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 cannabis and the difference between hemp and marijuana. 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.” Each clan would have Chieftan, and those members of the clan would carry the clan name. In this case, we have Chieftan Cannabaceae. Within the Clan Cannabaceae, (actually a family within the angiosperm -flowering plants- clade) there are multiple lines, one of these being Chief Cannabis sativa l.,  with the most infamous members being marijuana and hemp.

Family Members With Unique Traits

While marijuna 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 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.

Marijuna and hemp, 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 them 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 with the community.

Low THC/high CBD cannabis strains are gaining popularity, being that the legal definition of hemp in the United States is that it produces less than 0.3% THC and delivers higher concentrations of CBD. In the United Kingdom and the EU the acceptable level is 0.2% of below. The female cannabis plant can also contain higher percentages of THC and is only legal recreationally and medically in 11 states. 

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 Clan Cannabaccea

Now the Scottish Clans were known for coming together to protect their land and culture when needed. 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 clan 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!


Ryan C. Lynch, Daniela Vergara, Silas Tittes, Kristin White, C. J. Schwartz, Matthew J. Gibbs, Travis C. Ruthenburg, Kymron deCesare, Donald P. Land & Nolan C. Kane (2016) Genomic and Chemical Diversity in Cannabis, Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 35:5-6, 349-363, Retrieved from

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