Ancient Hemp Snuffed By Polyester
ancestors were pretty smart eco-folks. Did you know that hemp
is one of the earliest cultivated plants known, and ancient Asians
used hemp to make
clothes, shoes, ropes, and an early form of paper over 10,000
cloth was more common than linen until the mid 14th century.
The word canvas in arabic, actually means Hemp. And, in late
medieval Germany and Italy, hemp was employed in cooked dishes,
in a soup.
was the perfect archival medium and painting material. Rembrandt,
Van Gogh and Gainsborough used hemp oil paints and hemp canvas
for their painting. Hemp paper was also used for the first draft
of the American declaration of Independence. The Magna Carta
and The King James Bible were also written on hemp paper.
1883, 75-90% of all paper in the world was made from hemp. It
is said to last 50 to 100 times longer than paper made from timber.
Hemp was used extensively by the United States during WWII. Uniforms,
canvas, and rope were among the main textiles created from the
hemp plant at this time.
In World War II, farmers were
encouraged to grow hemp for cordage. The US government evenproduced
a film explaining the uses of hemp called Hemp
So what happened?
1936, the liquor industry funded the infamous movie titled Reefer
Madness. This movie depicts a man going insane
from smoking marijuana, and then killing his entire family with
an ax. This campaign of lies, as well as other evidence, have led
many to believe there may have been a hidden agenda behind Marijuana
Shortly before marijuana was banned by The Marijuana Tax Act of
1937, new technologies were developed that made hemp a potential
competitor with the newly-founded synthetic fiber and plastics
In the 1930s, Americans knew that hemp was a common,
useful, and harmless crop. It is extremely unlikely anyone would
have believed hemp was dangerous, or would have believed stories
of hemp madness. Thus, the words marijuana and reefer were substituted
for the word hemp in order to frighten the public into supporting
Hemp Prohibition. Very few people realized that marijuana and hemp
came from the same plant species; thus, virtually nobody knew that
Marijuana Prohibition would destroy the hemp industry.
opposition to trace amounts of THC, a chemical shown by scientific
research to be less addictive and less harmful than nicotine
or alcohol, led some of its critics, like Jack Herer in
The Emperor Wears No Clothes, to charge ulterior motives such
as protection of the synthetic-fibre, wood pulp, petrochemical,
and pharmochemical industries.
US government's position has not been completely constant, as
shown by the wide-spread cultivation
of industrial hemp in Kentucky and Wisconsin during World War
of the HIA, however, argue that the necessities of the war and
the unavailability of adequate synthetic substitutes
outweighed the (unfounded) social, health, and public safety
risks of producing hemp. (Wait, what about the crazy Reefer
Madness Axe Weilding Guy?)
For the exception of three US states, hemp is illegal to freely
grow in the US and several other countries because the plant is
is imported from China and the Philippines. The US is the only
industrialized country where hemp is illegal to grow.
Hemp is once again sold alongside
as environmental awareness becomes more prevalent. Hemp
laws are being passed around the United States in states such
as Kentucky, Vermont and North Dakota, where farmers are now allowed
to grow it.
Hemp Plastic is a new technology based on 20-100% hemp fiber-based
plastics that can be molded or injection molded. The use of fiber-reinforced
composites and other natural plastics are expected to become more
popular as oil prices rise and the world becomes more environmentally
The increased demand for health food has stimulated the trade
of shelled hemp seed, hemp protein powder and hemp oil as well
as finished and ready-to-eat food products (waffles, granola bars,
ice cream, and milk for example) using these derivatives as ingredients.
The use of hemp oil in the manufacture of body care products has
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