What is cannabis Hemp?
About 6000 years ago was the beginning of a beautiful symbiotic relationship between humans and the Cannabis Plant. Cannabis is cultivated for three main reasons, the nutritious seeds, the fibrous stalks,and the resinous flowers. Cannabis seeds are rich in oil and protein and can be used as nutritional foods as well as a source of oil for fuel and skin care products. Cannabis fiber, produced from the stalks of the plant, is used to make tough cloth, paper, and rope. The seeds and fiber are known as HEMP.
Hemp fibers from the stalk of Cannabis
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History of Cannabis HEMP
In 1619, America’s first “Marijuana” law was put into place in the Jamestown Colony, Virginia, actually forcing all the farmers to grow more of the Indian hempseed. The same law soon followed in Massachusetts in 1631, in Connecticut in 1632, and in the Chesapeake colonies into the mid 1700′s.
In England full British citzenship was given to foreigners who would grow cannabis. Fines were even given to those who refused.
Cannabis was legal tender in most of the Americas from 1631 until the early 1800s so that American farmers had more reason to grow more. You could also pay your taxes with cannabis hemp in America for over 200 years.
During a Cannabis hemp shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767 you could of been jailed for not growing cannabis.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew cannabis on their plantations. Benjamin Franklin started one of America’s first paper mills with cannabis. This allowed the colonies to have free press and not rely on England for paper and books.
Cannabis extracts were used at medicines all the way until prohibition. It was one of the most prescribed medicines. there was not one reported death from cannabis extract medicines, and virtually no abuse or mental disorders reported. Below is a picture of medicinal cannabis extract.
1,000 years before the time of Christ until 1883 A.D. cannabis hemp was the planets largest agricultural crop and most important industry. It involved thousands of products and enterprises; producing the overall majority of the Earth’s fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense and medicines. Also was a primary source of essential food oil and protein for humans and animals.
Great wars were quarreled over the availability of hemp. For example, the main reason for the War of 1812 (fought by America against Great Britain) was for access to Russian cannabis hemp. Russian hemp was also the principal reason that Napoleon (our 1812 ally) and his “Continental Systems” allies invaded Russia in 1812.
In 1942, after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines cut off the supply of Manila (Abaca) hemp, the U.S. government distributed 400,000 pounds of cannabis seeds to American farmers from Wisconsin to Kentucky, who produced 42,000 tons of hemp fiber annually until 1946 when the war ended.
Because cannabis hemp is, overall, the strongest, most-durable, longest-lasting natural soft-fiber on the planet. Its leaves and flower tops “marijuana” were, depending on what culture it was, the first, second or third most-important and most-used medicines for two-thirds of the world’s people for at least 3,000 years, until the turn of the 20th century.