The photo above is from a documentary on industrial hemp. It pictures a house in france being built out of boards pressed from hemp. The wood made from hemp is strong, flexible, durable and better at insulation.
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. With him he brought gifts for the natives of hemp seeds and cloths
I'm going to be writing several articles on the history of hemp and it's uses today and how it can save the planet. I think in general I'd estimate over 90% of the world has very little knowledge or education over the plant. Most are probably even un-aware it was, according to historians and scholars, one of the first known plants ever purposely cultivated by man.
It's been the number one crop for over 5000 years until it was outlawed in 1936 by the US government passing the "Cannabis Tax Act" in order to illegalize marijuana. I also will be writing a few articles discussing how the plant became illegal, how the cotton and timber industries played a part the major role in fighting to keep the plant illegal in order to protect their industry.
Why, today, is hemp, non-psycho-active with no hallucinigenic properties and no THC, still illegal as well as marijuana? Why is the government going out if it's way to keep us from using the plant we have been using as the source of our industry for thousands of years?
Who are they protecting? Who benifits from hemp being illegal?
It's been used by American colonials and loved by the first president of the United States of America. It was required to be grown to support an active industrty. It's been used by the romans for clothing, garmets and other purposes of war. The chinese wrapped the wounds of soldiers in battles with cannabis leaves because of it's curative properties.
It was the primary fiber used in all ropes, nets and sails on ships used by the first Americans, France, England, Spain and Portugal..
It can produce paper, ink, animal foods, wood, hats, cloths, rope, paper, shampoos, soaps, washing detergant and literally thousands of other products. But why is it illegal? Why are we cutting down our forests everyday when we have a renewable crop which can produce four times as much fiber as wood in a life cycle of mere months?
Hemp growing doesn't need any weed killing, no pesticide, and the raw material grows naturally in the state that it needs no chemical intervention as is needed with the cultivation of other crops.
I'm sure half of what I said about is news to most of you reading this; that's why I'm going to be posting several more in depth articles on the history of Cannabis, why it became illegal and why it should be legalized.
More to be coming for sure very soon.
an old US flag produced out of hemp fiber