17 Nov Fifteen Interesting Facts About Hemp
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- Until the 1880s, all schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper.
- From 1631 until the 1880s it was legal to pay taxes with hemp in America.
- It was against the law to refuse to grow hemp in America during the 17th and 18th centuries. From 1763 to 1796, in Virginia, you could be jailed for not growing hemp.
- Until the 1820’s, 80% of textiles, fabrics, linens, etc. were made from hemp.
- The first bibles were made using hemp.
- Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. In 1935, 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint production.
- Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from hemp!
- In 1938, hemp was called ‘billion dollar crop.’ It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars.
- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers grew hemp.
- 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”. (Webster’s New World Dictionary.)
- 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.
- All the parts of the hemp plant produce different products. In its raw form, it’s good for mulch, animal bedding and litter. Hemp can also be used to manufacture paint, creams, and plastic. Hemp oil can be used for cooking as well.
- Several leading car manufacturers have started to use hemp for making composite panels. Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Lotus, and Honda are among them.
- Mitsubishi, Iveco, Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo already include hemp in their cars.
- Hemp reduces the effects of destructive radioactive materials. It has been used to reduce the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster by site clearing the radio isotopes and other impurities out of the soil.