If you are considering purchasing hemp products, there are several advantages to consider. Hemp is an aromatic, stout annual plant with hollow stalks. Female plants bear spike-like clusters of flowers that contain pollen. Male plants produce numerous branched clusters of pollen and seeds. Hemp originated in Central Asia, although cultivation of the plant for fiber was documented in China as early as 2800 bce. Later cultivation of hemp for fiber was documented in the Mediterranean region, and it was first cultivated in Chile in the 1500s.