Hemp: The Truth About The Earth's Greatest Plant



In a perfect world there would be a product that could serve as a fuel
source, a food source, a paper source, a textile source, and this product would
be easy to produce in any of its forms. Believe it or not such a product does
exist; it is the plant known as hemp. No tree or plant species on earth has the
commercial, economic, and environmental potential of hemp. Over 30,000 known
products can be manufactured from hemp.
Hemp was a common crop grown in the U.S. until 1937 when it was unjustly
banned. A common misconception about hemp is that it was banned because it was a
widely abused, harmful drug. Hemp was banned because it was a competitive threat
to the wood industry. Corporations ...

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in the U.S. Literally millions of wild hemp
plants grow throughout the entire Midwest today. Wild hemp, like hemp used for
industry purposes, is useless as an intoxicant. Yet U.S. drug law states that
one acre of this can result in the owner being sentenced to death. The death
penalty exists for growing one acre of perfectly harmless, non-intoxicating
weeds!
Hemp can produce any product that paper can produce. The difference is
that one acre of hemp can produce four times as much paper as one acre of trees
( a study done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture). Also, a crop of trees
takes twenty to fifty years to be ready for harvest where hemp is ready to
harvest four times as much in just a year. In addition, hemp produces twice as
much fiber per acre as cotton. Twenty five percent of all pesticides in the
world are used on cotton, averaging to four pounds of chemicals per acre of
cotton in the U.S. every year. Since hemp is a natural repellent to weeds and
insects, it needs ...

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