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Hemp - The Wonder Plant

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For thousands of years, 90% of all ships' sails and rope were made from hemp. The word 'canvas' is Dutch for cannabis; Webster's New World Dictionary.

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The first Bibles, maps, charts, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp; U.S. Government Archives.

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Hemp has a higher quality fiber than wood fiber. Far fewer caustic chemicals are required to make paper from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does not turn yellow and is very durable.

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In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp. Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees.

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Industrial hemp has a THC content of between 0.05 and 1%. Marijuana has a THC content of 3% to 20%. Getting high from hemp is nearly impossible.

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Hemp fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent and more mildew-resistant than cotton. Fabrics made of at least one-half hemp block the sun's UV rays more effectively than other fabrics.

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Hemp grows well in a variety of climates and soil types. It is resistant to most pests, precluding the need for pesticides. It grows tightly spaced, out-competing any weeds, so herbicides are not necessary.


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Canada has been growing industrial hemp since 1998. Cannabis seed shops are sprouting all over CA.   In 1935 116 million pounds (58,000 tons) of hemp seed was used to make paints and varnishes.

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Hemp seed was the # 1-selling bird feed; 4 million pounds were sold in the U.S. in 1937. Hemp seed oil is the highest source of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids which help control cholesterol, arterial blockage and the immune system.

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