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5 Ways Hemp Changed the Course of American History

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Did you know that on Veteran’s Day November 10, 2015, an American flag made of industrial hemp was flown over the United States Capitol? The hemp was grown by U.S. veterans, in the state of Kentucky, and was used to represent a symbol of a lost American heritage. For those born before 1938, hemp is little known for the benefits that it once provided in America. Here are a few examples:

5The first draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper in 1776

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4 The first American flags were made of hemp grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in 1776

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3 The U.S.S. Constitution was outfitted with 60 tons of hemp sails and rigging in 1797

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2 Abraham Lincoln used hemp seed oil to fuel his household lamps in 1840

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1 Henry Ford invented a resin for automobile bodies that were tougher than steel in 1929

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Certainly, we would be looking at a very different America if it weren’t for the wonders of hemp!

http://hemphistoryweek.com/hemp-history/hemp-history-timeline/

https://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-284.html

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/03/like-founding-flags-capitols-flag-on-july-4-to-be-made-of-hemp/

 

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