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Hemp - The crop with 50,000 commercial uses

Post#1 » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:37 am

OPINION RELEASE: Hemp - The crop with 50,000 commercial uses.

We could put all our farmers back to work tomorrow.


The Marijuana Trick - The Real Reason Hemp is Illegal
by Doug Yurchey, 2005

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more
consumed with hunger in the land.
-- Ezekiel 34/29

Where did the word 'marijuana' come from? In the mid 1930s, the M-word was
created to tarnish the good image and phenomenal history of the hemp plant...as
you will read. The facts cited here, with references, are generally verifiable
in the Encyclopaedia Britannica which was printed on hemp paper for 150 years:

* All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s; Hemp Paper
Reconsidered, Jack Frazier, 1974.

* It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631 until the early
1800s; LA Times, Aug. 12, 1981.

* REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries WAS
AGAINST THE LAW! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from
1763 to 1769; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.

* George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers GREW HEMP;
Washington and Jefferson Diaries. Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to
France then to America.

* Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and it
processed hemp. Also, the War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to
cut off Moscow's export to England; Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer.

* For thousands of years, 90% of all ships' sails and rope were made from hemp.
The word 'canvas' is Dutch for hemp; Webster's New World Dictionary.

* 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc. were
made from hemp until the 1820s with the introduction of the cotton gin.

* The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross's flag, the first drafts of the
Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp; U.S.
Government Archives.

* The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a peak year for
Kentucky producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th
Century; State Archives.

* Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although
hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.

* Rembrandts, Gainsborough's, Van Gogh's as well as most early canvas paintings
were principally painted on hemp linen.

* In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come
from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government studies report
that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the works to
implement such programs; Department of Agriculture

* Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000
tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935; Sherman
Williams Paint Co. testimony before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax

* Henry Ford's first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR
ITSELF WAS CONTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed
among his hemp fields. The car, 'grown from the soil,' had hemp plastic panels
whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel; Popular Mechanics,

* Hemp called 'Billion Dollar Crop.' It was the first time a cash crop had a
business potential to exceed a billion dollars; Popular Mechanics, Feb., 1938.

* Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938) published an article entitled
'The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that Can be Grown.' It stated that if
hemp was cultivated using 20th Century technology, it would be the single
largest agricultural crop in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The following information comes directly from the United States Department
of Agriculture's 1942 14-minute film encouraging and instructing 'patriotic
American farmers' to grow 350,000 acres of hemp each year for the war effort:
'...(When) Grecian temples were new, hemp was already old in the service
of mankind. For thousands of years, even then, this plant had been grown for
cordage and cloth in China and elsewhere in the East. For centuries prior to
about 1850, all the ships that sailed the western seas were rigged with hempen
rope and sails. For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was
...Now with Philippine and East Indian sources of hemp in the hands of the
Japanese...American hemp must meet the needs of our Army and Navy as well as of
our industries...

...the Navy's rapidly dwindling reserves. When that is gone, American hemp
will go on duty again; hemp for mooring ships; hemp for tow lines; hemp for
tackle and gear; hemp for countless naval uses both on ship and shore. Just as
in the days when Old Ironsides sailed the seas victorious with her hempen
shrouds and hempen sails. Hemp for victory!'

Certified proof from the Library of Congress; found by the research of
Jack Herer, refuting claims of other government agencies that the 1942 USDA
film 'Hemp for Victory' did not exist.

Hemp cultivation and production do not harm the environment. The USDA
Bulletin #404 concluded that hemp produces 4 times as much pulp as wood with at
least 4 to 7 times less pollution.

From Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938:
'It has a short growing season...It can be grown in any state...The long
roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the
next year's crop. The dense shock of leaves, 8 to 12 feet above the ground,
chokes out weeds.
...hemp, this new crop can add immeasurably to American agriculture and

In the 1930s, innovations in farm machinery would have caused an
industrial revolution when applied to hemp. This single resource could have
created millions of new jobs generating thousands of quality products. Hemp, if
not made illegal, would have brought America out of the Great Depression.

William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) and the Hearst Paper Manufacturing
Division of Kimberly Clark owned vast acreage of timberlands. The Hearst
Company supplied most paper products. Patty Hearst's grandfather, a destroyer
of nature for his own personal profit, stood to lose billions because of hemp.

In 1937, Dupont patented the processes to make plastics from oil and coal.
Dupont's Annual Report urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical
division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon,
rayon, Dacron, etc., could now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization
would have ruined over 80% of Dupont's business.

Andrew Mellon became Hoover's Secretary of the Treasury and Dupont's
primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, to
head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Secret meetings were held by these financial tycoons. Hemp was declared
dangerous and a threat to their billion dollar enterprises. For their dynasties
to remain intact, hemp had to go. These men took an obscure Mexican slang word:
'marihuana' and pushed it into the consciousness of America.

