Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial use and can be used to make a wide range of products. Along with bamboo, hemp is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It is a plant of the family Cannabaceae cultivated for its fibre (bast fibre) or its edible seeds. Hemp is sometimes confused with the cannabis plants that serve as medical sources of THC within marijuana, as well as in it’s extracted form hashish. Legal hemp in the US must contain no more than 3% total THC.
The 2018 Farm Bill officially defines hemp as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”