Types of Cannabis

The Cannabis plant has three main classifications in total. Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa are the most common. The third type is known as Cannabis Ruderalis.  Compared to Sativa and Indica, Cannabis Ruderalis is rare.  113+ cannabinoids, in total, have been identified in these types so far.

Cannabis Sativa has two further classifications known as Hemp and Marijuana.  Marijuana is a purely THC dominant strain.  Hemp, on the other hand, is a CBD dominant strain containing less than 0.3THC.

Differences & Similarities; CBD & THC
  • Industrial hemp plants are a source of Hemp-derived Cannabidiol.  Industrial Hemp tends to differ from marijuana plants in appearance.  They are often skinny and scarce in foliage. The differentiating factor between Hemp and Marijuana is the level of THC. Under federal law, the hemp plant cannot contain more than 0.3% THC.

    • Marijuana plants are a source of Marijuana-derived Cannabidiol and have thick, lush foliage and flowers. Growing Marijuana is generally for its intoxicating properties.  The U.S. government defines marijuana plants as those which contain more than 0.3% THC.
    • Cannabidiol extracted from hemp or marijuana, remains identical on a molecular level.  However, despite the identical molecular, there are two main factors that differentiate CBD.  One molecular is psychoactive and the other is not.
  • Since CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid CBD won’t get you high. Cannabidiol relaxes the body or makes you feel less anxious.

    However, Delta-8 THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid with a psychedelic potential.