10 things you might not know about Hemp
- Hemp has been cultivated for about 10,000 years. Paper made from Hemp was discovered in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iran) dating back as far as 8,000 BC.
- Hemp has literally thousands of uses in textiles, insulation, construction materials, fuel, paper, rope and food. It is one of the most versatile materials available and one of the most widely used for thousands of years.
- Henry Ford made a car using hemp. It could replace certain steel components being both stronger and lighter. Today, carmakers are again experimenting with hemp in their designs.
- During the reign of Henry VIII, a law was passed requiring farmers to grow a quarter of an acre of hemp for every sixty acres cultivated. The hemp was needed by the Royal Navy to make ropes and sails!
- Famous hemp growers include the first president of the United States, George Washington. The second and third presidents grew it too!
- Hemp absorbs toxic material from the ground and has been planted in the past to help clean up land. In fact, it was used around Chernobyl after the nuclear disaster in 1986.
- Hemp could help us save our world. It absorbs a huge amount of carbon dioxide as it grows, locking it up and out of the atmosphere.
- Hemp became unprofitable in the United States because it was heavily taxed from 1937 as part of efforts to reduce marijuana used. Typically, bans have applied to cannabis as a whole, rather than just marijuana.
- Van Gogh loved hemp! He, along with Gainsborough, painted on canvases of it, which is another of its many uses.
- Hemp was also, until 1937, the basis of many industrial paints. It could be once again.
Bring back hemp!