Hemp is gaining a lot of headlines but in fact is has been cultivated for over 8,000 years! Some sources say up to 12,000 years ago. It looks like hemp is here to stay. Read on and enjoy some Hemp Fun Facts!
- Hemp fabric has been found dating back to 8,000 years ago found in Turkey (former day Mesopotamia) Other evidence suggests cultivation as far back as 2,000 years prior!
- Beer hops are a close cousin of Cannabis, both of which fall under family Cannabaceae.
- The word “marihuana” (now marijuana) was first used 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 at YouTube), In 1619 in the Jamestown Colony, the United States enacted the first marijuana law. This law actually required farmers to grow hemp!
- Benjamin Franklin used hemp to make paper in one of the country’s first paper mills. In fact, the first two copies of the Declaration of Independence were supposedly written on paper made from this paper!
- In parts of the Americas, hemp could be used to pay taxes. How great would that be today!?
- Hemp paper is stronger than wood-based paper. Hemp paper can hold up fold after fold. Hemp has some of the strongest fibers from any source.
- Hemp paper that is hundreds of years old found in museums has not yellowed! That shows how high quality it is as paper!
- You can’t hide Marijuana plants in a field of hemp plants. Marijuana grows wide and only between 5 and 10 feet high. But hemp is grown closer together and grows from 10 to 15 feet high. This produces long fiber lengths in the long stalks and you can cram a bunch more plants in a single acre!
- Hemp can grow nearly anywhere in the world and in many types of soil. Hemp can live in dry regions and yield crops in short growing seasons. Hemp also helps purify soil and kills some types of weeds.
- Organic? YES! Hemp does not need pesticides. You can have a complete harvest within 120 days! Sounds like it would make a great summer project!
- Hemp has been used for ship rigging, military uniforms, parachute webbing, baggage and more. Some say the ropes on Christopher Columbus’ ships and the sails were made from hemp!
- Hemp makes some of the strongest canvas in the world. In fact, the word CANVAS is derived from the word CANNABIS.
- Hemp fiber is so strong it can be used to make composite materials that can be used on the stealth fighter bodies.
- Have limestone, hemp and water? This can form a type of concrete called hempcrete. It can be used to build homes and is 1/9th the weight of concrete! It will also insulate and repel bugs, worms and rodents.
- Goldminers in California were some of the first to wear Levi jeans because they were so durable when they were shoving gold in their pockets. Originally Levi jeans were made from hemp sailcloth and the famous rivets.
- Henry Ford, in 1941, once created a plastic car which ran on hemp and other plant-based bio-fuels. In addition the fenders were made of hemp and other materials. Ford had a plan to “grow automobiles from the soil.” As we speak, a company in France is trying to accomplish the same thing! Ford Motors, are you listening? Let’s do this again!
- Despite the active Marijuana Tax Act and the stance that the U.S. Government had on hemp, the U.S. Army and the Dept of Agriculture jointly produced a 1942 film, “Hemp for Victory,” This film encouraging farmers to grow hemp for the country’s war effort in World War II. They were particularly interested in hemp for textiles and rope since many imports were cut off due to the war. Over 100,000 acres of hemp was growing in the U.S. during this time. After the war all of these special permits were canceled.
As you can see hemp has been around for thousands of years and looks like it isn’t going anywhere. To learn more about “The Hemp Revolution” visit The National Hemp Association website. You will see all the efforts and education that are going into using this organic sustainable plant.
If you want to take advantage of this revolution and have your own hemp based CBD Oil business read my article about what your new normal can me during these challenging times.
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