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Hemp in history December 30, 2004 6:19 PM

I thought it would be cool to show some of the ways that hemp has contributed to our american history. You see, hemp has played a pretty big roll in our country before the government decided to foolishly shun it. Every so often I am going to use this thread to post a different historical fact having to do with hemp. Others may contibute their facts and thoughts as well and the first fact is............. The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper!  [ send green star]
2nd historical fact January 01, 2005 7:10 AM

At one time ALL government documents were written on hemp paper because of its durability. ~natalie~  [ send green star]
more facts January 05, 2005 4:52 AM

In the 1600's and 1700's laws were passed in several states that made it MADITORY for farmers to grow hemp crops! Cannabis Hemp was even used as legal tender (money) just to help motivate people to grow it! Wow, the government sure has changed! ~natalie kraft~  [ send green star]
I'd just like to add..... January 05, 2005 5:04 AM

Just to show how significant that last post was I thought I'd add a little more. During hemp shortage you could be fined and jailed for not growing hemp and, in America, there were over 200 years where you could pay your TAXES with hemp!!!!!!!!!! I will post more facts later. Hope you guys are enjoying and learning ~natalie~  [ send green star]
=) January 07, 2005 3:29 PM

Heres my fun fact about hemp! Long ago the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that one acre of hemp could provide the same quantity of pulp as four acres of trees. This year the Agriculture Department announced the need to double our timber harvest by the year 2030, and industry spokespersons for the forest products industry said that still wouldn't meet the demand for timber... and also... hemp produces three times as much fiber per acre as cotton. While cotton is grown on only 3% of the world's farmland, it uses a devastating 26% of the world's pesticides per year. Hemp requires no pesticides or herbicides to grow.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Thank you January 08, 2005 1:26 PM

Beautiful Job Kelly Those are definatly important facts that we need to get out there!!!!!! ~natalie~  [ send green star]
another historical fact January 08, 2005 2:14 PM

Benjamin Franklin started one of The US's very first paper mills using all hemp paper. This way we would be one step closer to freedom from England (who provided all our materials for books and paper products). ~natalie~  [ send green star]
How about profits.... January 08, 2005 2:16 PM

If i wanted to get into hemp farming......and processing.......where could i find out information on the process of getting started.......and the profitability of such an industry?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Did you know January 08, 2005 2:31 PM

The first American flag was made out of hemp!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
A quick hemp history and info link January 09, 2005 9:13 AM

As a nutrition student I can remember some time ago doing some research on the benefits of hemp products. It was casually mentioned in a textbook, as if it were common knowledge. I was feeling rather left out of the loop, and was surprised at the extent of beneficial properties hemp can provide. During my search for info I found this site, which I am in no way endorcing commercially, I'll forwarn they do sell stuff here, but I've attached the link to their faq sheet. This page contains a quick run through of hemps place in history, and various benefits of its use. You may all be familiar with a lot of this info but its a nice little condensed chunk of hempy info  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Thanks Julia and Wendy January 09, 2005 11:22 AM

Julia: Thankyou so much for the link I too casually stumbled upon my hemp knowledge. Wendy: Good fact. Basically all American falgs after the first were made from hemp cloth for quite some time after that too (hemp was a very popular fabric). Unfortunately, If you want to get into hemp farming you will have to move away from the United States because it is illegal to grow it here. We import all of our hemp products ~natalie~  [ send green star]
=) January 09, 2005 12:06 PM

Presidents Jefferson and Washington both grew hemp! what if Bush is secretly growing hemp...hmm  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 09, 2005 12:54 PM

Well, durring the war, Bush senior's life was saved by using a parachute made with 100% hemp materials!  [ send green star]
hmmmmmmmm...... January 09, 2005 1:12 PM

What is being done to legalize hemp farming?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
how to help make hemp farming legal January 09, 2005 1:40 PM


*By buying hemp products you are showing the demand for hemp but, of course, that isn't enough.

*Educating others on the importance of hemp is a big part of it. You would be surprised by how little the masses know of hemp and how much many of them seem to strangly fear it (mainly due to the "war on drugs" hype).

*Go to to learn how to "vote hemp" This is a MAJOR part of it. Many political persons are afraid of being pro-hemp

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Yet another Historical hemp fact January 09, 2005 1:59 PM

Although hemp had already been made illegal by the 1940's it was brought back to make extra supplies for the war effort. Virtually everything that could be was made for the war out of hemp (including the parachute of Bush seniors that was mentioned earlier).

