Scottish bagpiper at sunset with hemp leave on the mountain range

Clan Cannabaceae: Here’s Tae Us, Wha’s Like Us, Damn Few and They’re All Brilliant

Meet Clan Cannabaceae

Many are seeking to understand the difference between hemp and cannabis. Well, a wee bit of Scottish clan history may help solve the question of what is cannabis? According to, “the Scottish clans were originally extended networks of families who had loyalties to a particular chief, but the word “clan” is derived from the Gaelic ‘clann,’ meaning literally children.” Each clan would have Chieftan, and those are the clan would carry the family name. In this case, we have Chieftan Cannabaceae. Each clan is made up of blood-relatives or sometimes invited friends. Within the Clan Cannabaceae, there are multiple lines, one of these being Chief Cannabis Sativa L.,  with the most infamous lineage or species being cannabis and hemp.

Family Members With Unique Traits

While cannabis and hemp both come from Clan Cannabaceae, they are distinctly different members of the clan, with different chemical compositions and, shall we say personalities. According to the article, Genomic and Chemical Diversity in Cannabis, “plants of the Cannabis genus are the only prolific producers of phytocannabinoids, compounds that strongly interact with the evolutionarily ancient endocannabinoid receptors.” These plants have been around for centuries and they are built to work with our bodies endocannabinoid system or ECS. This system works to bring balance and homeostasis back in our bodies and phytocannabinoids from hemp and cannabis support the ECS.

The most commonly known compounds are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical cannabinoid that can produce a psychoactive effect.  The other compound that is getting much attention is Cannabidiol (CBD), it’s known for therapeutic properties, and that it does not provide the psychoactive “high” effect.

The Difference Involves a Wee Bit of Chemistry

Cannabis and hemp, like all relatives,  share similar genetics, but each is unique and independent from each other. In a Scottish clan, there would be different members that would contribute different talents and skills to ensure a thriving community. The genetics of the female cannabis plant make this family member excel at health sciences and provide benefits to wellness; however, it makes no claims to cure, treat, or diagnose, it just has ancient wisdom that it can share. It also can contain higher percentages of THC and is only legal recreationally and medically in 11 states. 

Low THC/high CBD cannabis strains and the female members of the hemp species also are excellent health and wellness advocates. With the significant difference being that the hemp plant produces less than 0.3% THC and deliver higher concentrations of CBD. They are also involved in the nutrition of the clan as the hemp plant can be cultivated for food and amino acids. The male hemp plant is a little more industrious and is known for producing soft fibers that can be used for hemp cloth, linens, and has great resistance and flexibility. 

There are many uses for hemp, including construction materials, biofuels, bioplastics, food, and skin care, to name a few. In Clan Cannabaceae, hemp is the contractor, fashion designer, chef, and jack of most traits. Because of its sustainability, it is also a strong advocate for the environment. Hemp has been shown to clean contaminated soil.

The Future of Hemp and Cannabis

Now the Scottish Clans were known for coming together to protect their land and culture when needed. Technology is helping cannabis and hemp work together because they can communicate from a distance. You see, for the female cannabis plant to keep its unique genetics and higher THC compound, it’s best not to stand next to their hemp relative.  Hemp can cross-pollinate the female cannabis plant in the wind, and we know it can be windy in Scotland! However, when it comes to defending their right to exist legally they are advocates for each other. 

Currently, with the reemergence of the cannabis industry Clan Cannabacea, has been busy advocating for legalization. Hemp has recently made headway in the United Kingdom and the United States, with the legalization of industrial hemp. Cannabis legalization is making progress; however, it is still trying to gain public acceptance in both countries. Clan Cannabaceae is not giving up without a fight, and the members of the family have survived decades of ridicule and strife. It’s time for a new narrative, so let the Highland games begin. Interested in learning more let’s have a hemp chat and hempy hour!


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