thousands of years, until 1883, hemp was the world’s largest
agricultural crop, from which the majority of fiber, fabric, soap,
lighting oil, paper, incense, and medicines were produced. In addition,
it was a primary source of essential food oil and protein for humans and
animals. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids necessary for
health. The oil from hemp seeds has the highest percentage of essential fatty acids and the lowest percentage of saturated fats.
An acre of hemp produces more paper than an acre of trees. Paper made from hemp lasts for centuries, compared to 25-80 years for paper made from wood pulp. The US Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
Industrial hemp contains less than 1% of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana (which is also called cannabis). Trying to get high on industrial hemp is akin to trying to get drunk on non-alcohol beer. Hemp was forced from the market in the late 19th century by a campaign launched by newspaper magnates who also held controlling shares in the paper mill and cotton industry. It remains as one of the most scandalous yet least spoken about examples of fraud in world history.
In 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which effectively halted hemp production in the United States. It was briefly overridden during the Second World War when overseas supplies dried up but the campaign, called Hemp For Victory, was quickly withdrawn after the war.
Hemp can be grown in virtually any climate or soil condition, and grows extremely fast, yielding up to 4 crops a year. Canada, China and France are major hemp producers. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. But today the United States is the only industrial country in the world where the growing of hemp is prohibited.
~ Tom Retterbush
Sources & Resources
Hemp and Sustainability
Hemp Paper, the Ecofriendly Paper.
Hemp: An Alternative Fiber for Making Paper
Environmental and Economic Benefits of Hemp
The Sustainability of Tree Paper vs. Hemp Paper (PDF)
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