The Basics: What is hemp?

When you’re looking to get THC delivery, did you know that hemp would be included in this category? Most people don’t know the difference between hemp and cannabis, and it shows. Hint: It’s just a number. Dispensaries in Canada have come a long way from when hemp was first introduced to the Canadian market over 20 years ago, a time long before we could order weed online and get same day delivery.

According to the Canadian government, the classification of hemp states, “Cannabis plants and plant parts, of any variety, that contains 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less in the leaves and flowering heads.” It’s a common misconception that hemp and weed are two different things when in fact, they are actually the same flower plant. Scientifically speaking, it is one and the same. Only the law differentiates between hemp and marijuana, with the key difference being the THC content.


Hemp History

In the late 90’s, the concept of buying marijuana online was never even a notion at this point in time. So when growing industrial hemp was legalized in Canada in 1998, it was only permitted because of how minimal amounts of THC were found in hemp. Research conducted between 1994 and 1998 showed that it could be successfully grown in Canada as a separate entity from marijuana. As a result of the research (and increasing demand), Health Canada gave the agricultural and industrial sectors the opportunity to grow and exploit hemp in a controlled fashion. Laws had become amended to allow for the cultivation of industrial hemp. Thank you for paving the way to let us buy weed in Canada!

So where did 0.3% come from? Simple answer: arbitrarily. A group of Canadian researchers trying to differentiate between recreational marijuana cultivars and hemp cultivars chose the 0.3-percent THC limit as a baseline for their botanical studies. The author of The Species Problem in Cannabis, Science and Semantics, Dr. Ernest Small, first proposed the 0.3% rule as a possible solution to distinguish between cannabis and hemp but he acknowledged that it was an arbitrary number.

This level of 0.3% THC is now used in the European Economic Community and Canada as a criterion for authorization of cultivation.

What can hemp be used for?

Browsing through Canada weed websites, hemp can be used for an abundance of things. Fibre from stalks can be used in making paper, textiles, rope or twine, and construction materials. Grain from industrial hemp can be used in food products, cosmetics, plastics, and fuel. Because hemp grows faster than trees and other crops, it’s considered to be a more sustainable way of making products like paper and textiles.

Hemp seeds have become quite popular in today’s health culture and many people consider it to be a superfood. The seeds have a rich nutritional profile and provide a range of health benefits; it is rich in protein, fibre, and healthful fatty acids, including omega-3s and omega-6s. They also have antioxidant effects and may reduce symptoms of numerous ailments, improving the health of the heart, skin, and joints. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of cannabis and exercise, check out this article.

Can you smoke hemp?

Technically yes. However, if you get hemp cannabis online, know that while hemp does have some number of intoxicating compounds, it doesn’t mean it will get you high. Hemp does not produce enough THC to get you high. If you’re not trying to get high, smoking hemp can be a way to experience other cannabinoids like CBD. Hemp doesn’t produce a significant amount of THC, but it is still capable of producing the non-intoxicating cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) in high concentrations.

Weed Delivery Canada-Wide

Hemp-derived CBD is becoming very popular in the market so if you want to try it for yourself, make sure to check out Black Rabbit’s menu to find the MOTA Green Balm.

Black Rabbit has same day weed delivery in Toronto, Mississauga, and 14 other regions across the GTA. Live outside the GTA? Don’t worry, weed delivery Canada-wide is now available through our new mail order program. See you down the rabbit hole!

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