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Hemp has been one of the most significant crops for mankind up until this last century. It is astonishing to see how the widespread use of hemp has deteriorated to such an extent that people barely recognise it as anything but a plant that "gets you high".

Here follows a little bit of history to outline the place in society that hemp once held:

  1. The first draft of the American Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta and the King James Bible were all written on hemp paper

  2. American presidents Washington and Jefferson both encouraged the growing of hemp

  3. The majority of all twine, rope, ship sails, rigging & nets up to the late 19th Century were made from hemp fibre

  4. Hemp's demise came approximately in the 1930s at the time of the US banning of marijuana and Du Pont's patenting of their new "plastic fibre"

  5. Until 1800 hemp oil was the most consumed lighting oil in the world

  6. In 1935, 116 million pounds of hemp seed were used in America just for paint & varnish

  7. The paintings of Rembrandt, Van Gogh & Gainsborough were primarily painted on hemp canvas with hemp-based paint

  8. Henry Ford's original car was built from a mixture of plant resins including hemp

  9. Hemp has been found to be the cementing agent in a 6th Century bridge in France

More Recently

  • Bill Clinton had hemp beer served on his private jet

  • The Queen of England's horses sleep on hemp horsebedding

  • Armani has designed a hemp suit and his office is decorated with hemp textiles

  • The Body Shop has an entire hemp cosmetics range

  • Terry Waite has built a house out of hemp

  • Ford, Vauxhall, Mercedes & BMW are all testing hemp for their car construction

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