OUR MISSION STARTS WITH EDUCATION
Change the world by altering the way people think of hemp
We must learn from the past to make for a better future. In the not so distant future, we envision a world where our house, car, clothes, food, fuel, and medicine are all derived from this super crop. These ideas aren’t created around fiction but by hard facts.
Hemp has been cultivated for over 10,000 years, and its fiber, seed, and flower has been used extensively. It is deeply rooted in our world’s history. Dive deeper and learn just how important hemp can be.
HEMP HISTORY 101
How much do you know about hemp?
First paper invented in China – is made from Hemp.
Mummified Ying Pan man discovered in China wearing a painted mask made from Hemp – the earliest known Hemp Bioplastic.
King Charles the Great encourages growing of Hemp throughout his empire.
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For nearly 3000 years, Hemp has been our planet’s largest agricultural crop and has produced materials that range from fiber, paper, and clothing to lighting, fuel, and medicine. Its benefits don’t end there. It has historically been a primary source of essential food, oil, and protein for humans and animals.
It is and has always been Earth’s most sustainable and versatile natural resource. With modern technological advances it is now possible to make over 50,000 different types of products from just this single plant. Almost every category has been impacted by Hemp. From groundbreaking medicine to dynamite, Hemp is an outstandingly eco-friendly alternative to traditional petroleum based plastics.
The Gutenberg Bible – the world’s first book printed on a moveable type printing press is printed on Hemp paper.
King Henry 8th issued a royal proclamation which imposed a fine on any farmer that did not use some of his land for growing Hemp to supply the King’s Navy.
America’s first Hemp law orders – all farmers MUST grow Hemp. Hemp is made a legal tender (ie. can be used to pay taxes)
First American Paper Mill makes paper from Hemp.
Additional laws in America make growing Hemp compulsory for all farmers
“Make the most of Indian Hemp Seed and sow it everywhere” – George Washington, 1st President of USA and Hemp Farmer.
“We shall, by and by, want a world of Hemp more for our own consumption” – John Adams, 2nd President of USA and Hemp Farmer.
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country – If people let the Government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under Tyranny” – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of USA and Hemp Farmer.
The U. S. Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for more than 100 separate illnesses or diseases. Marijuana was America’s number-one analgesic for 60 years before the rediscovery of aspirin around 1900. From 1842 to 1900, cannabis made up half of all medicine sold, with virtually no fear of its high.
Levi Strauss & Co is founded in USA. The world’s first pair of jeans are made – from Hemp.
Until the 1880s in America (and until the 20th century in most of the rest of the world), 80 percent of all textiles and fabrics used for clothing, tents, bed sheets and linens, rugs, drapes, quilts, towels, diapers, etc., and even our flag, “Old Glory,” were principally made from fibers of cannabis.
Until 1883, from 75-90 percent of all paper in the world was made with cannabis hemp fiber, including that for books, Bibles, maps, paper money, stocks and bonds, newspapers, etc.
Rudolph Diesel invents world’s first diesel engine which is designed to run on clean burning vegetable oils including Hemp Oil which does not cause pollution or create carbon buildup inside engines.
The powerful Mellon banking family, alongside industrial titans, Rockefeller and Carnegie, had significant investments in Oil, Paper, Synthetic Fiber, Petrochemical Plastics and Pharmaceuticals – all of which were about to be made obsolete by technological advancements in Hemp processing.
US Congress approves a bill that prohibits the cultivation of all Cannabis including Hemp. Prior to 1937, there were more than 10 million acres of seed-laden cannabis hemp growing around the Earth. Hundreds of millions of birds fed off them as their Footnotes: favorite and most necessary food until our government began its policy of total eradication of this most primary link in the food chain. Four million pounds of hempseed for songbirds were sold at retail in the U.S. in 1937.
Popular Mechanics magazine article titled “New Billion Dollar Crop” announces the arrival of the new Hemp processing technology that was set to make Hemp America’s #1 commodity had it not been prohibited.
Henry Ford finishes making a car built almost entirely from hemp, and which ran on clean burning hemp fuel. The car being 30% lighter than steel cars therefore required less fuel. Its lightweight bioplastic body panels were many times stronger than steel – could not be dented with a sledge hammer. “Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” – Henry Ford
US Government cannot take part in World War 2 without Hemp for military clothing and equipment so a campaign is launched to encourage and reward US farmers for growing Hemp with a PR video titled Hemp For Victory.
1945 - Hemp prohibition begins
At the end of World War 2 the US Government begins its campaign against Hemp and claims there never was a video called Hemp For Victory. When US soldiers return from Europe they are ordered to put their Hemp uniforms back on and are sent out to American farms to burn all the Hemp crops.
Henry Anslinger attended the United Nations and persuaded the UN to have Hemp cultivation prohibited in 150 countries worldwide. As a consequence most of the world’s food, fiber, fuel and medicine went from being made organically by farmers to being produced chemically under the control of the Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical industries.
1996 - Hemp Legalization in Canada
Canada legalizes growing of Hemp which creates employment and hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue for the Canadian people.
Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill authorized hemp research and pilot programs by state departments of agriculture and institutions of higher education. Some states have licensed farmers to conduct pilot programs and research on hemp. In 2017 there were 19 states that allowed hemp to be grown.
The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill was enacted paving the way for large scale hemp commercialization.