Where did hemp originate from?

Hemp (from Old English h├Žnep) is the common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis. Industrial hemp has many uses, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, and fuel. It is one of the fastest growing biomasses known. The fiber has been grown for millennia in Asia and the Middle East, commercial production of hemp in the West took off in the eighteenth century. The variety Cannabis used for fiber is a different variety from that used to produce the cannabis drug.