Still today, all standard uniform shoes for the military are stitched with sturdy hemp. But it is imported.


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 January 12, 2005 8:14 PM

Natalie this is great information! Thank you!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
you're welcome, here's some more...... January 15, 2005 5:51 AM

This is not a united States hemp fact..........

     It is said that Budha ate a hempseed a day to keep healthy and rounded.

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 January 18, 2005 4:11 PM

There is evidence that canabis was the planets largest agricultural crop from over 1,000 years before christ all the way up to 1883!

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 January 20, 2005 8:21 PM

THis is all very awsome information!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Another fact March 02, 2005 4:48 AM

One of the main reasons that the famous "War of 1812" was faught with great Britain was over access to Russian hemp!  [ send green star]
cannabis March 06, 2005 10:08 AM

THAT I didn't know, about Russian Hemp!  I suppose they needed it for sails for their navies and warships.  The word "canvas" comes from "cannabis"  --  the scientific name for hemp -- and not only canvas sails for sailing ships, but canvas backing for paintings, came from hemp -- the Old Master paintings we all see in museums were painted on it!

"What hempen homespuns have we here?" -- Wm. Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream.   Referring to the fact that poor people's clothing was made out of hemp.  Also many references in Shkspr to hemp rope used in hangings. 

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 March 06, 2005 2:26 PM

Thanks for adding the canvas=canabis fact Barbara. Good Shakespearian stuff too  


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The name game March 20, 2005 7:28 AM

Places like Hempstead, Longisland; Hempstead County, Arkansas; Hempstead, Texas; Hemphill, North Carolina; Hempfield, Pennsylvania; and others were named after major cannabis growing areas and/or family names derived from hemp growing!


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hemp for victory! March 20, 2005 4:21 PM

Try and get ahold of a video called "Hemp For Victory" produced BY THE U.S.GOVT. during WWII, to ENCOURAGE US farmers to grow hemp! With the Japanese takeover of the Philippines, and other SE Asian areas, our supplies of sisal and other materials for making rope, canvas, and other vital things were cut off; hemp grows better in the US than tropical plants for fiber such as sisal, so it was PATRIOTIC to grow our own to [please excuse the racist expression, but it was a war fought on BOTH sides with racist propaganda] "Beat the J-ps". 

All the info you need, it tells you not only WHY, but HOW to grow it!

The tape may be available, still, from NORML or other "legalize marijuana" organizations, where I got mine.  I know it's a different issue -- but, we all suffer from the same negative, hysterical propaganda.

Come to Seattle during "Hempfest" in the summer -- a HUGE event, totally peaceful [and,  law-abiding], where [naturally, imported] hemp products are sold and hemp information is distributed to the public!  

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hemp clothing March 20, 2005 4:33 PM

Seattle Art Museum recently had an exhibit of textiles from Asia, and among the beautiful things was antique clothing from Japan beautifully indigo-dyed {folk art, peasants' clothing}, and it was made out of hemp, and there was a special Japanese name for such garments but I've forgotten it.  Real works-of-art, and this was from the peasants, not the aristocrats or the wealthy, of a century or more ago.     [ send green star]
 March 20, 2005 6:59 PM

I have been DYING to go to the Seatle HempFest but have had niether the time nor the money. I am hoping to make it there this summer. As long as my husband can get the bus running again it should be no trouble to take the family trip (mommy, daddy, and baby) but, we will have to see


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 April 02, 2005 11:31 AM

Blue Jeans have been a staple of american culture for some time now. Do you know what the original blue jean material was made from?


Just kidding it was....... HEMP (what did you think I was going to say in a group like this?)


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 April 02, 2005 11:43 AM

I believe it was 1924 when the Ford Motor Company created a car made exclusively of Hemp. At the same time they also created fuel that when used in the vehicles actually helped our air. Of course it didn't take long for the law to ban the production and use of such a vehicle.Hemp is a wonderful, earth friendly material that could replace so many earth harming materials. Why is it not used world wide? What a difference it could make in saving our earth. Nikki  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 April 03, 2005 8:08 AM

I was just watching a documentary last night where they mentioned the Ford hemp car. Good fact Nikki and thanks


p.s. To learn more about the hemp fuels visit

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 January 04, 2006 3:31 PM

Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on hemp oil!!!  [ send green star]
anonymous Very cool facts! January 05, 2006 10:31 AM

Thanks Natalie!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 January 05, 2006 3:11 PM

Great thread!  Let's all send it to our Senators and Reps!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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