The Real Frontier
Why Hemp Clothing?
Hemp clothing offers us many
advantages because it's Eco friendly, strong and soft at the same time,
and is very comfortable to wear on our skin. It's stretch and give provides
great comfort, breath-ability and flexibility for our body movements.
Some describe Hemp clothing
as having a life force of it's own. Instead of cotton shrinking in the
wash, Hemp's unique qualities allow the clothing to stretch to our bodies
uniqueness. It's strong and can be machine-washed, unless specified
Heat drying is acceptable,
but not always preferred. Sometimes hang drying is better, because dryers
are ripping apart natural fibers in the long term.
Other great qualities of
Hemp fabrics include absorption and mildew resistant benefits, and Hemp
garments can also be worn with comfort year round. A breathable fiber
in the summer, Hemp will keep you warm in the winter. Last but not least,
an effective sun block from damaging ultraviolet rays Hemp is free from
harsh chemicals that rub into our skin when we wear traditional cotton.
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What is Hemp?
The Latin name for Hemp is
Cannabis Sativa. Sativa means "useful" in Latin, and was given
to only the most resourceful staple crops. Hemp is one of the many strains
of Cannabis Sativa, and the name most used when this annual plant is
grown for non-drug purposes. When grown for industrial purposes Hemp
is often called Industrial Hemp, and a common product is fiber for use
in a variety of different ways.
K(a)N(a)B(a), the early Sumerian/Babylonian
word for Cannabis Hemp, is one of Humankind's longest surviving root
Hemp was probably first used
in Asia more than 10,000 years ago, and is among the oldest industries
on the planet, going back to the beginnings of pottery. The earliest
known fabric is woven from Hemp, and dates back to 8000 - 7000 B.C.
The fiber is dark tan or
brown, and is difficult to bleach, but it can be dyed bright and dark
colors. The Hemp fibers vary widely in length, depending upon their
ultimate use. Industrial fiber may be several inches long, while fiber
used for domestic textiles are about 3/4 inch to 1 inch (1.9 to 2.54
Fibers of Hemp and flax are
alike, and flax is where linen comes from. In both Hemp and flax, the
fibers are in the stalk of the plant. The fibers are something like
the threads you see in a celery stalk - long, stringy and tough. To
get at the fibers, you comb them out of the woody part of the dried
stalk. The fibers tend to be coarser than cotton or wool, and they are
very strong. This strength makes Hemp fibers the strongest natural fibers
on the Planet!
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Is Hemp a Drug?
Please note that Hemp is
NOT a drug. Cannabis strains known as Hemp used for over 25000 products
does have relatively high levels of CBD (Cannabinoid), and low THC,
which is responsible for the psychoactive effect, or high, from smoking
Marijuana. Attempting to smoke Hemp high in CBD, and very low in THC,
actually prevents the Marijuana's high. Smoking industrial Hemp will
give you nothing but headache.
Much of the confusion between
Hemp and Marijuana today can be traced back to the anti-drug campaigns
that began in the 1920's. Trustfully this information brings light to
our understanding of the true nature of Hemp and what it has to offer
An Unlimited Resource
How Hemp Grows?
How does this mysterious
plant, which requires no pesticides or herbicides, grow?
Its needs are quite simple.
For cultivation Hemp is grown in both hot and cold climates (Hemp is
frost tolerant), almost anywhere but North Pole. Hemp requires no pesticides,
no herbicides or fertilizer, and less water than cotton. According to
the World Book Encyclopedia: "Fiber Hemp can be sown simply by
scattering the seed on the ground."
Approximately half the plant
species grow male, and half female. Soon the female plants are removed,
leaving only the male Hemp stalks, because in order for Hemp seed to
ripen it must grow longer than it's female sister. The plants complete
growth takes up to ninety days, and can reach up to twenty feet tall.
The Real Frontier
Where is Hemp
industrial Hemp is grown in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India,
Spain, Russia, Romania, and many other countries where this valuable
plant found many uses. These include the industrial purposes, for which
cultivation licenses may be issued in the European Union (EU).
On an annual basis, 1 acre
of Hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber
is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and
will not mildew. Many textile products (shirts, jackets, pants, backpacks,
etc.) made from 100% Hemp, and Hemp blends, are now available.
One of the great advantages
of Hemp for farmers lies in it's use as a rotation crop. Hemp plant
breaks up the soil with its deep root system and eliminates weeds, feeding
and healing the Earth, rather than taking the nutrients, thus leaving
the land ready for the direct sowing of winter crops. An enthusiastic
response to this potential has brought about the large-scale introduction
of Hemp into areas where it was not traditionally cultivated.
Hemp in American
Did you know that all sails,
rope and riggings on the ships that discovered America were made out
of Hemp. The covered wagons of the early Pioneers used Hemp canvas.
