Hemp comes to America

Hemp has been around long before America got here and will be a major step to establishing its future. The very first signs of hemp are from the Neolithic Era (10,200-2,000BC) in what is present day Asia. Traces of hemp fiber were found in pottery, and early forms of clothing and paper products. Which makes it one of the oldest known human cultivated crops. From Asia, hemp quickly spread to Europe where it uses expanded to cooking dishes. In 1545, the Spaniards brought hemp for the first time to the America’s. Although it would hitch a different ride to what we now know as the U.S. of A.

Whether your vote is cast in support or against of legalization, know that this country was built on hemp. Firstly, back in the 17th century hemp was used to make fabric for the sails and ropes of ships. So hemp LITERALLY brought those settlers here and would continue to provide for them and their new country. Jamestown,Virginia as well as many early settlements along the New England coast are known to have had successful hemp plantations. The states tried to encourage hemp cultivation during the 1700’s to help boost their local economies and decrease imports of hemp from other parts of the world. However the national economy, or lack there of,  was never able to get the industry to stick on a large-scale.

I bet you didn’t even know that the draft of the Declaration of Independence, the most important document in American history, was written on hemp paper. Or that our beloved national heroes George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams all owned land that grew hemp, and were huge advocates for a commercial hemp industry. We know that George Washington, this countries Forefather, wrote in his personal journal about the daily sowing of the seeds. Some say he even enjoyed smoking the flower recreationally, although there is no evidence in his journals that specifically suggests him growing for anything beyond industrial uses. Hemp is said to have been a huge contributor to the agricultural economy of the Antebellum period, and development of its fibers were encouraged as late as WW2.

 

picLOL. Just a little comic made by yours truly. George Washington really was a genius. If hemp was such a big part of American agriculture…what happened? That’s what were going to find out.

For more quick facts about hemp and its history check out the NAIHC website.

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