A media blitz of 'yellow journalism' raged in the late 1920s and 1930s.
Hearst's newspapers ran stories emphasizing the horrors of marihuana. The
menace of marihuana made headlines. Readers learned that it was responsible for
everything from car accidents to loose morality.
Films like 'Reefer Madness' (1936), 'Marihuana: Assassin of Youth' (1935)
and 'Marihuana: The Devil's Weed' (1936) were propaganda designed by these
industrialists to create an enemy. Their purpose was to gain public support so
that anti-marihuana laws could be passed.

Examine the following quotes from 'The Burning Question' aka REEFER
*a violent narcotic.
*acts of shocking violence.
*incurable insanity.
*soul-destroying effects.
*under the influence of the drug he killed his entire family with an axe.
*more vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs (heroin,
cocaine) is the menace of marihuana!

Reefer Madness did not end with the usual 'the end.' The film concluded
with these words plastered on the screen: TELL YOUR CHILDREN.

In the 1930s, people were very naive; even to the point of ignorance. The
masses were like sheep waiting to be led by the few in power. They did not
challenge authority. If the news was in print or on the radio, they believed it
had to be true. They told their children and their children grew up to be the
parents of the baby-boomers.

On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill that
outlawed hemp was directly brought to the House Ways and Means Committee. This
committee is the only one that can introduce a bill to the House floor without
it being debated by other committees. The Chairman of the Ways and Means,
Robert Doughton, was a Dupont supporter. He insured that the bill would pass

Dr. James Woodward, a physician and attorney, testified too late on behalf
of the American Medical Association. He told the committee that the reason the
AMA had not denounced the Marihuana Tax Law sooner was that the Association had
just discovered that marihuana was hemp.

Few people, at the time, realized that the deadly menace they had been
reading about on Hearst's front pages was in fact passive hemp. The AMA
understood hemp to be a MEDICINE found in numerous healing products sold over
the last hundred years.
In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The most useful crop known
became a drug and our planet has been suffering ever since.

Congress banned hemp because it was said to be the most violence-causing
drug known. Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted the
idea that marihuana made users act extremely violent. In the 1950s, under the
Communist threat of McCarthyism, Anslinger now said the exact opposite.
Marijuana will pacify you so much that soldiers would not want to fight.

Today, our planet is in desperate trouble. Earth is suffocating as large
tracts of rain forests disappear. Pollution, poisons and chemicals are killing
people. These great problems could be reversed if we industrialized hemp.
Natural biomass could provide all of the planet's energy needs that are
currently supplied by fossil fuels. We have consumed 80% of our oil and gas
reserves. We need a renewable resource. Hemp could be the solution to soaring
gas prices.

Hemp has a higher quality fiber than wood fiber. Far fewer caustic
chemicals are required to make paper from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does
not turn yellow and is very durable. The plant grows quickly to maturity in a
season where trees take a lifetime.

are biodegradable! Over time, they would break down and not harm the
environment. Oil-based plastics, the ones we are very familiar with, help ruin
nature; they do not break down and will do great harm in the future. The
process to produce the vast array of natural (hempen) plastics will not ruin
the rivers as Dupont and other petrochemical companies have done. Ecology does
not fit in with the plans of the Oil Industry and the political machine. Hemp
products are safe and natural.

MEDICINES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. We should go back to the days when the
AMA supported hemp cures. 'Medical Marijuana' is given out legally to only a
handful of people while the rest of us are forced into a system that relies on
chemicals. Hemp is only healthy for the human body.

WORLD HUNGER COULD END. A large variety of food products can be generated
from hemp. The seeds contain one of the highest sources of protein in nature.
ALSO: They have two essential fatty acids that clean your body of cholesterol.
These essential fatty acids are not found anywhere else in nature! Consuming
hemp seeds is the best thing you could do for your body. Eat uncooked hemp

CLOTHES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. Hemp clothing is extremely strong and
durable over time. You could hand clothing, made from hemp, down to your
grandchildren. Today, there are American companies that make hemp clothing;
usually 50% hemp. Hemp fabrics should be everywhere. Instead, they are almost
underground. Superior hemp products are not allowed to advertise on fascist
television. Kentucky, once the top hemp producing state, made it ILLEGAL TO
WEAR hemp clothing! Can you imagine being thrown into jail for wearing quality

The world is crazy...but that does not mean you have to join the insanity.
Get together. Spread the news. Tell people, and that includes your children, the
truth. Use hemp products. Eliminate the word 'marijuana.' Realize the history
that created it. Make it politically incorrect to say or print the M-word.
Fight against the propaganda (designed to favor the agenda of the super rich)
and the bullshit. Hemp must be utilized in the future. We need a clean energy
source to save our planet. INDUSTRIALIZE HEMP!

