10th August 2007 - 03:15 PM
Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa is the variety grown for industrial use in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere, while C. sativa subsp. indica generally has poor fiber quality and is primarily used for production of recreational and medicinal drugs. A major difference is the amount of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) secreted in a resinous mixture by epidermal hairs called glandular trichomes. Strains of Cannabis approved for industrial hemp production in Europe and elsewhere produce only minute amounts of this psychoactive drug.
Hemp is extremely useful, and it is for this very reason that it was outlawed... the cotton industry perceived it to be a major threat, and lobbied to pass legislation banning it. They were successful. If you're interested, check out these sites - http://www.hemp4fuel.com/http://www.diaperpin.com/clothdiapers/article_hemp.asp
Of course, the superiority of hemp doesn't apply exclusively diapers, this was just the best I could do while at work