What you need to know about cannabis terms
Not all cannabis is created equal. Here’s a primer:
Marijuana is the better-known variety of the cannabis plant. Though legal in some states for medical and recreational use, the federal government considers it a controlled substance. It has high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.
Hemp also comes from the green, leafy cannabis plant, but has low levels of THC. It won’t get users high. It’s used for industrial products, such as ropes and construction materials. It can also be turned into consumable products, like protein powder for smoothies. The federal government legalized hemp with the passage of the farm bill. It defined hemp as having no more than 0.3 percent of THC.
CBD is the shorter name for cannabidiol, a compound in the cannabis plant. It can be infused into lotions, gummies and