Hemp, the sober cannabis cousin to marijuana, is making waves in SC

Walk along the aisles of Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare or health food and supplement specialty stores and you’ll see hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, hemp milk and hemp oil.

Hemp versus marijuana

Both hemp and marijuana come from the same plant cannabis sativa, but the difference between the two basically lies in its level of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which in higher concentrations produces a euphoria or high.

In Colorado, where marijuana and hemp are legal but regulated, it defines industrial hemp as having a THC concentration of no more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Cannabis with a percentage of THC above 0.3 percent is considered marijuana. The state’s agriculture department registers growers of industrial hemp and samples crops to make sure the plants don’t exceed the concentration limit.

Meanwhile, hemp tends to produce more

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