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CBD Benefits

What is CBD? Cannabidiol which is also known as CBD is a compound in the cannabis plant.  CBD is one of at least 85 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is the second most abundant compound in hemp, which represents up to 40 percent of its compounds, the first being THC.  The chart below shows various benefits of CBD. Can CBD get me high? People often ... Read More »

Graphics: Hemp History

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Marijuana: Since 8000-5000 BC

Marijuana use can be traced as far back as the Neolithic era (8,000-5,000 BC), where charred remains of cannabis seeds have been unearthed in ancient braziers of present day Romania.   Evidence of marijuana cultivation reaches back as far as 2737 B.C. China, where it was used as a treatment for rheumatism, malaria, and absent-mindedness. It was used recreationally in ... Read More »

Christopher Columbus discovered America with Ships that used Hemp Sails

An early American explorer in 1524 described the American natives as using “threads of wild hemp.” Christopher Columbus’s ships each carried over 80 tons of hemp rigging and hemp canvas sails. Canvas is an extremely heavy-duty plain-woven fabric used for making sails, tents, …for “made of hemp,” originating from the Greek κάνναβις (cannabis). Hemp fiber is two to three times as strong ... Read More »

The Declaration of Independence Drafts were written on Hemp

Many supporters of the legalization of marijuana often mistakenly say that the Declaration of Independence is written on hemp but they are only partially correct. The original drafts of The Declaration of Independence were written on paper material made from Hemp which is, yes, the same plant as marijuana. The majority of paper at the time was made from a ... Read More »

The Marijuana Tax of 1937

The US Government gave farmers permits to grow hemp/marihuana for fiber during World War 2. They called the fiber field ‘marihuana.’ The reason hemp, or marijuana, was prohibited in the 20th century was to suppress hemp fuel and fiber production (see below about hemp fuel). The Act levied a tax equaling roughly one dollar on anyone who dealt commercially in ... Read More »

Graphics: Many Uses of Cannabis and Hemp

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Henry Ford’s first Model-T was made of hemp and built to run on hemp gasoline

Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel; Popular Mechanics, 1941. “There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yeild of ... Read More »

The Eighth Wonder of the World, the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable was made of Hemp

Our country has a history of growth and progress, from Pony Express letter to the iPhone call. Through the agricultural age to the industrial and straight into the technological age. Our citizens changing over time as new discoveries about our capabilities are made, we have gotten better at so many things, and yet continue to struggle in others. The beginnings ... Read More »

1914 10 Dollar Bill was Printed on Hemp Paper and Portrays Farmers Plowing Hemp

This video highlights a 1914 series $10 bill of a hemp harvest that is printed ‘right on the money.’ This paper was also made of hemp. The first Federal Reserve Bank notes were issued in 1914. This $10 bill bears the signature of Andrew Mellon, the Secretary of the Treasury under multiple presidential administrations. Mellon was also the head of ... Read More »