Encyclopedia Britannica talks about what hemp is, Hemp (Cannabis sativa), also called industrial hemp, a plant fiber or edible seeds that are cultivated. Hemp is often confused with the cannabis plants that are used for the drug marijuana and the drug preparation hashish. Although all three products contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), most hemp has very small amounts of THC. Hemp is cultivated industrially to produce various types of products.
History and Facts of Hemp
Hemp originated in Central Asia
In 2800 BCE, in China hemp was cultivated for fibre
It was practiced in the Mediterranean countries of Europe early in the Christian Era, spreading throughout the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages.
In 1500s hemp was planted in Chile and a century later in North America.
Hemp can grow up to 16 feet
Hemp grows best in sandy loam with good drainage and requires average monthly rainfall of at least 2.5 inches
Hemp production was banned throughout the United States in 1937.
Hemp will not get you high, but it may give you a headache.
Common household items can be made with hemp, from birdseed to ice cream.
In the 1600s, property owners in North America had to grow hemp.
By way of a royal decree, King James I required every property owner in Jamestown to grow 100 plants of hemp for export in 1619