One of the most often asked questions at FOR MOTHER EARTH is ‘What IS HEMP, anyway?”We are asked that question by the little kids, by the moms and dad’s, by politicians and civic leaders, and even by the grandma’s and grandpa’s who should be old enough to remember when HEMP rope, burlap, and canvas was still common in the garden sheds and barns of America. Most, however, don’t really know if it’s animal, vegetable, or mineral.
This page is a causal attempt to touch upon some of the talking points of that question.
The subject itself is HUGE. The casual researcher can spend hours on the web reading material about HEMP, and the serious researchers give their lifetimes to the subject. If this page is interesting to you, FOR MOTHER EARTH encourages YOU to research the subject for yourself by either exploring the thousands of Internet pages devoted to HEMP, or by obtaining and reading books on the subject.
To begin with, HEMP is a common name for CANNABIS SATIVA, which is a green, leafy plant that can grow more than 15 feet tall. It is also known by the slang terms MARIJUANA and POT, however, in English it was, until the mid-20th Century, most commonly known as HEMP. In German, it is known as HANF, in Danish as HANP, in Chinese it is called MA. Nearly every language has a world for HEMP, for it has been grown all over the planet, and for all known human history.