What is Industrial Hemp?

Health Canada Definition

Health Canada defines Industrial Hemp as follows:

“In the Industrial Hemp Regulations, industrial hemp includes Cannabis plants and plant parts, of any variety, that contains 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less in the leaves and flowering heads.

Industrial hemp also includes the derivatives of industrial hemp plants and plant parts. These do not include the flowering parts or the leaves.

Examples of derivatives that are considered industrial hemp include: hemp seed oil (oil derived from seed or grain) and hemp flour.

Industrial hemp does not include:

  • Non-viable Cannabis seeds, except for their derivatives. While the derivatives of non-viable Cannabis seeds are considered to be industrial hemp, the non-viable seeds themselves are not industrial hemp;
  • Mature Cannabis stalks, when those stalks are stripped of their leaves, flowers, seeds, and branches;
  • Fiber derived from such mature Cannabis stalks.

Most activities with non-viable cannabis seeds, with bare mature cannabis stalks (without leaves, flowers, seeds, and branches), and with fiber derived from bare mature cannabis stalks, are not controlled under the CDSA. As such, they do not require authorization.”

This gives a great legal definition of Industrial Hemp in Canada by Health Canada. They have answered some great more basic questions on their official government page, listed below.

Check out more basic questions answered by Health Canada here.

Hemp Federation’s 3 Defining Factors

We define Industrial Hemp more simply with three basic factors.

1. THC Percentage
Industrial Hemp is usually regulated at 0.3% THC, but is as low as 0.1% and high as 0.5%.

2. Applications

Industrial Hemp usually has many practical applications. Industrial Hemp plays a significant role in the manufacturing sector, and can contribute to global sustainability through its many green consumer facing applications.

3. Growing Methods

Industrial Hemp typically grows similar to Corn, and has extremely high seeding rate, requiring vertical space to grow. Keep in mind, when growing for the flower, typically horizontal space is required as the plants grow much more stout.

Check out our Industry Information for more information.

Scientific Resource:

For more thorough information, please review this peer-reviewed scientific journal that discusses the basics of Industrial Hemp in detail: