Are Hemp and Marijuana the Same?

De-bunking the biggest controversy that has made hemp ILLEGAL for 80-YEARS!

Short Answer: No, they are just both part of the Cannabis family

Hemp is different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application. But these differences didn’t stop our government from grouping all Cannabis species as a Schedule I Drug and banning it in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. Even after 45 years, the government still seems to have some confusion in distinguishing the two plants. Although legislation is being made, progress has been slow. In its application, hemp and marijuana serve completely different purposes. Marijuana, as it is widely known, is used for medicinal or recreational purposes. 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. 

So How Can You Actually Tell The Difference?

Hemp and marijuana can be differentiated by looking at its appearance, makeup, and natural adaptability. Marijuana and hemp have noticeable and contrasting differences.



Marijuana and high CBD hemp look strikingly compared to industrial hemp grown for seed and fiber. When you observe their leaves, marijuana’s shape tends to either be broad leafed, a tight bud, or look like a nugget with orange hairs.  Hemp, on the other hand, typically have skinnier leaves due to their Cannabis S. upbringing.  When you observe the plants from afar, CBD hemp and marijuana looks like a fat bush. Industrial hemp is typically skinnier and taller (up to 20 ft). At times, it almost looks like long ditch weed – hemp was actually found to grow among weeds in Nebraska, aka “ditch weed”. 

Chemical Makeup

The main difference between the two plants is in its chemical composition, specifically the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical responsible marijuana’s psycho-active properties. An average batch of marijuana contains anywhere from 5-20% THC content with some premium marijuana strains that can have up to 25-30% THC. Hemp, on the other hand, has a max THC level of 0.3%, essentially making it impossible to feel any psychoactive effect or get a “high”. This threshold is the standard in other countries that have legalized hemp as well. Our hemp is grown to have a high cannabidiol (CBD) content that is in turn converted into distallate, isolate and premium smokeable product.

Cultivation environment

The environment in which hemp and marijuana are grown is very similar. High CBD Hemp is grown typically 4′ apart on 6′ rows and are typically grown in large multi-acre plots. It can also grow in variety of climates and like outdoor grown marijuana, hemp typically is harvested in Sept-Oct. Unlike hemp, most marijuana is grown in a carefully controlled, warm, and humid atmosphere for proper growth. If, somehow, marijuana grows among (or close to) a hemp field, the hemp’s pollen would immediately ruin the marijuana crop, diluting marijuana’s psychoactive properties. Kimick Farms grows ONLY female hemp plants and closely monitors all plants for any signs of male pollen sacs.



Kimick Farms offers Federally Legal industrial Hemp that is registered with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, complies to Section 7606 of the 2014 US Farm Bill and is legal in all 50 states. Kimick Farms is an Oregon ODA registered hemp farm. The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. By using this site you agree to follow the Privacy Policy and all Terms & Conditions printed on this site. Void where Prohibited By Law.