What is hemp?

  • (noun): Any plant of the genus Cannabis; a coarse bushy annual with palmate leaves and clusters of small green flowers; yields tough fibers and narcotic drugs.
    Synonyms: cannabis
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Hemp (from Old English hænep) is a term reserved mainly for low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa. Of the approximately 2000 cannabis plants varieties known, about 90% contain only low-grade THC and are most useful for their fiber, seeds and medicinal or psychoactive oils. Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants known.

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Manila Rope
... Manila rope is a type of rope made from manila hemp ... Manila hemp is a type of fiber obtained from the leaves of the abacá ... It is not actually hemp, but named so because hemp was long a major source of fiber, and other fibers were sometimes named after it ...
Lunheng - Content
... Seeing that grain can be eaten, they use it as food, and discovering that silk and hemp can be worn, they take it as raiment ... people are of opinion that Heaven produces grain for the purpose of feeding mankind, and silk and hemp to cloth them ... For that reason man eats grain, and wears silk and hemp ...
Legal History Of Cannabis In The United States - Criminalization (1900s) - International Opium Convention (1925)
... In 1925 the United States supported regulation of Indian hemp, also known as hashish, in the International Opium Convention ... The convention banned exportation of "Indian hemp", and the preparations derived therefrom, to countries that had prohibited its use and required importing countries to issue certificates approving the ... convention did not ban trade in fibers and other similar products from European hemp, and traditionally grown in the United States, which are very tall with a low THC content ...
Hemp - Producers - Uruguay
... Uruguay approved a project of hemp production as of the second half of 2010. ...
List Of Legislation Sponsored By Ron Paul - Agriculture
... Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 ... Excludes industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana for Controlled Substances Act purposes, thereby giving the states the power to regulate and permit farming of hemp ... The measure would be a first since the national prohibition of industrial hemp farming in the United States ...

More definitions of "hemp":

  • (noun): A plant fiber.