First American flag was made with Hemp cloth, so were the first pair
of Levi Strauss pants. The original drafts of Declaration of Independence
and Constitution of the United States were written on Hemp paper as
Hemp was second to tobacco
as the crop to grow in early America. The demand for tobacco in England,
kept the farmers busy with this cash crop. Most of the Hemp crop in
America was used at home in local commerce, much to the dismay of King
George and the English Navy.
George Washington and Thomas
Jefferson both grew Hemp. This country's founding fathers were Hemp
farmers. Abraham Lincoln lit his reading lamps with Hemp oil. Benjamin
Franklin started one of America's first paper mills with Hemp paper,
and it was not just any string that connected him to the clouds above
for his famous experiment, it was Hemp string.
Washington said, "Make
the most of the Hemp seed and sow it everywhere."
Ask yourself this question: How does George Washington get to grow Hemp
and now we can't? It gets to the core of the question, what happened
in the last 200 years that we lost such an important right, namely the
control of agricultural production. This prohibition must come to an
end. What an incredible embarrassment it would be to have to explain
to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson that they would have to pull
up their Hemp crops.
Americans were legally bound
to grow Hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. Jamestown Colony,
Virginia, enacted the New World's first Hemp legislation in 1619, ordering
all farmers to grow Indian Hemp seed. Mandatory Hemp cultivation laws
were passed in Massachusetts in 1631 and in Connecticut in 1632. Cannabis
was frequently used for barter, and during times of shortage, farmers
sometimes face jail terms for not growing Hemp. Some colonies allowed
farmers to pay taxes with Hemp.
The American Cowboy used
Hemp Lassos to tame the Old West. The cowboy's lasso or lariat, was
20 to 40 feet of braided rawhide, horsehair, or plain durable Hemp.
Hemp was grown at California
Missions. The Missions were agricultural settlements and growing Hemp
for food and fiber some of these Missions endured and became permanent.
Prior to the Revolution,
Hemp had become a major staple and was also a source of supply for a
certain amount of home manufacturing carried on to some degree by all
families. It is also said that the finest laces of the old days were
always made of Hemp, in preference to any other fiber. Hemp linen was
used in North America in the making of shirts, jackets, and trousers.
In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote
"Common Sense," the document that led to the Declaration of
Independence. From Section IV comes the quote, "In almost every
article of defense we abound. Hemp flourishes even to rankness, so that
we need not want cordage."
In 1776 Patriot Wives and
Mothers organize spinning bees to clothe Washington's troops, spinning
the thread from Hemp fibers. Over a thousand yards of cloth with Hemp
and wool filling were made at Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate.
Without Hemp, the Continental Army would have frozen to death at Valley
In June 19, 1812 The United
States goes to war with Great Britain after being cut off from 80% of
its Russian Hemp supply. War of 1812 was fought over Hemp trade routes.
Napoleon invades Russia to sever Britain's illegal trade in Russian
In 1850 United States Census
counts 8,327 Hemp plantations (farms with a minimum size of 2,000 acres)
growing Cannabis Hemp for industrial purposes.
In 1938 Popular Mechanics
described Hemp as the new "Billion Dollar Crop". "Mechanical
Engineering" called Hemp the most profitable and desirable crop
that can be grown.
In 1941 Henry Ford built
a car that was made with Hemp plastics and ran on Hemp fuel, and in
1942 US Government called farmers to start growing Hemp again during
WWII to support our economy with the USDA pro-cannabis classic, "Hemp
The U.S. Constitution and
Flag, two of our most cherished symbols were made of Hemp before it
was prohibited. Hemp was once widely grown and used by our forefathers.
It is time for America to start growing Hemp for the benefit of society
Beyond Our Limitations
Culture and Religion.
Historical Buddha (560 B.C.
- 480 B.C.) was nourished with Hemp seed. After renouncing the World,
and through all sorts of hardship, even to the point of eating only
Hemp seed for three years, Buddha sought to gain insight to life's meanings.
In First Century A.D. The
Chinese begin making paper from Hemp and Mulberry, giving scholars an
inexpensive means of preserving information. Chinese science and knowledge
remained vastly superior to that of the West for 1,400 years.
1150: Moslems use cannabis
to start Europe's first paper mill.
1455: The first printed Bibles
were on Hemp Paper. German goldsmith Johann Gutenberg created a masterpiece
of a run of 200 gorgeously typeset Bibles printed on Hemp Paper.
The Old Dutch Masters Painted
on Hemp Canvas. The paintings of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and others were
primarily painted on Hemp Canvas.
Mark Twain's works were printed
on Hemp Paper. American writer, journalist, humorist, who won a Worldwide
audience for his stories, a one time printer and Mississippi steamboatman,
wrote his great American books on Hemp Paper.
Where Hemp is Used?
