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01-25-2007, 02:49 PM
Hemp Facts You Should Know :

(Thanks to http://www.hempcar.org/hempfacts.shtml
for all these nicely compiled facts!)

Fuel :

Planting 6% of the continental U.S. with biomass crops would satisfy all of America's energy needs.

Hemp is Earth's number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months.

Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a cost comparable to petroleum, and hemp is much better for the environment.

Hemp can produce 10 times more methanol than corn.

Hemp fuel burns clean. Petroleum causes acid rain due to sulfur pollution.

The use of hemp fuel does not contribute to global warming.

Food :

Hemp seed can be pressed into a nutritious oil, which contains the highest amount of fatty acids in the plant kingdom. Essential oils are responsible for our immune system responses, and clear the arteries of cholesterol and plaque.

The byproduct of pressing the oil from hemp seed is high quality protein seed cake. It can be sprouted (malted) or ground and baked into cakes, breads, and casseroles. Hemp seed protein is one of mankind's finest, most complete and available-to-the-body vegetable proteins.

Hemp seed was the world's number one wild and domestic bird seed until the 1937 Marijuana prohibition law. Four million pounds of hemp seed for songbirds were sold at retail in the U.S. in 1937. Birds will pick hemp seeds out and eat them first from a pile of mixed seed. Birds in the wild live longer and breed more with hemp seed in their diet, using the oil for the feathers and their overall health.

Fiber :

Hemp is the oldest cultivated fiber plant in the world.

Low-THC fiber hemp varieties developed by the French and others have been available for over 20 years. It is impossible to get high from fiber hemp. Over 600,000 acres of hemp is grown worldwide with no drug misuse problem.
One acre of hemp can produce as much usable fiber as 4 acres of trees or two acres of cotton.

Trees cut down to make paper take 50 to 500 years to grow, while hemp can be cultivated in as little as 100 days and can yield 4 times more paper over a 20 year period.

Until 1883, from 75-90% of all paper in the world was made with cannabis hemp fiber including that for books, Bibles, maps, paper money, stocks and bonds, newspapers, etc.
Hemp paper is longer lasting than wood pulp, stronger, acid-free, and chlorine free. (Chlorine is estimated to cause up to 10% of all Cancers.)

Hemp paper can be recycled 7 times, wood pulp 4 times.
If the hemp pulp paper process reported by the USDA in 1916, were legal today it would soon replace 70% of all wood paper products.

Rag paper containing hemp fiber is the highest quality and longest lasting paper ever made. It can be torn when wet, but returns to its full strength when dry. Barring extreme conditions, rag paper remains stable for centuries.

Hemp particle board may be up to 2 times stronger than wood particleboard and holds nails better.

Hemp is softer, warmer, more water absorbent, has three times the tensile strength, and is many times more durable than cotton. Hemp production uses less chemicals than cotton.

From 70-90% of all rope, twine, and cordage was made from hemp until 1937.

A strong lustrous fiber; hemp withstands heat, mildew, insects, and is not damaged by light. Oil paintings on hemp and/or flax canvas have stayed in fine condition for centuries.

Medicine :

Deaths from marijuana use: 0

From 1842 through the 1880s, extremely strong marijuana (then known as cannabis extractums), hashish extracts, tinctures, and elixirs were routinely the second and third most-used medicines in America for humans (from birth through old age). These extracts were also used in veterinary medicine until the 1920s and longer.

For at least 3,000 years prior to 1842 widely varying marijuana extracts (bud, leaves, roots, etc.) were the most commonly used real medicines in the world for the majority of mankind's illnesses.

The U.S. Pharmacopoeia indicated cannabis should be used for treating such ailments as fatigue, fits of coughing, rheumatism, asthma, delirium tremens, migraine headaches, and the cramps and depressions associated with menstruation.

In this century, cannabis research has demonstrated therapeutic value and complete safety in the treatment of many health problems including asthma, glaucoma, nausea, tumors, epilepsy, infection, stress, migraines, anorexia, depression, rheumatism, arthritis, and possibly herpes.

Deaths from aspirin (U.S. per year): 180 - 1,000 +

Deaths from legal drugs (U.S. per year) at doses used for prevention, diagnosis, or therapy: 106,000

Industry :

Almost any product that can be made from wood, cotton, or petroleum (including plastics) can be made from hemp.

There are more than 25,000 known uses for hemp.

For thousands of years virtually all good paints and varnishes were made with hemp seed oil and/or linseed oil.

Hemp stems are 80% hurds (pulp by-product after the hemp fiber is removed from the plant). Hemp hurds are 77% cellulose - a primary chemical feed stock (industrial raw material) used in the production of chemicals, plastics, and fibers. Depending on which U.S. agricultural report is correct, an acre of full grown hemp plants can sustainably provide from four to 50 or even 100 times the cellulose found in cornstalks, kenaf, or sugar cane (the planet's next highest annual cellulose plants).