The liquor, tobacco and oil companies fund more than a million dollars a
day to Partnership for a Drug-Free America and other similar agencies. We have
all seen their commercials. Now, their motto is: 'It's more dangerous than we
thought.' Lies from the powerful corporations, that began with Hearst, are
still alive and well today.

The brainwashing continues. Now, the commercials say: If you buy a joint,
you contribute to murders and gang wars. The latest anti-hemp commercials say:
If you buy a joint...you are promoting TERRORISM! The new enemy (terrorism) has
paved the road to brainwash you any way THEY see fit.

There is only one enemy; the friendly people you pay your taxes to; the
war-makers and nature destroyers. With your funding, they are killing the world
right in front of your eyes. HALF A MILLION DEATHS EACH YEAR ARE CAUSED BY

Ingesting THC, hemp's active agent, has a positive effect; relieving
asthma and glaucoma. A joint tends to alleviate the nausea caused by
chemotherapy. You are able to eat on hemp. This is a healthy state of being.

The hemp plant is an ALIEN plant. There is physical evidence that hemp is
not like any other plant on this planet. One could conclude that it was brought
here for the benefit of humanity. Hemp is the ONLY plant where the males appear
one way and the females appear very different, physically! No one ever speaks
of males and females in regard to the plant kingdom because plants do not show
their sexes; except for hemp. To determine what sex a certain, normal, Earthly
plant is: You have to look internally, at its DNA. A male blade of grass
(physically) looks exactly like a female blade of grass. The hemp plant has an
intense sexuality.


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Post#2 » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:27 am


It's enjoyable to smoke it, too!...

Basic Uses of Industrial Hemp: Food, Fuel, Fiber
by Mari Kane

Cannabis Hemp really can provide all the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, clothing and medicine. It has been said that "anything made from a hydrocarbon can be made from a carbohydrate." Hemp is the cousin of marijuana. They are from the same plant -Cannabis sativa L. There are over 1,000 strains of Cannabis Hemp bred for various uses. The term, "Hemp" refers to the industrial use of the stalk and seed. Cannabis or "marijuana" refers to the smoking or ingesting of the flowers and leaves.

Psychoactivity requires high levels of THC -TetraHydraCannibinol. Cannabis contains 5%-10% THC. Industrial hemp contains only .3%-1.5% THC, yet has a higher concentration of Cannabidiol, or CBD, which maintains an inverse relationship with THC and tends to moderate its effects.

The plant itself is easy to grow in temperate as well as tropical climates, and requires the usual amount of fertilizer and water, but no pesticides nor herbicides. A hemp crop is usually harvested in 100-120 days after reaching a height of 4-15 feet, depending on the variety. At that point one can make it into whatever suits their needs.

The hempseed is the only source of food from the hemp plant. It is not really a seed, but an achene -a nut covered with a hard shell. Hempseed is used for people and animal food, and industrial use. Whole hempseeds imported to the United States or Canada must be sterilized to prevent sprouting. This is not the case in Europe where fresh seeds are used. Shelled hempseeds are the latest technological advance.

Whole Seed
The whole seed contains roughly 25% protein, 30% carbohydrates, 15% insoluble fiber, Carotene, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc, as well as vitamins E, C, B1, B2, B3, B6. Hempseed is one of the best source of Essential Fatty Acids with a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid, good for strengthening the immune system. It is also a source of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) which is otherwise available only from specialty oils like evening primrose oil or borage oils. Whole seeds are made into: snack bars, cookies, and porridge, or they may be roasted and consumed alone or in a trail mix, or brewed with coffee or beer. Wild and domestic birds love hempseeds too.

Shelled Seed
Removing the outer coating of the hempseed produces a wonderful nut that is being used in many different food applications, including snack bars, cookies, nutbutter, chips, pasta, tortillas, and hummus. The flavor is nutty and can be used as a topping on just about anything. It can be roasted with spices or just eaten raw.

Seed Oil
Hempseed is 30% oil, and is low in saturated fats. Hempseed oil is good for lowering cholesterol levels and strengthening cardiovascular systems. The oil has a pleasantly nutty flavor. Among the foods hempseed oil is made into are: sauces, butter, salad dressings, condiments and pesto. Processing of hempseed oil starts with drying the seeds to prevent sprouting. The seeds are then pressed and bottled immediately under oxygen-free conditions. Hempseed oil is fragile and should be kept refrigerated in dark, air tight containers.

Seed Meal and Presscake
The meat of the seed is also highly nutritious and versatile as a seed 'meal" and may be made into hemp milk and cheese, non-dairy ice cream, burgers, and anything else one might conceive of. Left over from pressing the oil is the 'presscake" -high in amino acids, which can be crushed for animal feed or pulverized for flour to make breads, pastas or pancakes.

