No, they are not the same, although they are both part of the Cannabis family. Hemp is different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application. While marijuana has a high level of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) ranging between 5%-35%, hemp has a very low level of THC, which NYS requires to stay between 0%-.3%. Should our hemp crop exceed .3% THC, it is technically “marijuana”. THC is the chemical responsible marijuana’s psychological effects, and since hemp only has a trace amount, you shouldn’t be experiencing any psychological side effects. Hemp has increased amounts of CBD, (cannabidiol) content that acts as THC’s antagonist, working chemically together with the receptors in the brain.