Cannabis, Hemp, Marijuana, What’s the Real Difference?

One of our most commonly asked questions is what differentiates hemp and marijuana. Currently hemp, marijuana, Cannabis, and even “Green” for that matter,  get thrown around interchangeably. But the truth is, these are all very different. We’ll break it down for you in this blog.


Consider Cannabis as the star on top of the family tree. Both hemp and marijuana are of the same genus (Cannabis) but are completely different plants. Cannabis consists of two classifications, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. Marijuana is a member of both the Cannabis Sativa and Indica family, while hemp is made from only Cannabis Sativa designed to produce very high levels of CBD and low levels of THC.


    So where does CBD come in?

    Cannabis plants contain both THC, and CBD. Marijuana is rich with THC, while hemp has extremely low levels — 0.3% or below.

    Misconceptions around hemp arise when it’s associated with THC, but because it has such low concentrations of THC, it is non-psychoactive (meaning it will not get you high). For those who are concerned about the levels of THC in their CBD products and potential drug test implications, Resilience offers two CBD Oils, a Full Spectrum with 0.3% THC and an Isolate Oil which is 100% THC-Free.

    How else is Hemp different?

    Aside from its chemical makeup, cultivation and appearance, hemp also drastically differs from marijuana in terms of uses. While marijuana is widely recognized for a recreational and medical uses, hemp is used for anything from foods (hemp oil), textiles, skin care, and of course, its powerful medicinal benefits when used as a topical or dietary supplement.

    Why is Resilience Hemp the Best Choice?

    All Resilience CBD products are derived from organic, non-GMO hemp grown in the USA. The Resilience Team began doing their research and working with experts across multiple industries to develop the best proprietary formulations that maximized the effectiveness of CBD to promote health, happiness, and vitality. We have a constant focus on Research and Development – discovering more effective integrations of CBD supplements for athletes – ensuring you can push your body’s mental and physical limits while maintaining the necessary balance. 

    For any other CBD questions, refer to our Comprehensive Guide To CBD for Athletes, CBD FAQs, or feel free to reach out to us.