What's the deal with hemp?

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I always thought it was some hippy niche thing. I just came across this article. Cliffnotes: hemp dominated and now for some reason it doesn't. Can anyone enlighten me on hemp and whether this article is just blowing smoke, or why hemp has been black-listed for some reason?

*Article from collective-evolution's website:

Hemp is always a fun topic to look at because it really makes you ask the obvious question: “Why are we not using this stuff for pretty much EVERYTHING that we do?” Well, the answer to that is quite simple, but not really what this article is about so we can save that for another time. What we have here is a list of 10 eye opening facts about Hemp. (There’s actually more than 10 cause some have two, but who’s counting!) Once again, HEMP does NOT get you high! Different plant.

1. 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. All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s.

2. 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.

3. Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed 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, 1941.)

4. 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. You could even pay taxes with hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800s!! (LA Times. Aug. 12, 1981.)

5. 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 the U.S.Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.)

6. For thousands of years, 90% of all ships’ sails and rope were made from hemp. The word ‘canvas’ comes from the Middle English word “canevas” which comes from the Latin word cannabis. (Webster’s New World Dictionary.)

7. In 1938, hemp was 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.)

8. 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.

9. 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. (U.S. Department of Agriculture Archives.)

10. Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.
 
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I need links to where your getting your info and I belive the issue was the fact that the ills of weed came about. I'm most likely wrong on that though
 
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hemp is actually more industrious and stronger than cotton and the cannabis plant can be grown almost anywhere. 

there are a lot of morally bankrupt organizations that you would never think of that actively contribute to those devil anti drug lobbying groups. 
 
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according to nike stats and their 'making' app, hemp is not as environmentally friendly as it may seem.. probably a larger carbon footprint than what's being used right now
 
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hemp is also a huge superfood. hemp seeds are delicious and hemp protein powders are legit. look it up. :smokin
 

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hemp is also a huge superfood. hemp seeds are delicious and hemp protein powders are legit. look it up. :smokin
yup it really is. I work at Whole Foods and a lot of people like to add hemp protein to their smoothie. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra comes to my store all the time and he always orders the same smoothie with hemp protein powder. He says hemp makes bowel movements easier and the nutrients inside are a natural detox, or something like that. Can't remember right now :lol:
 
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OP search "joe rogan hemp" on youtube, for some reason I believe him 100%, never really researched to make sure though. Basically comes down to big business back in the day
 
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Because there are people who wouldn't be successful without cheating.
 
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I know I could google all this, but the fun of a forum is the discussion.

Why do big business' not want hemp to become a viable industry?
What industries would it affect? (apparel, gasoline, footwear??)
What is the difference between hemp and cannabis?
Is it illegal to grow hemp on a personal level? On a corporate level?
 
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according to nike stats and their 'making' app, hemp is not as environmentally friendly as it may seem.. probably a larger carbon footprint than what's being used right now
Multi-national corporations with vested interests cannot be an impartial source of information.
1 acre of hemp produces as much raw material as 4 acres of trees.

So they're chopping down the amazon when you got this hemp that grows like weed and produces a superior fiber in a fraction of the time. Logic....there is none, unless you follow the $$$$.
 
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We could effectively reverse the greenhouse effect by reintroducing the production of hemp and discontinuing the forresting of our rain forests.
Trees takes decades to grow. Hemp's grow cycle is 9 months.
Not to mention we can be completely free from using fossil fuels as hemp is an excellent source for biofuel.

There is no logic that can explain why hemp is illegal. Especially since it was once used extensively
But once all the older generation dies off, hemp AND Marijuana will be legal nationwide.

My question is, how f'n gullible were people back then?
A couple of movies and some government propaganda and all of the sudden everyone is against it.
 
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I kinda compare the demonization of Cannabis to the demonization of Pit Bulls.
They both happened in a similar fashion
 
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We could effectively reverse the greenhouse effect by reintroducing the production of hemp and discontinuing the forresting of our rain forests.
Trees takes decades to grow. Hemp's grow cycle is 9 months.
Not to mention we can be completely free from using fossil fuels as hemp is an excellent source for biofuel.

There is no logic that can explain why hemp is illegal. Especially since it was once used extensively
But once all the older generation dies off, hemp AND Marijuana will be legal nationwide.

My question is, how f'n gullible were people back then?
A couple of movies and some government propaganda and all of the sudden everyone is against it.
Some would argue that this still happens.
 
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We could effectively reverse the greenhouse effect by reintroducing the production of hemp and discontinuing the forresting of our rain forests.
Trees takes decades to grow. Hemp's grow cycle is 9 months.
Not to mention we can be completely free from using fossil fuels as hemp is an excellent source for biofuel.

There is no logic that can explain why hemp is illegal. Especially since it was once used extensively
But once all the older generation dies off, hemp AND Marijuana will be legal nationwide.

My question is, how f'n gullible were people back then?
A couple of movies and some government propaganda and all of the sudden everyone is against it.
Some would argue that this still happens.
:lol: Exactly... the same thing is happening right now in numerous ways. We're still just as susceptible to it now as we were then.

The fact that people talk about politics and elections as if their vote matters proves how gullible society still is, as a whole.
 
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