The Hemp Plant

  There are many different varieties of the all natural cannabis plant. Hemp – also called industrial hemp -refers to the non-psychoactive (less then 1% THC) varieties of Cannabis sativa L. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods. Hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products. Its seeds and flowers are used in health food, organic body care, and other nutraceuticals. The fibers and stalks are used in hemp clothing, construction materials, paper, biofuel, plastic composites, and more. Hemp requires much less water to grow – and no pesticides – so it is much more environmentally friendly than traditional crops.