Hemp v. Marijuana
on Apr 17, 2020
Hemp v. Marijuana

Hemp v. Marijuana

Well, considering today is International Weed Day (4/20), we thought it’d be apt to write about the root of it: cannabis plants and the difference between hemp and marijuana. 

Did you know archaeologists found preserved cannabis plants buried with a corpse over 2,500 years ago?


Although according to some experts, there may be traces of cannabis plants being used even earlier around 10,000 BC. Imprints of hemp rope have been found while unearthing ancient Chinese pottery. 

Ancient civilizations using cannabis both for hemp and marijuana begs the question, where did it come from?

Thoughts are that the original cannabis plants grew in Central Asia (parts of India, China and Siberia) before spreading to the rest of the world. 

The cannabis plant itself has several subspecies. Cannabis sativa (aka marijuana) is widely known around the world and you would probably recognize the plant if you saw a photo. Cannabis sativa has psychoactive properties which you can equate to people using recreationally to get high or medicinally for pain relief. 

Hemp comes from a different cannabis plant called the Cannabis sativa L. (the L was included to honor botanist Carl Linnaeus). This subspecies is non-psychoactive and is used in manufacturing products such as oil, textiles and paper.

Cannabis sativa and Cannabis sativa L? You would think we could have been a tad more creative with the names...that can get confusing, right?

Apparently, the two plants are almost genetically identical outside of one enzyme which is why hemp is not psychoactive. 

Below are some uses of industrial hemp:

  • Clothing 
  • Rope
  • Oils
  • Food
  • Paper
  • Skincare

The cannabis industry continues to flourish whether you are speaking of the marijuana market or the industrial hemp market. We are grateful to work with many different CBD companies and handle their packaging, logo design and labels.

Our latest product offering is hemp paper printing whether you are looking for a vape pen box, other packaging, or company business cards...we can print on hemp paper!

Go for the economical, but also environmentally friendly choice. Hemp paper is a great alternative regardless of the type of product you sell. 

If you are interested in packaging, labeling, printing or design, call us at 747-888-7777 or email us at sales@axiomdesigns.com