Hemp (Cannabis sativa) is a plant species that is closely related to cannabis. While hemp and cannabis are both part of the same family, there is one key difference between them: hemp contains very low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This means that hemp does not have the same psychoactive effects as cannabis. In addition to THC, hemp and cannabis also contain other cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabidivarin (CBDV), cannabigerol (CBG) and others.
These cannabinoids are responsible for the therapeutic effects of both hemp and cannabis. So, is hemp a type of drug? The answer is not so straightforward. Hemp does not have the same psychoactive effects as cannabis, so it is not considered a drug in the traditional sense. However, hemp does contain cannabinoids that can have therapeutic effects, so it could be considered a type of medicinal drug.
It is important to note that hemp is legal in many countries around the world, while cannabis is still illegal in many places. This means that hemp can be used for medicinal purposes without fear of legal repercussions. In conclusion, hemp is not a drug in the traditional sense, but it does contain cannabinoids that can have therapeutic effects. Hemp is legal in many countries and can be used for medicinal purposes without fear of legal repercussions.