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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Viridaeplantae
Phylum Information
Phylum Tracheophyta
Sub-phylum Euphyllophytina
Infraphylum Radiatopses
Class Information
Class Magnoliopsida
Sub-class Dilleniidae
Order Information
Superorder Urticanae
Order Urticales
Family Information
Family Cannabaceae
Sub-family Cichorioideae
Tribe Information
Tribe Cichorieae
Genus Information
Genus Cannabis
Species Information
Species C. sativa
Population statistics

Hemp (also known as industrial hemp) is of the same species as marijuana, which "looks like pot. It smells like pot."[1] Yet is not psychoactive: attempting to smoke it will only produce a headache and lung problems. Despite that, marijuana addicts steal hemp or buy it on the black market in order to try to eke out whatever high they can or resell it to others while falsely pretending that it is marijuana.

While marijuana plants contain from 5% to 20% THC, hemp may contain a maximum of 0.30%.[2]

Hemp stinks up a neighborhood, and the pungent odor worsens as the plants grow bigger.[3] Some compare the smell to that of a skunk. "The smell is so bad,” complained one neighbor about a hemp farm started near a subdivision of residences, and "the smell is beginning to get into folks’ clothing."[4]

Before the Industrial Revolution, hemp was heavily relied on to provide all manner of textiles. Since then, despite its wide versatility, it is usually only the second or third-best useful resource for all of such. Amish farmers who used to grow tobacco have shifted to growing hemp, such as in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[2] But theft of hemp crops is widespread, despite building fences and posting signs to combat it.

Due at least in part to the Environmentalist movement, hemp has regained attention in recent years as a possible substitute for petroleum-based plastics. The goal is "composite bioplastics" which are made from cellulose, and expected to decompose relatively quickly. Hemp is often considered a good source for this material, because it is composed of 65-70% cellulose. Flax contains about the same percentage of 65-70%, while wood only consists of about 40%, and cotton contains up to 90%. However, although cotton is a better source, Hemp is favored because it is seen as a more environmentally-friendly crop. At present, pure bioplasics are rare, but some industrial plastics do contain a small amounts of this material.[5]