Are Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana Interchangeable Terms?

Are Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana Interchangeable Terms?

Let’s get it straight right off the bat: no, cannabis, hemp, and marijuana are not interchangeable terms. 

However, they are all three related in interesting ways. It is essential knowledge for any cannabis user to know what each of these three terms means. 

For a quick and easy lesson about the meanings of all three terms, keep reading. 

Cannabis Defined

Cannabis is a plant that comes in different varieties. 

Two of these varieties includes marijuana and hemp. 

Cannabis contains plenty of “cannabinoids”, which are chemical compounds that are responsible for a wide range of effects. 

So, everything from CBD sleep aid to a THC psychoactive experience is due to cannabinoids. 

What Is Hemp? 

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that contains a THC content of less that 0.3%. 

This is crucial to understand, because it is the THC content that inspired Congress to federally legalize hemp production in the United States. That was done five years ago with the passing of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. 

Hemp of course has plenty of uses beyond CBD products. Hemp can be used to make rope and paper, as just a few examples. 

Marijuana Is a Variety of the Cannabis Plant

Marijuana has a THC level that is above 0.3%. 

THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychoactive effects of a “high.” 

Of course, marijuana has become the more (in)famous variety of the cannabis plant because of the psychoactive effects of THC. Many state laws ban the production and sale and use of marijuana. 

This is interesting, because those very same effects can be enjoyed with a hemp-derived product. 

Can THC Products Be Made With Hemp?

The answer is yes! That is why it is legal to buy hemp-derived THC products from Louisville dispensaries like Bourbon Country Cannabis. 

The high THC content of marijuana is the reason that marijuana’s legality remains controversial within the federal U.S. government. However, the legalization of hemp has since allowed for plenty of hemp-derived THC products to hit the market. 

So, you can still have a legal recreational THC experience with our products! 


Much of the confusion about these three terms comes from pop culture and certain misinformed media sources. The issue is that “hemp” and “cannabis” are used as though they were synonymous with marijuana. 

The easy way to distinguish the three terms is to recognize that marijuana and hemp are two different varieties of the same plant, cannabis. 

Further, the way to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana is by the THC content. Marijuana is above the federally-decreed legal threshold of 0.3% THC, while hemp is below it. 

Despite this difference in THC content, strong and effective THC products can still be made from hemp. 

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Bourbon Country Cannabis is the dispensary near you that has what you want. Delta 9 THC is just the beginning of great cannabis products from our store that you can legally enjoy in Kentucky. We have a wide variety of cannabis products that offer experiences from fully recreational highs to medicinal help, with the entourage effect. 

Hectare’s and Bourbon Country Cannabis are committed to being on the vanguard of cannabis innovations. When you buy from us, whether in-store or on our website you get the best in cannabis innovations. 

And no matter your taste, you are sure to find a Delta 9 beverage that is right for you at Hectare’s and Bourbon Country Cannabis! 

If you are interested in learning more about the many products available in the world of cannabis, do not hesitate to reach out to us today, and we can help you find the cannabis product that is right for you!

From THC+CBD Bourbon Balls to Delta 9 gummies, we sell a wide variety of high-quality products on and in-store at Bourbon Country Cannabis’ Nulu Location (819 E Market St Suite 101, Louisville, KY 40206). 

Selected Posts from the Hectare’s Blog + Our FAQ 

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    "Hemp" is one variety of the cannabis plant, which refers to plants that contains 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight).

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