Hemp is a substance made from the same cannabis plant as marijuana, except it can’t get you high. Instead, it’s used to make items including cardboard, carpets, clothes, lotion, paper, rope, and soap. The drug part of marijuana comes from the buds or the leaves, while hemp comes from the stalks or seeds.
Nonetheless, hemp was on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) list of controlled substances, at least in part, since it comes from the cannabis plant. There were previously some uses of hemp which are legal, but it’s was not fully legal as many advocates believed it should be.
For centuries, industrial hemp (plant species Cannabis sativa) has been a source of fiber and oil seed used worldwide to produce a variety of industrial and consumer products.
Currently, more than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, which is sold on the world market. In the United States, however, production was strictly controlled under drug enforcement laws.