By / November 18, 2019

Police can’t tell the difference between hemp and marijuana

One of the biggest challenges for the cannabis industry is that it can be almost impossible to spot the difference between hemp and marijuana (especially CBD) since the plants look basically the same.

This has made it very difficult for the police to determine whether someone is transporting hemp or marijuana. 

The limit for a plant considered to be marijuana is 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It could, therefore, be a tightrope walk whether someone is committing a crime or not, especially if the test is not precise enough. 

Truck drivers are particularly at risk, because it is not easy for law enforcement to distinguish between hemp and marijuana.

The cannabis industry is becoming very popular in the emerging markets and one prominent example is Europe’s CBD and hemp sector, predicted to be worth $14.67 billion by 2026. 

These new industries can be difficult to navigate, but cannabis news apps like provide some clarity and can help prospective investors understand the market.

In the app, you can find trusted sources and the latest information on the top stories.

Recognizing the difference between hemp and marijuana is not easy

A recent New York Times story showed another problem where the difference between hemp and marijuana was discussed. 

If someone consumes CBD, a drug test could still be positive for THC. In one example, a CBD-infused gummy bear was sufficient to have a positive THC test.

This means that consumers could take significant risks when consuming medical marijuana, which is approved in over 30 countries. They could be tested positive for THC and face criminal consequences in states where recreational cannabis is still banned.

A certain THC level may be unavoidable in many types of CBD products, and whether you have a positive THC test may simply be due to the accuracy of the test.

Someone trying to find the difference between hemp and marijuana
Hemp and psycho-active marijuana can be difficult to differentiate. (Source)

How hemp has a big impact on businesses

Hemp products are safer to use because of their low THC content. This is an important reason why hemp has been legalized nationwide by the Agriculture Act. 

If problems were to occur more frequently, however, this could call into question the potential growth of the cannabis industry.

In the first year of retail sales, cannabis producers in Canada and other countries in the cannabis industry generated more than $1.1 billion in revenue.

However, this figure is expected to increase when THC edibles will be available for sale.

Tests that tell the difference between hemp and marijuana is important for consumer safety

Concerns about marijuana tests could be an obstacle to the industry. However, tests that tell the difference between hemp and marijuana is a matter that must be addressed immediately to ensure that consumers are not afraid of CBD. 

There is a real need for an accurate and reliable test method to determine whether someone has consumed hemp, some CBD, or THC. There is a lot at stake with the potentially harmful consequences that could follow you throughout your life. 

If consumers don’t feel safe when taking CBD products, the demand and growth of the industry is at risk. As long as THC is not fully legal across the country, the problem is not solved.

Cannabis tests in Canada still need to be improved

Hemp and marijuana are different because one is not psychoactive
Hemp can be used in a variety of ways and is not psychoactive. (Source) 

Even in Canada, where marijuana has been legal for over a year, testing for endangerment remains a big issue. Although there is an approved saliva test, there are still questions about its effectiveness and accuracy.

A company that is able to develop an accurate test could be very helpful and might also be a takeover target. However, this is likely to take time, as the test will not only need to work, but will also need the support of the government and the police.


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