Throughout history, hemp has provided a nourishing food supply to many cultures around the world. In Asia, roasted hempseed is eaten as a snack, like popcorn. In Russia, hemp butter was used as a condiment by the peasant folk. In Poland, seeds are used for holiday sweets. Hempseed was eaten by Australians during two famines in the nineteenth century. The most famous hempseed consumer is Buddha himself, who ate them during his fast of enlightenment.

Body Care
One of the fastest growing market sectors for hempseed oil is body care products. The phenomenal essential fatty acid content of hemp oil makes it ideal as a topical ingredient in both leave-on and rinse-off bodycare products. The EFA's help soothe and restore skin in lotions and creams, and give excellent emolliency and smooth after-feel to lotions, lipbalms, conditioners, shampoos, soaps and shaving products.

Non Food Uses:
Other non-food uses for hempseed oil are: lamp lighting, printing, lubrication, and household detergents, stain removers, varnishes, resins and paints. In this area, hempseed oil is similar to linseed oil.

One of the most valuable parts of the hemp plant is the fiber, commonly referred to as "bast," meaning that it grows as a stalk from the ground. Other fibers such as sisal, manila hemp and jute are mistakenly referred to as hemp, yet only Cannabis sativa is considered "true hemp." Among the characteristics of hemp fiber are its superior strength and durability, and its resistance to rot, attributes that made hemp integral to the shipping industry. The strong, woody bast fiber is extracted from the stalk by a process known as decortication. Hemp fiber contains a low amount of lignin, the organic glue that binds plant cells, which allows for environmentally friendly bleaching without the use of chlorine. In composite form, hemp is twice as strong as wood. All products made with hemp fiber are biodegradable.

Long Fiber
Extracted from the bark of the stalk, this type of fiber is called "long" because it stretches the entire length of the plant. The length of the fiber enhances the strength and durability of the finished goods. Hemp can grow to 15 feet or more, making it excellent for textile production. Hemp is most similar to flax, the fiber of linen products. By contrast, cotton fibers are approximately 1-2 cm in length and are prone to faster wear. Hemp fiber also has insulative qualities that allow clothing wearers to stay cool in summer and warm in the winter. It also provides UV protection. Long hemp fiber is used in twine, cordage, textiles, paper, webbing and household goods.

Short Fiber
The short fibers, or 'tow," are the secondary hemp fibers. While not as strong as the long fibers, the tow is still superior to many other fibers. Tow is extracted from the long fibers during a process called 'hackling," a method of combing and separating the fiber from hurd. Short fibers are used to make textiles, non-woven matting, paper, caulking, auto bodies, building materials and household goods.

As long ago as 450 BC the Scythians and Thracians made hemp linens. The Chinese first used hemp for paper making in 100 AD. Hempen sails, caulking and rigging launched a thousand ships during the Age of discovery in the 15th Century. The American Declaration of Independence was drafted, not signed, on hemp paper.

Also known as hurds or shives, the core is the woody material found in the center of the hemp stalk. It is rich in cellulose, a carbohydrate that can be made into paper, packaging and building materials, as well as plastic composites for making skate boards and auto bodies and interior parts such as door panels and luggage racks.

Hemp biomass as a source of fuel is the most under-exploited use of hemp, due to the fact that is economically unfeasible at this time. Hemp stalks can be used in the generation of energy through a process called 'chemurgy" which is a cross between chemicals and energy. The hemp stalk can be converted to a charcoal-like substance through a process called pyrolysis, and used for power generation and to produce industrial feed stocks. Auto giant Henry Ford was a pioneer in the pyrolysis process, and operated a biomass pyrolytic plant at Iron Mountain in Northern Michigan.

Hemp as an auto fuel is another potential use. Almost any biomass material can be converted to create methanol or ethanol, and these fuels burn cleanly with less carbon monoxide and higher octane. In fact, the diesel engine was invented to burn fuel from agricultural waste yet ended up burning unrefined petroleum. Hempseed oil can also be refined to produce a type of hemp biofuel. Woody Harrelson just toured with a diesel bus run on hemp biofuel, and a hempcar is touring this summer, demonstrating the environmental benefits of biofuels.


The Hemp Industries Association. http://hempindustries.org

Nutritional/Medicinal Guide to Hemp Seed by Ken Jones. Rainforest Botanical Laboratories.

The Great Book of Hemp by Rowan Robinson. Inner Traditions International.

Hemp: Lifeline to the Future and Hemp for Health by Chris Conrad. Creative Xpressions.

Hemp Today edited by Ed Rosenthal. Quick American.

Journal of the International Hemp Association. International Hemp Association.

HempWorld -The International Hemp Journal.
Updated from Hemp Pages 1997. Published by Mari Kane.

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