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The Use, Abuse and Eventual Re-Use of Hemp in America

Apr 12th 2014 at 7:24 PM

The industrial use of Hemp can be dated back as far as 10,000 years ago when it was used in weaving. Some Carbon dating suggests that wild hemp was used as far back as 8,000 B.C. according to the Columbia History of the World, 1996. And hemp cultivation in Great Britain dates back to 800 A.D. In the 16th Century, Henry VIII encouraged farmers to plant the crop extensively to provide materials for the British Naval fleet. A steady supply of hemp was needed for the construction of battleships and their components. Rigging, pendants, pennants, sails, and oakum were all made from hemp fiber and oil. Hemp paper was used for maps, logs, and even for the Bibles that sailors may have brought on board.
That brings us to the Americas, as early as 1619, Industrial Hemp was grown by law. The Virginia House of Burgess passed acts that stated, "All Planters in Virginia", to sow both "English and Indian "Hemp. Even the Puritans grew hemp. The USS Constitution, the flag ship of the U.S. Navy of 1776, was powered by hemp. The ship had more than 120,000 pounds of hemp in it's rigging,sails,and rope. Since the earliest times of the Colonies hemp has been used in clothes, rope, soaps, food, and medicines. Since the 1600's people were ordered to grow hemp, by the 1800's people were jailed for not growing it. Hemp was also a legal currency that people could use to pay taxes with. In 1896 Rudolph Diesel created his famous engine to be ran using fuel from vegetable and seed oils. Even Henry Ford saw the potential for the distilling of hemp oil. Mr. Ford had a biomass conversion plant at
his Iron Mountain plant in Michigan. They produced things such as extracted methanol, charcoal fuel ,tar, pitch, ethyl acetate and creosote, fundamental ingredients for modern industry. Today these are supplied by oil-related industries. Finally though, under great pressure from the Timber and Cotton Industries, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was enacted, essentially bringing an end to the production of hemp in the U.S.
From 1937 until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor there was no hemp grown in America, but the war ended that. At least one funny and hypocritical incident occurred from the war, you see the U.S. had been importing hemp from the Philippines, now we had no supply of hemp. What does our government do? The government created War Hemp Industries, the government subsidized the cultivation of 1 Million acres of hemp to support the war effort, but as soon as the war was over so was hemp in America. Just like today, we imported hemp, just as we do oil, instead of utilizing the natural resource we have. But, unlike oil and timber, both resources are either not renewable or at least it takes so long to regenerate, they are almost cost prohibited. As, we so well know from the oil embargo of the 70's
and the high price of gas today, and buy a ream of paper today. You see hemp can be grown in nearly every State in the Union, and a farmer can get 3 crops a year from it. And, you can only get 1 crop of cotton a year from a particular field. So you see the economics of hemp are prohibitive for us? We'll since you didn't fall for that, the government says it's dangerous to our health. Oh, sorry Uncle Sam, we already know it was used in food in the 1600's.

Now come forward to today, the feed seed, your pet bird eats, has imported hemp seed in it. More importantly, the Science community now knows that the human body has what it known has the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Science also knows that our bodies produce only a portion of what we need to support the ECS system. It is widely known in the realm of Science, that if you supplement your ECS system with the intake of safe, non-toxic, non-habit forming cannabinoids (CBD's), you will certainly have a healthier ECS system, but probably a healthier you. Now what are cannabinoids and where do they come from? Well guess what, they come from Hemp. Doesn't surprise you huh? Since the 1960's when the cannabinoid was first isolated to, today research has shown that the ingestion of
cannacinoids can have a broad clinical potential on hundreds of aliments. Some so important, that it could almost be called criminal,(at least by me), that the United States does not have a steady supply of Hemp in this country. Now you can of course go to the Whole Foods store and get Hemp Seed Oil or seeds or a whole host of Hemp products, but what dosage do you need? Or, how often, or what form do I need? You see CBD's are fat soluble, that's why their effects are prolonged and taper off slowly.
That's why we need to grow Hemp in our County again, we won't have to depend on what
might be an unsteady supply. The government can't tell us it's illegal, since they allow the products on store shelves already, it's just illegal for U.S. to produce it locally, so what can be the problem. Just like everything else, the dollars are in the wrong hands. Just like in the 1930's, timber, cotton and especially the oil industry are afraid of competition. Even the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, excludes the mature stalks, fiber and oil and the products derived from them. That's why there is no control over the products we have, we can't tell what we need to buy? We just buy something and hope it helps us somehow. That's why the NIH patent #6630507 is so important, it gives exclusive rights to one company for the
therapeutic uses of cannabinoids. The research and development from this company produces, products that have consistent dosage and many different delivery systems

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There are many sources of research, but one really good one is: http://mycbdresearch.com/

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