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Hemp : hemp

Effective 2 July 2019

Preferred Term: hemp

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'Hemp' used as a generic term for fibres from many different plants. True Hemp (or Indian hemp) is obtained from Cannabis sativa. Other fibres often referred to as hemp include: Canada hemp (Apocynum cannabinum), Bombay hemp, Deccan hemp, Ambari hemp or brown hemp (Hibiscus cannabinus), Kentucky hemp (Urtica cannabina), Moorva or bowstring-hemp (Sansevieria zeylanica), Nee, Pité hemp (Agave americana), Sisal hemp (Agave sisalana), Sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea).

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