The history of hemp

Hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years and used for many things including the manufacture of fabric, rope and paper. In fact, hemp oil was even tested as one of the first biofuels by the Ford Motor company in the early 1900’s.

During the 1800’s, the farmers of Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts were ordered by law to grow Indian hemp. If caught not growing hemp, the farmer could be jailed! During this time, hemp was considered legal tender that could even be used to pay your taxes! At this time there were over 8000 plantations that were growing 2000 acres or more of hemp.

In the mid 1930’s, big industry became threatened by the prospects of using hemp fibers for textile and paper products which could displace lumber in many cases. The lumber companies pressured congress to protect them on this threat, creating the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937. This act imposed harsh taxes and licensing requirements that made it almost impossible for hemp to be farmed.

Today, the tables are turning on the acceptability of hemp due to the fantastic health benefits being reported from CBD. Education is the key to advancing this treatment and unlocking its true potential.