In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. (US Department of Agriculture)
Hemp is often confused with its close relative, the herb cannabis, widely used as a drug and commonly known as marijuana.
‘Hemp’ takes its name from the durable soft fiber from the cannabis plant stem (stalk).
Cannabis sativa cultivars are used for fibers due to their long stems.
Sativa varieties may grow more than six metres tall.
However, hemp can refer to any industrial or foodstuff product not intended for use as a drug.
Many countries regulate limits for psychoactive compound (THC) concentrations in products labeled as hemp.
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