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 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.

If you have other Hemp Fun Facts please share in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed these fun facts!  Below are a few products made from Hemp.  Let me know of some of your favorite hemp items!

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12 thoughts on “Hemp Fun Facts

  1. Thank you for providing me many interesting facts about hemp and its uses!
    I would not have know that it has the strength to be used to build automobile parts.
    Its amazing that 100 year old paper is not yellowing, it sure shows the quality of paper based from hemp.
    Wow! It grows up to 15 feet high? Does it every get blown over by the wind or during a hurricane?
    Will a hailstorm destroy the crop or will it be able to regrow?

    1. Hi Justin, thank you so much for your comment. Wow you asked some good questions. I know it is a very resilient crop and can go from seed to harvest in as few as 120 days so I believe it would resist hail and wind. Hurricane winds may be a challenge but the root system I know is very strong. Luckily most Hemp crops in the U.S. are in Kentucky and Colorado so far away from the direct winds of a hurricane! Great question!
      Stay healthy and thanks again for the compliment!
      Jamie L.

  2. Hi there,

    Great post, what a fun, yet interesting post. I never knew that hemp was so strong. I wonder what the main function of hemp is in the world right now. It sounds is if it’s not just for human consumption/medical uses.

    Looking forward to seeing what you write next.


    1. Hi Sharon, Thank you so much for your comment! Hemp is used today for clothing, sandals, handbags and more. You have me curious now if it is being used for ropes and other textiles too! I gotta get to work and learn more!
      Thank you so much. Stay Healthy!
      Jamie L.

  3. Hi Jamie ,nice article!My coworker has a nice winter coat made of hemp .It is the best coat i have ever seen .I totally agree with you and with all you said about hemp.I didn’t know it was also used for cars ,that’s awesome!

  4. I did not know that hemp and marihuana came from different plants, I thought they came from the same plant. That is interesting. Hemp is wonderful material, and so very strong! I believe that the 100-year-old paper has not yellowed. Hemp is absolutely amazing and I wish they would use it for more products. I have seen some sandals online that were made from hemp, they looked really cool!
    Is it legal to grow hemp?

    1. Hi thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed my fun facts. And yes, Hemp is totally legal to grow in 47 states! To have qualified crops some states monitored or require a license to grow it.

      Stay tuned for more hemp facts in the future!
      Jamie l.

  5. I’ve heard of the term hemp before but never really knew what it was actually about until I read this great article, I was surprised to know that many products are constructed of hemp, I always thought it was just related to marijuana products. Great read!

    1. Hi there…. thank you for the great comment. It brings me joy knowing that you enjoyed this! I try to make my articles fun.

      Thanks again and stay healthy!
      Jamie L.

  6. Hi Jamie,
    Thanks for this great read! It’s all so interesting!
    I had no idea you could harvest hemp in such a short time. That would be perfect up here in Northern Canada where our growing season is so short, lol.
    Now I just have to figure out how to use it, haha!
    Now if we could just get the government to realize you don’t grow hemp to get high, maybe we could access CBD oil easier.
    Thanks again,

    1. Thanks so much for the comment Suzanne. Luckily there are may uses for hemp. You can grow it and sell it to manufacturers! If there is a will there is a way!

      Stay Healthy!
      Jamie L.

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