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Cannabis sativa

Also known as

Marijuana, Dagga (Afr.), Matekwane/Patse (Northern Sotho), Nsangu (Zulu), Umya (Xhosa)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Hemp Overview

Both industrial hemp and the drug known as Cannabis are produced from this species, Cannabis sativa. It originates from Central and Western Asia to China and is now grown across large areas of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. This plant is famous for containing psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but there are distinct strains bred from this species that have unique biochemical compositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. It is an annual broadleaf plant with a taproot and is capable of very rapid growth under ideal growing conditions. Hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel. Cannabis has both medical and recreational uses. This plant has legal restrictions, these vary across different countries. Current legislation prohibits the use of Cannabis outside one's private dwelling, and the buying and selling of Cannabis. This record is for information purposes only.

Common problems with Hemp

Susceptible to various pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, nematodes, viruses and other miscellaneous pathogens.

How to harvest Hemp

Harvest plants 3 - 4 months after planting, cutting the whole plant down to 2-3cm above soil level. Plants are then left to dry before processing.

How to propagate Hemp


Seeds are sown in situ in spring at a depth of 4-6cm, enriching the soil prior to planting and fertilizing again a few weeks after sowing.

Other uses of Hemp

Includes the famous Cannabis sativa species.


Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, or made into dried sprout powder. The leaves can be consumed raw in salads. Hemp can also be made into a liquid, hemp milk or hemp juice.