There are 50,000+ uses of industrial hemp

Hemp Facts

  • Hemp is thought to be the first domestically-cultivated plant, with evidence of hemp fabric dating to 8,000 years ago found in Turkey (former-day Mesopotamia). Other evidence suggests cultivation further back by two or more thousands of years.​​

  • The word “marihuana” (now marijuana) was coined in the 1890s, but not used until the 1930s by the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics (replaced by the DEA) to refer to all forms of cannabis.

  • According to the documentary “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” (available on YouTube), the first marijuana law in the United States was enacted in 1619 in Jamestown Colony, Virginia, and actually required farmers to grow hemp. Benjamin Franklin used hemp in his paper mill – one of the country’s first – and the first two copies of the Declaration of Independence were supposedly written on hemp paper.

  • Hemp can grow nearly anywhere globally, in many types of soil — even in short growing seasons or in dry regions — and helps purify the earth and kills some types of weeds.

  • Hemp can grow without pesticides. The crop has also killed some weeds, purifies soil, and is suitable for rotation use, due not only to its short harvest cycle (120 days).

  • Hemp is a high-yield crop. One acre of hemp produces twice as much oil as one acre of peanuts and nearly four times as much fiber pulp (for paper) as an acre of trees.

  • Hemp has the strongest (and longest) plant fiber globally, resistant to rot and abrasion, and prolonged use before DuPont patented nylon in 1937. It was used for ship rigging, military uniforms, parachute webbing, baggage, and more.

  • Despite the active Marijuana Tax Act and the official federal government stance on hemp and marijuana, the United States Army and the Department of Agriculture jointly produced a 1942 film, “Hemp for Victory,” encouraging farmers to grow hemp for the country’s effort in World War II — particularly for textiles and rope, imports of which had been cut off by war. Over 100,000 acres of hemp were growing in the United States, but all related permits were canceled when WW II ended.

 

Source: National Hemp Association

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