By Jack Herer
OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS HEMP
CANNABIS SATIVA L.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
AMERICAN HISTORICAL NOTES
WORLD HISTORICAL NOTES
GREAT WARS WERE FOUGHT TO ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF HEMP
WHY HAS CANNABIS HEMP BEEN SO IMPORTANT IN HISTORY?
CHAPTER 2 ~
A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE USES OF HEMP
SHIPS & SAILORS
TEXTILES & FABRICS
FIBER & PULP PAPER
ROPE, TWINE & CORDAGE
PAINTS & VARNISHES
The "Eco Elise" car made primarily of hemp products and runs on hemp oil. This car is produced by Lotus, people who know their vehicles. They call it "a new type of green car".
Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol or gasoline at a fraction of the current cost of oil, coal, or nuclear energy, especially when environmental costs are factored in, and its mandated use would end acid rain, end sulfur-based smog, and reverse the Greenhouse Effect on our planet, right now! Government and oil and coal companies, etc., will insist that burning biomass fuel is no better than using up our fossil fuel reserves, as far as pollution goes; but this is patently untrue.
FOOD OILS & PROTEIN
BUILDING MATERIALS & HOUSING
SMOKING, LEISURE & CREATIVITY
ECONOMIC STABILITY, PROFIT & FREE TRADE
WHEN HEMP SAVED GEORGE BUSH’S LIFE
Yet Bush has spent a good deal of his career eradicating the cannabis plant and enforcing laws to make certain that no one will learn this information – possibly including himself. . .~ Parts of his aircraft engine were lubricated with cannabis hempseed oil;~ 100 percent of his life-saving parachute webbing was made from U.S. grown cannabis hemp;~ Virtually all the rigging and ropes of the ship that pulled him in were made of cannabis hemp.~ The fire hoses on the ship (as were those in the schools he had attended) were woven from cannabis hemp; and,~ Finally, as young George Bush stood safely on the deck, his shoes’ durable stitching was of cannabis hemp, as it is in all good leather and military shoes to this day.
THE BATTLE OF BULLETIN 404
SOWING THE SEEDS
WHY NOT USE HEMP TO REVERSE THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT & SAVE THE WORLD?
CHAPTER 3 ~ POPULAR MECHANICS MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 1938, "THE MOST PROFITABLE & DESIRABLE CROP THAT CAN BE GROWN”
NEW BILLION-DOLLAR CROP ~ POPULAR MECHANICS, FEBRUARY 1938
American farmers are promised new cash crop with an annual value of several hundred million dollars, all because a machine has been invented which solves a problem more than 6,000 years old.
Machines were developed to separate the fibers mechanically after retting was complete, but the cost was high, the loss of fiber great, and the quality of fiber comparatively low. With the new machine, known as a decorticator, hemp is cut with a slightly modified grain binder. It is delivered to the machine where an automatic chain conveyer feeds it to the breaking arms at the rate of two or three tons per hour.
However, the connection of hemp as a crop and marijuana seems to be exaggerated. The drug is usually produced from wild hemp or locoweed which can be found on vacant lots and along railroad tracks in every state. If federal regulations can be drawn to protect the public without preventing the legitimate culture of hemp, this new crop can add immeasurably to American agriculture and industry.
THE MOST PROFITABLE AND DESIRABLE CROP THAT CAN BE GROWN ~ MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, FEBRUARY 26, 1937
“Flax and Hemp: From the Seed to the Loom” was published in the February 1938 issue of Mechanical Engineering magazine. It was originally presented at the Agricultural Processing Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in New Brunswick, NY of February 26, 1937 by the Process Industries Division.
FLAX AND HEMP: FROM THE SEED TO THE LOOM
BY GEORGE A. LOWER
This country imports practically all of its fibers except cotton. The Whitney gin, combined with improved spinning methods, enabled this country to produce cotton goods so far below the cost of linen that linen manufacture practically ceased in the United States. We cannot produce our fibers at less cost than can other farmers of the world. Aside from the higher cost of labor, we do not get as large production. For instance, Yugoslavia, which has the greatest fiber production per are in Europe, recently had a yield of 883 lbs. Comparable figures for other countries are Argentina, 749 lbs.; Egypt 616 lbs.; and India, 393 lbs.; while the average yield in this country is 383 lbs.
In this country, hemp, when planted one bu. per acre, yields about three tons of dry straw per acre. From 15 to 20 percent of this is fiber, and 80 to 85 percent is woody material. The rapidly growing market for cellulose and wood flower for plastics gives good reason to believe that this hitherto wasted material may prove sufficiently profitable to pay for the crop, leaving the cost of the fiber sufficiently low to compete with 500,000 tons of hard fiber now imported annually.
A pair of intermeshing lawnmower-type beaters are placed at a 45-degree angle to the feeding chain and break the hemp stalks over the sharp edge of a steel plate, the object being to break the woody portion of the straw and whip the hurds from the fiber. On the other side and slightly beyond the first set of lawnmower beaters is another set, which is placed 90-degrees from the first pair and whips out the hurds.