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Hi, and welcome to Hempsphere™.

Hempsphere is all about providing accurate, reliable information about hemp, hemp extract oil, and isolates: what they are, what they’re not, and what they can (really) do.

We want to debunk common myths and misconceptions about hemp extract oil and isolates, to help people truly understand these increasingly popular products and what they might be able to do for them.

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What is hemp?

Hemp is technically another name for Cannabis, though it is most often used to refer to varieties of Cannabis that are grown for non-drug purposes (such as Cannabis sativa).

How is hemp used?

Hemp has a variety of uses, and earliest use dates back to around 8,000 B.C.

Over the years, hemp has been used to produce things like:

  • Rope
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Paper
  • Construction materials
  • Protein powder

Hemp has also played medicinal, cultural and even religious roles in both ancient and modern times.

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In Colonial America, farmers were required to devote some of their land to growing hemp, because of its extreme usefulness for making strong and durable rope, cordage, and clothing.

Is hemp the same thing as marijuana?
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Short answer: no, hemp is not the same thing as marijuana.

Hemp and marijuana are both within the Cannabis genus (and technically, both can come from the Cannabis sativa species), but they are distinct plants in appearance, genetic makeup, and use.

The most important distinction comes when you compare the amounts of certain cannabinoids the two plants contain. The cannabinoid “fingerprints” of hemp and marijuana are very different, which causes them to affect the body in different ways.

We’ll go into cannabinoids in more depth later, but for now, you should know about two of the most well-known cannabinoids found in Cannabis plants: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).

Cannabidiol (CBD): A non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, which may have several health benefits.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): A psychoactive compound found in cannabis. This is what gets people “high” when they use products with significant amounts of THC (like marijuana).

Both marijuana and hemp contain CBD, but while marijuana also contains a significant amount of THC, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less).

This means that while marijuana has psychoactive effects (that is, it can get you "high"), hemp does not.


The main distinction between hemp and marijuana: marijuana contains significant amounts of THC (a psychoactive compound), and hemp contains only trace amounts. In other words, hemp isn’t taken for the “high” effect.