is still in its infancy, with minimal regulation, so it’s important that you can be sure you’re buying a product you can safely incorporate into your daily wellness routine for an amazing array of potential health benefits.


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