February 26, 2009
Random Hemp Facts
If the hemp pulp paper process of 1916 were in use today, it could replace 40 to 70% of all pulp paper, including corrugated boxes, computer printout paper and paper bags.
One acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees for paper over the same 20 year period.
Benjamin Franklin started one of America’s first paper mills with cannabis. This allowed America to have a free colonial press without having to beg or justify the need for paper and books from England.
The Chinese character ‘Ma’ was the earliest name for hemp. By the 10th century, A.D., Ma had become the generic term for fibers of all kinds, including jute and ramie. By then, the word for hemp had become ‘Tai-ma’ or ‘Dai-ma’ meaning ‘great hemp’.
In 1942, after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines cut off the supply of Manila (Abaca) hemp, the U.S. government distributed 400,000 pounds of cannabis seeds to American farmers from Wisconsin to Kentucky, who produced 42,000 tons of hemp fiber annually until 1946 when the war ended.
While waging its self-styled ‘War on Drugs’ against Third World peasants and American civilians, the Reagan/Bush Sr., Bush Sr./Quayle, Clinton/Gore, Bush Jr./Cheney administrations have encouraged and covered up drug smuggling and distribution by high-ranking officials of the U.S. government.
[Legal scientific] Research revealed positive indications when using cannabis for asthma, glaucoma, nausea from chemotherapy, anorexia and tumors, as well as a general use antibiotic; epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, migraines, etc. – all these merited further clinical studies.
Facts courtesy of Jack Herer and The Emperor Wears No Clothes