History of Hemp – Do you know? – Dr Sam A. Mielcarski

Let me first say that I do not smoke marijuana or hemp (and I do NOT advocate doing so). Marijuana and hemp are not the same thing. They look similar in appearance and come from the same plant species, but different varieties. Marijuana is high in THC (a psychoactive chemical) and hemp is not. For one to receive a psychoactive dose from hemp, it would require a person to power-smoke 10-12 hemp cigarettes in an extremely short period of time. This would be very hard to do and unappealing.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about why hemp is a good thing. Hemp is one of the most versatile crops in the plant kingdom (including food, paper, fuel, oil, textiles, housing and many other things). Our early forefathers took a large interest in hemp (with George Washington being one of the largest hemp farmers in he world during the late 1700′s). Thomas Jefferson was said to have called on farmers to: “plant hemp seed, not tobacco”. Hemp was even legal tender for almost 200 years in the United States. That’s right, you could even pay your taxes with hemp! However, In the late 1800′s hemp production slipped due to a lack of processing technology, and paper production began using cheaper trees and cotton. Read more