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There is a long history of hemp production in American history beginning with our founding fathers that grew this versatile crop for fiber, food, shelter, and medicine.
The Hemp Plant
The hemp plant is harvested for its fibers, seed, seed-meal and seed oil.
Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. Due to the similar leaf shape, hemp is frequently confused with marijuana. Although both plants are from the species cannabis, hemp contains virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana.
Hemp cannot be used as a drug because it produces virtually no THC (less than 1%), where marijuana produces between 5 - 20 % THC.
The beauty of hemp
is that it is basically a weed and requires virtually no fertilizers,
herbicides, or pesticides. It is indigenous to North America and can
be grown in poor soil. Learn more about hemp history and cultivation
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