As marijuana laws continue to loosen across the country -- and the world -- it looks like hemp could be brought back in a big way.

Marijuana is an ancient plant with borderline mystical properties — just ask the 266 million people who smoke it every year.

Hemp, the industrial strain of Cannabis sativa, has been used for many purposes — food, fuel and textiles among them — for tens of thousands of years.

Unlike its sister strain, hemp can’t get you high. But much like the drug, it has extraordinary qualities.

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Don Basile ~ TechCrunch.com ~

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