Hemp is a plant of the Cannabis sativa family that is thought to have originated in Asia. It is often cultivated for its fibres, seeds and oil. Hemp is different from other species of cannabis because it is often distinguished by having lower levels of the cannabinoid and psychoactive substance, THC and has higher concentrates of CBD. You could not consume enough hemp to get you ‘high’.
The hemp plant itself has been used in different cultures for tens of thousands of years. Hemp has gained popularity worldwide due to the expansive range of commercial uses such as food, textiles, clothing, biofuel, biodegradable plastics and more.
In Australia, industrial hemp production was first legalised in Victoria in 1998. Since then, the Council of Australian Governments legalised the sale of low THC hemp foods in November 2017.