hemp history

Hemp Oakum

“Oakum is a preparation of tarred fiber used in shipbuilding for caulking or packing the joints of timbers in wooden vessels and the deck planking of iron and steel ships, as well as cast iron pipe plumbing applications. It was forced between the seams using a hammer and a caulking iron, then sealed into place with hot pitch.” Oakum is made from strands of …

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Our money even reflected industrial hemp's great value - the 10 dollar bill

Learning about Hemp – 15 Facts about Hemp

Hemp is the common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis, although the term is often used to refer only to cannabis strains cultivated for industrial use (low or no THC varieties). Industrial hemp has many uses, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, and fuel. It is one of the fastest growing …

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Little Wolf & Dull Knife in Washington 1873

Hemp and the Lakota Tribes

The Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1898 is an agreement made between the US Government and the indigenous tribes of Black Hills, a mountainous range extending from South Dakota to Wyoming, guaranteeing the Lakota Tribe land ownership and their rights to govern themselves as a sovereign nation, outside of interference of the United States Government. …

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Ordered to grow hemp, yep ordered

Letter to the Editor: America’s first marijuana law was enacted in 1619 and it ordered all farmers to grow hemp seed. The primary reason for war by America against Great Britain in 1812 was for access to Russian Cannabis hemp. The hemp seed was so important to our country, that Thomas Jefferson smuggled hemp seed …

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