Hemp is possibly one of the earliest plants to be cultivated dating back thousands of years...One of the earliest discoveries of hemp being used, originated in Taiwan where Hemp Cord pottery dating back over 10,000 years was discovered. Archaeologists also found the remnant of hemp cloth in what is now known as Iran and Iraq.
With Hemp getting such bad press for nearly 100 years now, we have collated some of the many facts that everyone needs to know about this very misunderstood plant.
1 ~ Hemp or Flax paper was used in the United States for making school books and dollar bills right up until the 1880's.
2 ~ Back in 1533, King Henry the VIII...made it compulsory by law to grow Hemp, for every 60 acres of farmland, cultivators had to grow 1/2 acre of Flax or Hemp. This was later sustained by Queen Elizabeth 1.
3 ~ What we believe to be one of the most prosperous benefits of the Hemp plant is...Its ability to eliminate radioactive and toxic materials from the earth. This process of Hemp gamma-linolencip cleansing the enviroment can bee seen in scientific reports from Chernobyl .
4 ~ The nutrients found in breast milk can be found in Hemp seeds. (GLA) gamma-linolenic acid is found in both hemp seed oil and breast milk. Hemp seed oil is also rich in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, neither of which can be produced by the human body alone...this make Hemp oil far healthier than most varaties of vegetable oil.
5 ~ The oil produced from Hemp seeds can be used to build and power motor vehicles through being transformed into a biodegradable non-toxic biodiesel.
6 ~ The earliest maps, charts and even bibles were made from hemp.
7 ~ Van Gogh's Mona Lisa is painted on a canvas made from Hemp.
8 ~ Henry Ford the American founder of the motor company Ford...After 12 years of research in 1941, he revealed his Hemp fuelled car, as he believed he would one day 'grow automobiles from the soil'.
9 ~ Hemp has been used in the past to create rope, sails, clothes and tents. The word 'canvas' actually originates from the Latin word Cannabis.
10 ~ When used for building materials Hemp built structures fire-resistant, pest, rot and mold free.
11 ~ Prior to the 1820's when cotton dominated industries, Hemp was used in more than 80% of clothing, textiles and fabrics.
12 ~ World hunger could potentially be resolved...If Hemp seeds were distributed to those that are suffering from starvation and made to be a staple of their diets. As its nutritional benefits make it the healthiest meat alternative and it has the ability to prevent malnutrition.
Hemp has encountered a long, painful exsistance throughout history in Britain and the world. Although Hemp has played a crucial role in growth and the development of society , appearing in many forms throughout history and has been recorded to being on Roman and Anglo Saxon sites, being cultivated by the Japanese pre-neolithic age, Bhang eaters from India using it in food and beverages as early as 1000 bce.
The fall of Hemp in Britain came shortly after the great war and on 28th September 1928 it was made illegal in the UK as an addition of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1920 and by 1971 when the Misuse of drugs Act 1971 came into force it was no longer prescribed for medical use either.
By the 21st Century our attitudes towards the cannabis plant had started to change with the Netherlands being the first nation to actually legalize the plants use. In more recent times, it seems to be having a revival and peoples attitudes towards the plant are on a global change.
"Marijuana, in it's natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man ... One must reasonably conclude that there is accepted safety for use of marijuana under medical supervision. To conclude otherwise, on the record, would be unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious"
- DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis J. young, 1988.
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