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?