Marijuana stocks are soaring because of recent changes to how hemp is regulated in the United States. That’s got everyone asking: What are the top marijuana stocks to buy in 2019? In order to understand the impact from hemp deregulation on marijuana companies, it’s useful to understand how marijuana and hemp are different.
Same but different
Marijuana is the dried flower of the female cannabis plant, and it can come from either the cannabis indica or cannabis sativa species. Hemp is only a member of the cannabis sativa family.
Although marijuana and hemp can both come from the cannabis sativa family, they’re distinctly different. Marijuana is bushier with broader leaves, while hemp is leaner with shinier leaves.
It’s differences in their chemical composition that really set them apart, though.
More than 100 chemical cannabinoids are found in cannabis, but the amount of these cannabinoids differs dramatically between hemp and marijuana.