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Throughout American history our country has come to rely on many different natural resources With technology and the population increasing the number of fossil fuel reserves and natural forests are going down What America needs is a renewable source of fuels and fibers that will meet the growing needs of the future but will not damage our environment One of the most promising sources of fiber fuel and natural oil is hemp Hemp also known as Cannabis Sativa L has been used in our country since the early 17th century Schreiber 160 Although hemp is considered an illegal drug many people forget that it is a part of our countrys history Despite its negative connotations hemp has the potential to revolutionize the paper cotton and fuel industries Its long fibers can be weaved with others to make stronger clothing while its pulp can be used to make stronger paper It has been known as an important resource for thousands of years and in the future perhaps it will be againHemp is a plant that originated in Asia several thousand years ago Schreiber 7 Its genus is called Cannabis to which there are three sub species Sativa Indica and Ruderalis Hemp is of the sativa family which normally grows to about 4 meters and has a hollow fibrous stem When grown industrially the male plant is used primarily because it grows tall and spindly producing the most fiber and allowing the farmer to plant more in a smaller area The female plant is much shorter and produces buds Hemp is often confused with another plant of the same genus Marijuana Because of this confusion it is imperative that the differences between these two plants are understoodAlthough very similar Marijuana is not the same plant as hemp Williams 2 Marijuana also known as pot hashish or weed is grown for its buds and leaves to produce psychoactive effects when introduced into the human body Marijuana has high
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