Hemp in History

Hemp in History

Historically speaking, Christopher Columbus brought hemp seeds to the New World, many of the Founding Fathers grew hemp and George Washington advised his gardener to sew hemp seed everywhere. Like the Mayflower, America’s oldest Navy Ship—the USS Constitution, a.k.a. “Old Ironsides”—made use of hemp fiber (more than 120,000 pounds worth). The U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are both on parchment, but several drafts were on hemp paper, as were early printings of the King James and Gutenberg Bibles. Hemp even played a role in protecting at least one recent president. As noted by the L.A. Times in 2014,  “The hemp webbing in his parachute saved George H.W. Bush's life in World War II.”

Comprehensive Uses

Who is Old Hemp?

Environmental Impact

What is Hemp?

The AMA vs. Anslinger

Cannabis in the Christmas Cave

The History, Benefits and Roadblocks to Using Hemp

Insecticides and Pesticides

Nixon vs. Shafer Commission

Nixon vs. Lennon

Prohibition’s Racist Roots

Richard Nixon's Drug War

Cannabis and the CSA

The Substance Schedules

Scheduling Conflicts