Hemp History

Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC. In 1606, hemp was introduced to North America. American farmers grew hemp for products like paper, lamp fuel, and rope. In the 1700s, farmers were required to grow hemp as a main staple and many founding fathers grew and used it for its many benefits. Hemp farming was backbreaking work by hand and we owe the future of this amazing plant to those hard workers in American history. Today, a majority of North Americans view Hemp as part of a subculture that is in high demand, and is already embedded into the population. With the legalization of Hemp, the demand will only grow at an extreme pace.

CBD: The Difference between Hemp and Marijuana

Although cannabis as a drug and industrial Hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique phytochemical compositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects.

The Farm Bill Act

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2018 Farm Bill Act (pdf)

2018 FBA Individual Amendments

State by State Hemp & CBD Status

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Vote Hemp – State by State Hemp Status

State by State CBD status

Cannabis Cultivation

There are about 10,000 active licenses for cannabis businesses in the U.S., according to Statista5. This includes cultivation, extraction and manufacturing, retail, distribution and testing licenses.

The industry employed 121,000 people in 2017 and 259,000 people in 2018. If the cannabis market continues its growth trend, the number of workers in that industry could reach about 500,000 by 2022, according to New Frontier Data.

Phases of Production / Stages Growing Process

Total elapsed time: approximately 15 weeks

Hemp Seeds


  • Flour
  • Beer
  • Animal Feed

Seed Cake

  • Milk/Dairy
  • Bakery
  • Granola
  • Protein Powder


  • Cooking/Seasoning Oil
  • Dietary Supplement
  • Body Care Products
  • Fuel
  • Paint
  • Varnish

Hemp Flowers / Leaves

  • Animal Bedding
  • Mulch/Compost
  • Medicine
  • Recreational

Hemp Stalks / Stems


  • Paper
  • Organic Compost
  • Animal Bedding
  • Fiber Board


  • Textiles
  • Insulation
  • Hempcrete
  • Rope

Hemp Roots

  • Medicine
  • Organic Compost