No other natural resource
offers the potential of Hemp. Cannabis Hemp is capable of producing
significant quantities of paper, textiles, building materials, food,
medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, oil, ink, and yes, fuel. Unlike
other crops, Hemp can grow in most climates, and on most farmland throughout
the World, with moderate water and fertilizer requirements, no pesticides,
and no herbicides, and has enormous potential to become a major natural
resource that can benefit both the economy and the environment.
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The invention of fabrics
dates from the dawn of Civilization, probably as a result of braiding
plant fibers to make nets, ropes, baskets, and wicker objects. The actual
weaving of fabrics appeared nearly everywhere in the World during, or
just prior to, the third millennium B.C. But of the approximately seven
hundred fibrous plants that could have been spun into thread, only half
a dozen were commonly employed: cotton, flax, Hemp, jute, sisal, and
think that Mankind first began to weave Hemp and Flax In the Neolithic
Age. The word "Canvas"
came from the word Cannabis. Sails, rope and riggings on ships, and
canvas that were used for clothing, all were made from Hemp for a very
Despite its notorious reputation
for coarseness, Herodotus, the famous Greek historian, noted that skillful
Scythians and Thracians in the fifth century B.C. were able to weave
fine cloth from Hemp: "Someone without great experience would not
recognize whether they were of Hemp or Linen, and whoever has not yet
seen Hemp cloth would think the garments were of Linen".
In medieval Europe, Hemp
was used to make underclothing and household linen, as well as rope.
Brownish-gray in color, thicker and coarser than Linen, when new, Hemp
cloth was often preferred by religious communities and, due to its much
lower cost, by the poor. However, anyone lucky enough to touch a length
of aged, well-used Hemp cloth is amazed by the extreme softness and
substantial drape of the fabric, which is similar to that of heavy flannel.
Starting around 1322 the finest
sheets were of Linen, most were of Hemp, and the poorest woven from
tow, scrap hemp, or flax combing. From the Middle Ages to the end of
the nineteenth century, the most commonly used fiber was Flax, followed
by a significant amount of the less costly Hemp.
Up to the end of the seventeenth
century, sheets were generally made from Linen or Hemp. Historians,
citing the fact that the founding of the Hemp-weavers guild long predated
that of the Linen-weavers, believe that Hemp was far more common than
Linen until the late fourteenth century. In the hierarchy of textiles,
Linen and Hemp cloth were followed by fabrics made from tow (hemp) and
canvas (hemp), theoretically aimed at modest folk.
In Europe throughout history
Hemp was used more widely in the countryside than in towns, since every
farm had its field of Hemp (and perhaps another of Flax), designed to
meet the daily household fabric requirements. For centuries the standard
plants used for household linen were Hemp and Flax, until Cotton (pure
or blended with synthetic fibers) finally took the lead.
Today, as raw material for
textiles, Hemp is grown in Europe from the Northern Baltic region to
Southern Italy, and many other places throughout the World.
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Your Body Breath
Hemp For Healthy
For healthy living the modern
uses for Hemp are extremely versatile. The whole plant can be used for
fuel substitutes such as boilers and feedstock. The Hemp seed is used
for oil in food and cosmetics, the fibers for clothing, rope, construction
materials and paper.
Any building materials such
as cement, insulation and fiberglass also can be made with Hemp fibers.
The inner core, which resembles wood chips, is for paper, insulation
material, animal bedding, mulch and compost. The inner core also serves
as material for manufacturing Eco plastics.
Imagine our everyday plastic
products coming from renewable sources, and having potential to biodegrade
back into our Mother Earth. Today most plastic packaging adds additional
waste leaving us stuck with unlimited amount of trash. Logically our
dumpsites are not getting any smaller and soon we will start dumping
our trash into outer space. When will this abuse stop? Coming to the
rescue are Hemp plastics, which are biodegradable and renewable resource
that will reduce harsh chemicals and waste accompanying traditional
Conscious Of What Happens To Earth
Is the value we place on
our forests diminishing? There's a connection to why we have such health
problems. The clear cuts in our forests are an outward manifestation
of the clear cuts that exist in ourselves.
In the past, maps, log books,
Bibles, books were all made of rag bond paper that had a high Hemp content
from recycled clothes, sails, ropes, tents, etc. The collection and
recycling of rags for paper was an industry for hundreds of years in
Europe, and a lesson to us on the importance of paying attention to
recycling in general.
As trees are cut down for
paper products they are not able to act as a filtration system to clean
our air, because nearly 80% of the World's original old growth forests
have been logged, which also reduces habitats for animals and other
species that are growing to be extinct.
It all happens now, while
back in 1916 The United States Department of Agriculture issued Bulletin
No. 404 "Hemp Hurds as Paper-Making Material", printed on
Hemp Paper, outlining a revolutionary new Hemp pulp technology invented
by USDA scientists Dewey Lyster and Jason Merrill.
