You may be wondering what is hemp. In fact, you may have even heard that marijuana and hemp are exactly the same because they’re both plants in the cannabis family. Well the truth is hemp isn’t marijuana, but the two plants do share some characteristics because they’re from the same family of plants. In a way, hemp and marijuana are like cousins. Yes, they’re from the same family so that means they come from a plant with the same name just like you have the same last name as your cousins. They’re related so it means they will have some of the same characteristics just like you and your cousins may look somewhat similar since you are from the same family. But, just because they are cousins like you and your cousins, it doesn’t mean they are the same.
First, it’s important for us to understand what hemp is so we can really understand what we are talking about. Hemp is a plant that is grown for its wide array of uses including products that range from food and beverages, cosmetics, personal care products, nutritional supplements, fabrics and textiles, yarns and fibers, paper, construction and insulation materials, and much more.
It is likely one of the earliest plants cultivated by humans for textiles fibers. In fact, there have been hemp cloths found in Mesopotamia, which is now modern day Iran and Iraq, that date back to around 8,000 BC. It’s not just isolated to that part of the world either. China appears to have had hemp cultivation for over 6,000 years and it found its way to Europe around 1,200 BC. This all means that humans have been using it for various purposes for 10,000 years.