10 Eye-Opening Facts About Hemp:

  1. 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, etc… were made from hemp until the 1820’s with the introduction of the cotton gin. All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s.

  2. Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America, and it processed hemp. Also, the War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow’s import to England.

  3. Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from hemp! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10x stronger than steel. (Popular Mechanics, 1941.)

  4. Refusing to grow hemp in America during the 17th and 18th centuries was against the law! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763-1769. You could even pay taxes with hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800’s! (L.A. Times. Aug. 12, 1981)

  5. Quality paints and varnishes were made from
Hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in American for paint products in 1935. (Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony before the U.S. Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.)

  6. For thousands of years, 90% of all ships’ sails and ropes were made from hemp. The world ‘canvas’ comes from the Middle English word, ‘canevus’ which comes from the Latin word, ‘cannabis.’ (Webster’s New World Dictionary)

  7. In 1938, hemp was called the “Billion Dollar Crop.” It was the first time a cash crop had the business potential to exceed a billion dollars. (Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938)

  8. The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th century.

  9. In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940’s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down. Government studies showed that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the works to implement such programs. (U.S. Dept of Agriculture Archives)

  10. The oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5,000 years in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes back to Ancient Egypt. 


Now ask yourself why it was made it illegal just as the cotton, timber, oil, paper, plastic, and pharmaceutical companies took off? 


Hemp has shown it can eliminate toxins and radioactive material from the environment. Scientists planted it at Chernobyl and found that hemp conducted phytoremediation and removed chemicals from the soil better than any other plant.

Hemp wasn’t prohibited in the United States until the 1950s. During WWII, when supplies of Japanese-made hemp were cut off, the U.S. Department of Agriculture started the “Hemp for Victory” campaign, creating a thirteen-minute video to promote hemp growing in the United States. The crop was needed to make everything from rope to sails for ships. The word “canvass” is rooted in the world “cannabis,” according to the North American Industrial Hemp Council.

This one plant can be used to produce several products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and bio-fuel! The medicinal properties and uses of hemp are not promoted fairly in the mainstream media. Too good to disclose or may be too cheap for business!

Hemp processed with lime to create a concrete-like material can be used for insulation in houses. Hempcrete can replace wood to build very durable and breathable homes. 

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