A Few Hemp Facts

  • Hemp has been grown for at least 12,000 years for fiber and food.
  • Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.
  • The word canvas is derived from the word cannabis.
  • Several car manufacturers are currently experimenting with using hemp fiber in their composite components. Henry Ford did that years ago.
  • The original diesel engine was designed to run on vegetable and hempseed oil.
  • The original American flag (Betsy Ross) was made of hemp.
  • At a volume level of 81%, hemp oil is the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (the ‘good’ fats). It is quite high in some essential amino acids, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient also found in mother’s milk.
  • Per acre, hemp can yield up to four times more fiber than the average forest.
  • Hemp can replace wood for construction materials.
  • Kimberly-Clark has a mill in France that produces paper for bibles. Because the paper is acid free it can last up to 1,500 years. Wood pulp paper has a life of from 25 to 100 years.
  • Processing hemp into paper does not require the nasty chemicals that wood does for bleaching.
  • Hemp can be made into a linen quality fabric.
  • The original Levi’s were made from hemp sailcloth.
  • Fabrics made from at least 50% hemp block the Sun’s harmful UV rays more effectively than other fabrics.
  • Hempseed oil makes a fine lubricant. Paints, resins, shellac and varnishes used to be made from linseed and hempseed oils.
  • Birdseed has sterilized hempseed in it. The hulls contain about 25% protein.
  • Hemp will grow just about anywhere. Because hemp is naturally pest resistant it doesn’t require near the chemicals that cotton does. Hemp plants are grown close together effectively blocked out the Sun from weeds.
  • Back in the sailing days England’s powerful navy was possible because they had a monopoly on middle eastern hemp.

Man, there are, like, over 25,000 products that can me made from hemp. I could go on forever. I think this small list is adequate enough for you to catch my Drift.

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