Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant. Hemp may be the most useful plant known to man kind. In fact, cannabis sativa means useful(sativa) hemp(cannabis). It is used to make over 25,000 different products, most of which are superior alternatives to less environmentally friendly products. Some of the products made are: clothing, shoes, diapers, rope, canvas, cellophane, paints, fuels, chain lubricants, biodegradable plastics, paper, fiberboard, cement blocks, food, cosmetics, and soap. The reemergence of hemp is slowly but steadily progressing within the United States while gaining full government support in other nations. Industrial hemp is frequently confused with marijuana in the United States mainly due to a lack of understanding of the plants.
Both hemp and medicinal marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa L. (not to be confused by sativa and indica), the definition of hemp according to the National Laboratories is:
THC+CBN/CBD < 1
This definition supersedes the 0.3% THC definition, of which has no origin.
The most commonly seen modern hemp product is clothing. Hemp clothing is warmer, softer, more absorbent, extremely breathable and significantly longer lasting than clothing made from cotton. It is nice to have clothing that looks like linen, feels like flannel, and wears two to three times longer than other fabrics, but this is just the beginning
The seeds are an excellent nutritional source that can provide quality fats and proteins. The hemp seed oil is utilized for it’s healing qualities in many salves and cosmetics but can also be used to create paint, varnishes, lubricants, and much more. The high fiber content of hemp makes it a natural resource for building materials, papermaking, and even biodegradable plastics. Hemp is a presently viable environmentally sound energy source.