Hemp, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa, is a plant species that is closely related to cannabis. While hemp and cannabis are both part of the same family, there is one key difference between them: hemp contains very low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the main psychoactive component of cannabis, and it is responsible for the “high” that people experience when they consume marijuana. Hemp, on the other hand, contains only trace amounts of THC, which means that it does not produce any psychoactive effects.
In addition to THC, both hemp and cannabis contain other cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabidivarin (CBDV), cannabigerol (CBG) and others. These compounds are responsible for many of the therapeutic effects associated with cannabis, such as pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. So, is hemp a type of drug? The answer is no. Hemp does not contain enough THC to produce any psychoactive effects, and it does not have any addictive properties.
However, hemp does contain other cannabinoids that can provide therapeutic benefits. Therefore, while hemp is not a drug in the traditional sense, it can still be used for medicinal purposes.