10 Hemp Fun Facts

  • The oldest relic of human industry is a piece of Mesopotamian hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC, according to the Columbia History of the World. (1)
  • A Popular Mechanics article from 1938 stated that over 25,000 different products could be made from hemp in oil, seed or fibre form. (2)
  • The hemp plant is highly resistant to most insect and disease, largely eliminating the need for most (or all) pesticides and herbicides. (3)
  • In 1853, the first pair of Levi’s jeans was made from Hemp fabric. Unfortunately, San Francisco’s Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 burned the evidence and it can no longer be proven. (4)
  • It is said that a parachute rigging made of hemp saved the life of George Bush Sr. when the young bomber pilot bailed out of his burning plane. (5)
  • Hemp is 4 times warmer than cotton, 4 times more water absorbent, has 3 times the tensile strength of cotton. It is also many times more durable and is flame retardant. (6)
  • In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the first two drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper. (7)
  • Products made solely from hemp fiber are biodegradable, compostable and recyclable, making it easier on landfills. (8)
  • Any CO2 released from burning hemp as fuel matches the CO2 the plant had beneficially taken from the environment while growing, creating what is called a closed carbon cycle that could slow down the effects of global warming (9)
  • Cosmetics manufacturers, such as Revlon, include hemp oil in makeup, lotion and shampoo. In Europe they’re using hemp in household cleaners as a natural alternative to harsher chemicals. (10)

 

Sources:

(1) Hemptown, New Enzyme Technology Changing The Way Textiles And Composites Are Made, 2005
(2) www.marijuanalibrary.org
(3) John W. Roulac, Hemp Horizons: The Comeback of the World’s Most Promising Plant, 1997
(4) www.hempfarm.org
(5) David Kelly, Effort to Revive Hemp Industry Encounters Stigma of Marijuana, 2002
(6) Jack Herer, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, 1993
(7) Richard A. Adams,The US Hemp Market: An economic examination of the hemp industry, Baker College Center for Graduate Studies
(8) www.hempfarm.org
(9) Chris Conrad, Hemp: Lifeline To The Future, 1994
(10) Sholeh Patrick, All You Need to Know About Hemp, 2005

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