Industrial “fiber-type” hemp is low-grade Cannabis Sativa (marijuana) and contains varying amounts of the mind altering substance THC, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. The THC content is around 1.0% or less.

The THC content can have significant potential for narcotic applications. For someone smoking hemp, the THC psychoactive threshold would depend on the naivety of the user and the degree of sensitivity to psychoactivity. 1

There are unfounded claims that Cannabis Sativa Hemp has special properties and many uses, industrial hemp fiber, oil and seeds. Industrial “fiber hemp” can be easily converted to Hash Oil for drug use. Hemp is grown in Canada primarily for seed/grain for food. It is grown in other parts of the world mainly for fiber.

However, the claims that hemp is a promising crop are belied by the numbers. Hemp would appear to be a tiny crop going nowhere. The market for hamster food and bedding is much larger.

Compare worldwide hemp acreage with field crops in only one state, Illinois.

Illinois Total — 26,937,721 farmland acres

Illinois Corn — 12,800,000 acres

Illinois Soybeans — 9,050,000 acres

Worldwide Hemp — Only 226,000 acres (including Canada)

For the last 20 years – since the 1990s to the present – hemp acreage has hovered around 250,000 acres worldwide.

There isn't much of a market for industrial hemp and there are no processors in the United States.

Jeanette McDougal, MM, CCDP
Chair, Hemp Committee, Drug Watch International

Source:

1 Mahmoud A. ElSohly, Ph.D. Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Marijuana Project at the National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi.

Additional Resources:

A quick visual below shows the status and decline of hemp worldwide since 1961 .

Area Harvested of Hemp Tow Waste in World (Total) - 1961-2009

Area Harvested of Hempseed in World (Total) - 1961-2009

FAOSTAT (Link from the UN Food and Agriculture website)

http://www.uky.edu/Classes/GEN/101/Hemp/legbrief.PDF