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.
Hemp matures in a matter of months, rather than years. If we grew hemp, there would be no need to cut down trees for paper-making.
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. It has only one known natural enemy to date - the United States government.
If we continue to refuse conversion to solar power - an unlimited energy source - 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 literally replace all petrochemicals. It can make earth-friendly fuels, plastics, paints, etc.
Hemp seed oil is replete with essential fatty acids and vitamins, making it very nutritious and valuable as a dietary supplement and cosmetic ingredient. The nutritional value of hemp seed oil is second only to flax seed oil.
Hemp producers: Canada, Finland, Romania, China, Thailand, plus many more. America is one of the few industrialized nations of the world that still does not grow hemp.
Hemp around the world: konopli, hammpu, chanvre, hanf, kender, cañamo, canapa, canep, cannabis, nasha, ta-ma, asa, ma
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!
Canadian researchers have conducted numerous tests that have proven ingesting hemp seeds or the oil will not cause a "high" or a positive drug test.
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.
Hemp was banned in the 1920s. Coincidentally, DuPont had just developed something called nylon, among other petrochemical products.
A few years later, in 1942, nylon ropes were a great disappointment to our military forces and our foreign hemp supply had been cut off due to the war. The United States Department of Agriculture created a film called Hemp For Victory and quietly lifted the ban on hemp, encouraging Midwestern farmers to grow it. The fibers were used for ropes, uniforms, parachute webbing and many other purposes. When the war ended, so did American hemp farming.
Vote Hemp - The best site for up-to-the-minute information on legislative actions regarding industrial hemp.
New Mexico Industrial Hemp Coalition - New Mexico's own industrial hemp organization.
More Hemp Products:
Hemp Elegance - Based just outside of Albuquerque, NM, Hemp Elegance is the purveyor of fine hemp women's clothing and accessories.
Hemp Oil Canada - A great and affordable source for buying hemp seed oil and other hemp seed products.
Medicinal Marijuana Resources:
Northern Lights Natural Rx - You've grown up, so has marijuana.