Hemp versus Cannabis Ruderalis – Comparison

Cannabis Ruderalis

The name Cannabis is coined to a trait of flowering plants that are grown mainly by Cannabis breeders. Cannabis is the scientific name referring to those plants. However, it is worth mentioning that, Cannabis is a common term that connects marijuana and hemp as well. Both marijuana and hemp are produced from Cannabis. Cannabis mainly has three variants – Cannabis Ruderalis, Cannabis Indica & Cannabis Sativa.

Cannabis Ruderalis is also known as the autoflowering plants as they have the special capability to flower irrespective of the light factor. These plants are normally little over 2 feet heightwise and the approximate time to mature is 7 weeks. The plants also have a thin but slightly fibrous nature of stems. The plants also have some form of branching. The overall foliage is open to the leaves. However, the Cannabis Ruderalis has the least content of the psychoactive compound i.e. THC but contains more CBD when compared to the other variants of Cannabis. Hence Cannabis Ruderalis is mainly in use for medical purposes for its therapeutic benefits. The autoflowering property of the plant enables Ruderalis to grow in harsh environments withstanding extreme temperatures yet germinate and mature fully.


The term Hemp considers to be an English term that is mainly in use for the low levels of THC content in the Cannabis Sativa. The hemp uses are for different industrial causes and wide ranges of application viz.

  • Paints
  • Varnishes
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Detergent
  • Food (Oil)
  • Paper
  • Fuel

Therefore it could be said that this plant has been in existence among humans for a long time now. Because of its low content of THC, hemp is not preferable as a recreational drug. Mainly hemp comes from marijuana. Another advantage of hemp is that, it could be grown in different climatic conditions. The reason for low THC content in hemp is that most of the THC forms in the resin glands of the buds and also on flowers of female plants thereby lacking the primary psychoactive component. Therefore, it could be said that with so many industrial advantages efforts should be made to produce hemp more soon.

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