The Wonders of Hemp

Hemp in History

  • In 1619 Jamestown Colony, Virginia enacted laws ordering farmers to grow hemp. Similar laws were enacted in Massachusetts in 1631, Connecticut in 1632 and the Chesapeake Colonies in the mid-1700′s.
  • In England, foreigners were awarded with citizenship if they grew cannabis; those who refused were fined.
  • From 1631 until the early 1800′s, hemp was used as legal money, with which one could buy goods and pay bills.
  • Hawaii is the first state since the 1950′s to legally plant a hemp crop.
  • Until 1883, 75-90% of all paper in the U.S. was made with hemp.
  • Hemp seed was the # 1-selling bird feed; 4 million pounds were sold in the U.S. in 1937.
  • In the mid-to-late 1800′s the 2nd & 3rd most commonly used medications were concentrated cannabis extracts and resins (a.k.a. hashish).
  • A bridge in the south of France dated at 500-700 A.D. was built with a mixture of hemp.
  • In 1941 Henry Ford built a car with a plastic made from hemp and wheat straw.
  • Until 1937 70-90% of all rope and twine was made with hemp.
  • Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp on their plantations.
  • In 1850 the U.S. Census reported 8,327 hemp plantation of at least 2000 acres in size. Not counted were thousands of smaller crops.
  • The original Levi Strauss jeans were made from hemp.
  • In 1942 the U.S. government strongly encouraged hemp cultivation to help with the war effort, going so far as to produce a film entitled “Hemp For Victory“.
  • The version of the Declaration of Independence released on July 4, 1776 was written on hemp.
  • In 1619 Jamestown Colony, Virginia enacted laws ordering farmers to grow hemp. Similar laws were enacted in Massachusetts in 1631, Connecticut in 1632 and the Chesapeake Colonies in the mid-1700′s.
  • In England, foreigners were awarded with citizenship if they grew cannabis; those who refused were fined.
  • From 1631 until the early 1800′s, hemp was used as legal money, with which one could buy goods and pay bills.
  • Hawaii is the first state since the 1950′s to legally plant a hemp crop.

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