Hemp is exploding in popularity, but most people still have no idea what it can do. This article list just 5 of its many thousand uses.
John Quincy Adams (later to become President), who was American Consul at St. Petersburg, in 1809 noted:
“As many as 600 clipper ships, flying the American flag, in a two-week period, were in Kronstadt” (the Port of St. Petersburg, once called Leningrad in the former USSR) loading principally cannabis hemp for England (illegally) and America, where quality hemp is also in great demand.
The War of 1812 is a mystery to most Americans, because American schools aren’t allowed to mention hemp, which was at the center of the conflict.
Simply put, hemp for rope and sails was the most important natural resource of the day, and the best hemp came from Russia. When France cut off Britain’s access to Russian hemp, the British forced American sailers to be their middle men (under threat of impressment). It was this “Interference in American trade and sovereignty” that President Madison cited as his chief justification for declaring war.
For more info read Jack Herer’s book (linked above) and his source book “America, Russia, Hemp, and Napoleon.”
The body of the car is completely impact-resistant and made entirely out of hemp. When we think of cars we think of gasoline, steel, pollution, etc. Even though we have had some innovative and visually pleasing cars on the road today, it is difficult to ignore the sheer environmental impact that modern cars create.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a hemp car making noise, did you know that Henry Ford spent more than a decade researching and building his Model T car? This was in the 1940′s, it was completely made from hemp. This car was 10 times stronger than steel and was also designed to run off of hemp bio-fuel! Whatever happened to this idea? Read more about that here.
Everything old is new again.
Popular Mechanics, 1938
Published only a few months after hemp was banned as “The demon weed Marijuana” that caused “Mexicans and negroes rape white women,” this article proves more than anything else that the war on drugs has been a total farce since the beginning.
Part of Mitlin’s research is finding ways to use plant waste as feedstocks for commercial materials. He thought he could transform waste from the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa) into a carbon nanomaterial that had similar properties to graphene and with a much smaller price tag.
Mitlin and his colleagues focused on a barklike layer of the plant called the bast, which is usually incinerated or sent to landfills during industrial hemp production. “Hemp bast is a nanocomposite made up of layers of lignin, hemicellulose, and crystalline cellulose,” Mitlin says. “If you process it the right way, it separates into nanosheets similar to graphene.”
This proves once again that there are many low tech solutions to the biggest problems. Necessity is the mother of invention, and in the world of Corporate Big Science, the simple solutions are often ignored because they won’t make the big profits.
You may think “the problem” is providing cheap energy to the most people, but the only problem Wall Street cares about solving is how to maximize profits.
The Cost of Living on this planet is based on the cost of our forced dependence on petrochemical products controlled by corrupt dictatorships and protected by $1 Trillion a year of American weapons and soldiers.
Imagine if those soldiers were farmers growing the Hemp “The Trillion Dollar Crop” to supply the people of America with all the food, fiber, fuel, and oil we need to thrive, just like our forefathers did.
As the old saying goes: “One man’s dream is a multi-national petrochemical corporation’s nightmare!”
Sign our White House Hemp Petition: http://wh.gov/wPIw
Hemp was, at one time, as American as apple pie. The first currency was printed on hemp paper. Hemp flour, hemp oil, hemp seeds and hemp fiber were an invaluable part of American society. The English colonists at Jamestown cultivated hemp in the 1600’s and used the fiber for rope, clothing, linen, rugs and even sails. No doubt hemp seed and oil were an integral part of the early settlement kitchen and medicine cabinet. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both grew hemp.
President Washington urged his fellow citizens to “Make the most of Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
President Jefferson declared “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
But what do they know?
If you’re tired of government gridlock and looking for real solutions to our economic problems, this is your lucky day!
PLEASE SIGN AND PASS ON THIS WHITE HOUSE PETITION supporting bipartisan efforts for real agricultural reform. The economic potential of industrial hemp for every state of our union is huge, and closer than ever to becoming a reality, but we need 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days to get a response from the White House. So, stop complaining about the economy and tell Congress and the White House to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Seriously. Do it. Left Wing or Right Wing. Red State or Blue State. Hemp could be the first Trillion Dollar Crop.
The American hemp industry, revived in the 1990s in a wave of cannabis-fueled environmentalism, now sells $450 million a year of products from hemp-oil soap to hemp-coned speakers for guitar amplifiers, according to an industry trade group. Yet all the raw material used for these products, from fiber to hempseed oil, has to be imported, as it’s still illegal to grow hemp in the United States.