The bulletin listed increased
production capacity and superior quality among the advantages of using
Hemp hurds for pulp. It states, "Every tract of 10,000 acres which
is devoted to Hemp raising year by year is equivalent to a sustained
pulp producing capacity of 40,500 acres of average wood-pulp lands.
Hence, an acre of Hemp produces four times as much pulp as an acre of
trees". In 1917 industrialist Henry Timken and inventor George
Schlichten estimated that with the use of proper technology Hemp could
produce 50,000 tons of paper for $25 per ton - 50% less than the cost
Today number of companies
in Canada, China and countries in Europe work with Hemp pulp to produce
paper, and larger variety of Hemp paper products are available in the
On an annual basis, 1 acre
of Hemp will produce as much paper as 2 to 4 acres of trees. From tissue
paper to cardboard, all types of paper products can be produced from
Hemp. Global demand for paper will double within 25 years. Unless tree-free
sources of paper are developed, there is no way to meet future demand
and reverse massive deforestation and environmental damage that has
been already done. Hemp is the World's most promising source of tree-free
The quality of Hemp paper
is superior to tree-based paper. Hemp paper will last hundreds of years
without degrading, can be recycled many more times than tree-based paper,
and requires significantly less toxic chemicals in the manufacturing
process than does paper made from trees.
Hemp can be used to produce
fiberboard that is stronger than wood, lighter than wood, and fire retardant.
Substituting Hemp fiberboard for timber would further reduce the need
to cut down our forests.
It takes up to 500 years
for trees to grow until they can be harvested for paper or wood, but
Hemp is ready for harvesting only 90 days after it is planted. Hemp
can grow on most land suitable for farming in all 50 States. Harvesting
Hemp rather than trees would also eliminate erosion due to logging,
thereby reducing topsoil loss and water pollution caused by soil runoff.
The paper manufacturer Robert
Fletcher & Sons, has stopped using textiles for paper because it
is almost impossible to obtain them free of synthetic materials which
wreak havoc on the machinery. It now imports raw Hemp fiber from France.
Promotion of a sustainable
agriculture with Hemp supplying our paper products will help future
generations to enjoy the remainder of our forests, less fossil fuels
and harsh emissions giving us clean air to breath once again.
Did you know that Hemp seeds
are a wonderful source for human nutrition? As beneficial oil for optimum
health Hemp supplies all essential amino acids in a digestible form
high in protein and Omega-3/Omega-6 acids. In high concentrates these
Omegas are known as Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which are good fats
and are absolutely necessary for a healthy balanced diet, tissue growth
Resembling sesame seed in
appearance, Hemp is comparable to sunflower seed in taste and is used
in many products including bread, cereal, hummus, salad dressings, hemp
waffles, and even Hemp milk and Hemp beer. The food manufacturers promote
Hemp for its exceptional nutritional and taste benefits.
Hemp seeds contain a protein
that is more nutritious and more economical to produce than soybean
protein. Hemp seeds are not intoxicating. Hemp seed protein can be used
to produce virtually any product made from soybean: tofu, veggie burgers,
butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream, milk, etc. Hemp seed can also
be ground into a nutritious flour that can be used to produce baked
goods such as pasta, cookies, and breads.
Take Care Of Our Bodies
and Body Care.
A natural emollient and moisturizer
for our skin Hemp body care products offer many benefits ranging from
healing and rejuvenating to beauty and nourishment. Hemp balm can help
cure minor cuts and relieve itch from insect bites. Most importantly
with regular usage Hemp helps to alleviate common skin problems such
as dry, cracking skin.
Known as one of the richest
sources of polyunsaturated fats, including the essential Omega-3 and
Omega-6, this natural wonder aids as emollient and moisturizer and assists
the body's natural ability to heal and bring restorative qualities to
our skin. Available in many products from shampoos, soaps, lotions,
lip-balm, massage oils and perfumes, once combined with other herbs,
Hemp is a pleasurable experience for all.
Hemp seed oil can be used
to produce nontoxic Bio-Fuel, paint, varnish, detergent, ink and lubricating
oil. Because Hemp seeds account for up to half the weight of a mature
Hemp plant, Hemp seed is a viable source for these products.
During the 1930's the Ford
Motor Company developed various fuel compounds and polymer resins (Bio-plastics)
out of Hemp, and successfully used them in test vehicles. A true visionary,
Ford gave the World a glimpse of the future with All-Organic Car.
Just as Corn can be converted
into clean-burning Ethanol Fuel, so can Hemp. Because Hemp produces
more Bio-mass than any plant species (including Corn), and can be grown
in a wide range of climates and locations, Hemp has a great potential
to become a major source of Ethanol Fuel in the future.