Interesting facts about Hemp
- For thousands of years, 90% of all ships’ sails and rope were made from hemp. The word ‘canvas’ comes from the Middle English word “canevas” which comes from the Latin word cannabis.
80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc., were made from hemp until the 1820s.
- The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross’s flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp. (U.S. Government Archives.)
- The original Levi Strauss jeans were made from hemp.
George Washington, first President of the USA, grew cannabis and mentioned about it few times in his letters.
- William Hearst (the newspaper and magazine tycoon) and Dupont family were main lobby behind Marijuana Tax Act, 1937, which successfully destroyed the rebirth of the hemp industry in the USA.
Hemp and Health
- At one time American companies Eli Lily, Squibb and Park Davis produced cannabis extract medicines. In the mid-to-late 1800's it was the 2nd most commonly used medications in the US.
- Cannabis consumption doesn't go well along with Viagra. Hemp compounds can inhibit certain liver enzymes called cytochrome P450 and Viagra won't break down, as it should otherwise.
Hemp and the Arts
- "Alice in Wonderland" was originally printed on hemp paper. It's author, Lewis Carroll, was a frequent marijuana smoker.
- The paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt were regularly painted on hemp canvases.
Hemp and Industry
- There are over 25'000 known uses for hemp.
- On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew.
- It takes years for trees to grow until they can be harvested for paper or wood, but hemp is ready for harvesting only 120 days after it is planted. The quality of hemp paper is superior to tree-based paper, as it's not yellowing. It can be recycled many more times than tree-based paper, and requires less toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process than does paper made from trees.
- Hemp can be used to produce strong, durable and environmentally-friendly plastic substitutes. Thousands of products made from petroleum-based plastics can be produced from hemp-based composites.