One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees, making hemp a perfect material to replace trees for pressed board, particle board, and concrete construction molds.

Heating and compressing plant fibers can create practical, inexpensive, fire-resistant construction materials with excellent thermal and sound-insulating qualities. These strong plant fiber construction materials could replace dry wall and wood paneling. William B. Conde of Conde's Redwood Lumber, Inc. near Eugene, Oregon, in conjunction with Washington State University (1991-1993), has demonstrated the superior strength, flexibility, and economy of hemp composite building materials compared to wood fiber, even as beams.

Isochanvre, a rediscovered French building material made from hemp hurds mixed with lime petrifies into a mineral state and lasts for many centuries. Archeologists have found a bridge in the south of France from the Merovingian period (500-751 A.D.), built with this process.

Hemp has been used throughout history for carpet backing. Hemp fiber has potential in the manufacture of strong, rot resistant carpeting - eliminating the poisonous fumes of burning synthetic materials in a house or commercial fire, along with allergic reactions associated with new synthetic carpeting.

Plastic plumbing pipe (PVC pipes) can be manufactured using renewable hemp cellulose as the chemical feed stocks, replacing non-renewable coal or petroleum based chemical feed stocks.

In 1941 Henry Ford built a plastic car made of fiber from hemp and wheat straw. Hemp plastic is biodegradable, synthetic plastic is not.

<font color="red">It seems to me that if our government is serious about reducing our dependency on oil for fuel they should take a serious look at industrial hemp cultivation. With legal hemp cultivation we could free ourselves from dependency on Middle Eastern oil, we could strip hostile regimes of income, save our forests, help the environment, and more.

We should not be blinded by misguided drug policy. You can't get high from industrial hemp, it has so little THC that smoking it is like smoking plain paper. </font color>


01-25-2007, 02:57 PM
I wonder, is International Paper a big contributor to politicians who oppose making hemp farming more accessible? They own a LOT of pulpwood forests.


01-26-2007, 02:28 AM
Now this is a great post!
thanxz fats!

BTW i know this folling jpeg has really nothing to do with Hemp but what the hell check it out anyway...


Gayle in MD
01-26-2007, 06:33 AM
Very interesting and informative post. Thanks...

Unfortunately, since the oil industry, and the pharmaceutical industry are huge political contributors, there is little interest in the future of the planet, or legalizing any drug use.

Imagine if the Poppy farmers in Afghanistan transformed themselves into a legal pharmaceutical industry in the global market.

How about if Mexico decided to industrialize hemp farming for textiles and energy on a global scale?

Unfortunately corporations pull the global economic strings and not for the overall benefit of the world, but only in the interest of their bottom line. There are far too few CEO's or politicians with any conscience or concern
for solving the issues of poverty and improving the health of our planet with economic solutions which might benefit the desperate and exploited. Keeping the potential competition on the wrong side of the law is their greatest tool. Political power could be used to solve all the problems of our world to benefit all of mankind, not just the rich and powerful.

Gayle in Md.

01-26-2007, 07:30 AM
The really sad thing is that this has been widely known for many years. It actually makes far better paper products than trees do because of the higher fiber content but we keep on killing trees anyway.

I heard an interesting quote on TV the other night on Law and Order. "We spend enough money on the war on drugs to buy every poppy field on earth and burn them to a crisp. But we're not going to do it because without a war on something people in Washington don't get elected."

Ninety percent of the opium in the world today comes from Afganistan and our military is right there watching them do it and they can't do anything about it. That has more to do with Afgan internal politics than ours. Just think, one night and a flight of B52's and nobody's gettin any smack this year. We could just say "Whoops, sorry, it was just supposed to be a training excercise."

01-26-2007, 07:48 AM
I heard a late night talk show on the radio years ago stating these exact things, but what can you say when we have a Victorian government and politicians taking under the table money. Heck, we had one admin sponsoring the trade of cocaine for weapons in central America for God's sake! The mania toward legalized pot serves the people in power...sid

01-26-2007, 07:44 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Sid_Vicious:</font><hr> I heard a late night talk show on the radio years ago stating these exact things, but what can you say when we have a Victorian government and politicians taking under the table money. Heck, we had one admin sponsoring the trade of cocaine for weapons in central America for God's sake! The mania toward legalized pot serves the people in power...sid <hr /></blockquote> Sid -- Not quite. Queen Vic i think saw the English wage war on China koz the non-democratically non-elected emporer of China woz against Chineze growing and smoking opium, but the democratically-elected English and the lovely Victoria wanted the opium so that they could make lots of money. The money-for-drugs bizness iz actually more "Victorian".

And, it woz the USA paper biznesses that banned hemp, koz small farmers could grow it, but small farmers werent in a pozzy to corner the tree bizness. madMac.