Hemp was a major cash crop in America's colonial days. It remained so until the invention of the cotton gin. This caused a slight decline in hemp's popularity, for it is a difficult plant to process without efficient machinery. The founding fathers of the U.S. were all hemp farmers or supporters.
Henry Ford recognized the feasibility of using every part of the hemp plant in the production of automobiles. He wanted to use the hemp hurd in the car bodies and hemp seed oil as fuel.
Grow Hemp For The War
Hemp was banned in the 1920s. Coincidentally, DuPont had just developed something called nylon, among other petrochemical products.
In 1942, nylon ropes were a great disappointment to our military forces. The new material stretched too much.
Our foreign hemp supply had been cut off due to the war, and the country needed an alternative.
The United States Department of Agriculture created a film called “Hemp For Victory”.
The ban on hemp was quietly lifted, and Midwestern farmers were encouraged to grow the crop for the war effort. The fibers were used for ropes, uniforms, parachute webbing and many other purposes.
When the war ended, so did American hemp farming. Hemp would remain illegal to grow in American soil until 2018.
Hemp around the world: konopli, hammpu, chanvre, hanf, kender, cañamo, canapa, canep, cannabis, nasha, ta-ma, asa, ma.
The hemp plant does not require pesticides, herbicides or genetic modification. It is a hardy plant with many existing beneficial qualities - no need to mess with the genetics. It is a weed, so it chokes out any other encroaching weeds or plants.
Hemp matures in a matter of months, rather than years. If we grew hemp widely, there would be no need to cut down trees for paper-making.
Hemp producers: Canada, Finland, Romania, China, Thailand, plus many more, now including the United States of America.
Hemp Seed Oil.
Hemp seed oil can easily be converted to clean-burning biomass fuel. Other crops capable of powering the planet in a clean-burning manner are sugar cane and corn. Hemp just happens to be the most versatile plant known.
Hemp seed oil can replace all petrochemicals. It can make earth-friendly fuels, plastics, paints, and more.
Hemp seed oil is replete with essential fatty acids and other nutrients, making it extremely valuable as a dietary supplement and cosmetic ingredient. It is the superior choice as a vegan alternative to fish oil as a dietary supplement.
What can be made with fiber extracted from the hemp plant? Anything and everything.
Cloth, rope, twine, thread, to name only a few.
Sailcloth and ropes were made with hemp in the old days because it resisted rot, was strong and sturdy, and no doubt, because it was so easy to grow.
Other Hemp Products.
After extracting the fiber from the stalk, what you have left over is a woody material that can be pulped for paper, chopped up for animal bedding, incorporated into building materials, or fused with resin to make lightweight car parts.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is only one of the many phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant that has immense potential as a therapeutic supplement.
Hemp is the only plant that can clothe, nourish, heal, shelter, and transport humanity.
Hemp can ensure a green future for all.
There are over 200 varieties of the cannabis plant. Industrial hemp is only a cousin to the mind-altering plant, marijuana.
You cannot "get high" from touching, smelling, or eating industrial hemp products - no matter how hard you try!