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  •  hemp is not cannabis, more like it's cousin (2+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes, gjohnsit

    hemp has no pharmacalogical effects and contains much more fiber, hence 6,000 years of using hemp for sails, rigging and ropes on sailing ships.


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

    by Angie in WA State on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 01:25:25 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, hemp is cannabis (0+ / 0-)

      It's mostly male cannabis sativa plants, because they're tall, unlike most indicas.

      •  OK, all forms of cannabis belong to the same (3+ / 0-)
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        Dopetron, mrkvica, lotlizard

        species:

        Cannabis (ˈkænəbɪs; Cán-na-bis) is a genus of flowering plants that includes three putative varieties, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis (this type flowers by age of plant and not hours of sunlight like the other two varieties).
        Modern horticultural methods of cross-breeding varieties of Cannabis have resulted in many hybrids, and some varieties of Cannabis have been bred specifically to produce low cannabidiol levels (which produce psychoactive results) and high CBD (negligible psychocactive results) levels, to be used primarily for their fiber content for everything except drug use.

        The only thing which differentiates the hemp from the medicinal cannabis is the level of cannabinoids (of which there 80-some in Cannabis plants) present in the particular plant. Male or female makes no difference. Most hemp plants come from the Sativa variety, because it tends to grow up to six feet tall, much taller than the Indica or Ruderalis varieties, hence giving longer fibers with which to work; and has been historically bred to (excuse the pun) weed out the THC and leave it non-psychoactive.

        So we're both right, in certain ways.


        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

        by Angie in WA State on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 04:11:09 PM PDT

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