Current hemp news tells us that industrial hemp is on the rise in America. More states are beginning to grow their own industrial hemp, just as it was centuries ago. But here are a fistful of hemp facts I think will blow your minds! If anything, it’s a good read to kill some time. And yes – I know the more seasoned industrial hemp veterans already know these facts, but it’s always nice to remind ourselves just how important this crop can be/is, and let’s face it, everyone loves reading facts. Just ask Snapple.
- Hemp fact number 1
It was legal to pay taxes with hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800s. Hemp was not the only crop a person could use for paying taxes. Tobacco, cotton, lumber and alcohol have all been used as currency in the United States as well. The reason for making it legal tender was to encourage farmers to grow more. You could then pay your taxes with cannabis hemp throughout America for over 200 years.
- Hemp fact number 2
At one time hemp was legal. Not only was it legal, the law required the growing of it. In fact, refusing to grow hemp in America during the 17th and 18th centuries was actually against the law. You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769. Imagine that.
- Hemp fact number 3
The first crop to grow in many American states was industrial hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky, producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th century. With 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc., being made from hemp, it was one of the hottest crops for farmers to grow.
- Hemp fact number 4
In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper products would come from hemp and that no more trees would 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. But major paper companies had other plans. (During the years 1916-1937, William Randolph Hearst created a yellow journalism campaign to associate hemp with marijuana , thus banning both completely)
- Hemp fact number 5.
The University of Missouri estimates that an average-size metropolitan area production of 100 million gallons of biodiesel fuel could generate $8.34million in personal income and 6000 temporary and permanent jobs. In addition, biodiesel fuels emit 80% less carbon dioxide & nearly 100% less sulfur dioxide. Hemp fuels burn clean; they do not cause acid rain.