Do you know the history of the United States?
How can anyone distinguish if something is history or just a crafted fairy tale?
What I know is that if there are pictures, evidence and stories told throughout history at least we can take some of it and make up our own understanding of where we have come to be and learn from our mistakes to better guide ourselves and each other into a more uplifting and empowering future for humankind.
In this piece I would like to ask you a fun, explorative, three-part question: What natural element of Mother Nature contributed to the foundation and sustainability of the United States; why has it been left out of our text books, and how can we get it back into our textbooks?
We are now taking flight on a quest, a journey to find the answers to these questions, and inspire you to go further to find the thousands of answers we have not brought to light in this journey about the past, present and future of the Cannabis Hemp plant.
Hemp and the Foundation of the United States
When the U.S. was just a twinkle in the founding Fathers’ eyes, hemp was a means for shelter, food, fuel, medicine; it had an economic value and many other uses across the globe, in countries such as China, India, Africa, and Europe.
Chile was a major contributor of hemp goods for the Spanish conquistadors.
Many American colonialists’ Bibles were printed on hemp paper, in addition to the old rags, clothes ropes, and sails that were recycled into paper.
Many Americans, due to certain propaganda campaigns, are unaware of the significant detail that the first two drafts of the Declaration of Independence were drafted on this vital hemp paper.
And not to mention our two founding fathers, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both hemp farmers – educating many other farmers of the importance of cultivating this wonder crop.
As we the people began growing as a nation we went on explorative adventures with the help of the hemp plant.
Hemp and Travel
In 1492, Christopher Columbus’ ships where rigged with hemp sails and ropes. Hemp canvases stretched across the sky as the ship went sailing by with it’s over “eighty tons of rigging,” the conquistadors where finding the New World (Robinson 122).
The Mayflower was another astounding ship that defeated the wild oceans, with the aid of hemp from its bow to its stern.
There were plenty of reports showing the rich soil and flourishing weather boosted and supported the growth of hemp in the New World.
So there was and still is to this day, a plant that provides many benefits of growing this plant on American soil, let alone almost anywhere on earth.
Hemp and Economics
On page five of “HEMP: Lifeline to the Future,” Chris Conrad delicately inscribes, “the essence of manufacture is the transformation of material.”
With precision and humble intention, cultivating Mother Earth’s soil with this luscious and benevolent plant, hemp became the world’s most famous plant due to its multi-dimensional applications and uses.
It’s been used for textiles, paints, fuel, cordage, sails, medicine, food and much more – adding to its economic potential over all other plants and natural resources.
Imagine not having to be dependent on fossil fuels to sustain our transportation abilities.
What a different world we’d live in, fresh air, clean waters, healthy humans and animals.
The limits are endless. One instance of hemp and its relationship to the U.S. economic system in the mid 1800’s was that, “more than 160 factories in Kentucky manufactured hemp bagging, bale rope, and cordage, employing several thousand workers” (Roulac, 32).
Clearly these workers were paid and the money was generated as a result of the hemp plant – a majestic resource still to this day that the U.S. is hesitant to include in its agricultural production.
The problem is that America is so dependent on “Big Business Oil,” and we are afraid to admit we failed big time, wasting billions of dollars, years if time, precious energy and delicate lives.
But it’s important to remember that the past does not equal the future, and there is still hope.
Hemp and Health
The vibrant hemp plant has been an extremely important element for health and healing throughout humanities existence.
Currently, the U.S. legally imports ever good that hemp can be made into: cordage, clothing, food, fuel, and much more.
Although the ironic aspect of that is hemp is illegal to grow here. Now, with that said, there must be something deeper and hidden on the agenda of the United States Capitalists’ Business Plans.
Otherwise we’d (no pun intended) be done with our dependence on oil and hacking down the Old Growth Forests. Over 97% of the forests in Northern America have been decimated.
There is no need for this.
We have a plant that will produce as much pulp for paper, wood, housing etc… that only takes 90 -120 days to harvest., whereas it takes 300 years for an old growth forest to grow. Absurd! I think so!
Hemp’s Current Situation in the U.S.
If and when hemp finally becomes re-legalized, we will then have better communities, healthier lifestyles, more freedom, and better quality work.
Of course there are thousands of other issues that need to be dealt with, but when hemp is legalized in the U.S. more jobs will be opened up.
Our health with increase because we will have access to a plant that feeds us non-modified, "unpesticized", "un-herbacized", organic, local food.
You have the power to change the system through voting with your dollars, and voting to re-legalize hemp in the U.S. It’s time.
We must make a stand and work together.
Hemp and the Future
The United States has some severe reconsidering to do in terms of the foundation of our economic wealth, where we get our energy from and the effects of using that energy for the production of this nations wealth and health and not to mention the importance of the influence of the U.S.’s decisions and their impacts on the health of the world.
More and more companies and people are seeing the personal and global benefits of hemp use in our daily lives.
There are plenty of sources to educate ourselves about the thousands of known uses for the hemp plant. A report from lifeaftertheoilcrash.com shares a scary vision for the future:
By some estimates, there will be an average of two-percent annual growth in global oil demand over the years ahead, along with, conservatively, a three-percent natural decline in production from existing reserves.
That means by 2010 we will need on the order of an additional 50 million barrels a day.
Therefore it’s time you and I start voting with our dollars with more conscious decisions on where our money is being placed.
Of course we cannot just stop driving our cars and stop buying oil, but in the meantime we must educate ourselves and prepare for the future revolution. We have the choice to either prevent a global disaster, or we can repent for our errors – prevent or repent – you decide.
This is the organization I’ve created in order to change the way humanity, specifically Americans, think and feel about the hemp plant.
Conrad, Chris Hemp, “Lifeline to the Future The unexpected Answer for our Environmental and Economic Recovery” USA, Creative Xpressions Publications, 1994
Robinson, Rowan “The Great Book of Hemp”
Roulac, John “Hemp Horizons” The Comeback of the Worlds most Promising Plant.
Canada: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1999
Matt Savinar, copyright 2004, 2005, 2006
www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net (Site is no longer published)