Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated agricultural plants known to mankind. It is estimated that civilizations have been cultivating it for over 10,000 years, beginning in the Neolithic Age (New Stone Age) in China. Two of the main Hemp products we see in history is textiles and paper. With those two products alone, Hemp has played a major role within developing human history. For thousands of years, Hemp was a significant textile source.

For instance, the ship industry relied on it for ropes and canvas for sails, which was ideal due to Hemp’s durability. That being said, Hemp has seen some great voyages, like the one of Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492. Since Hemp is a reliable fiber, it has also been used during many battles. For example, in World War ll the United States had a shortage of Hemp—therefore, they ran a campaign to allow U.S farmers to grow this super plant once again. The “Hemp for Victory” campaign became a great success and was used for military resources, such as: clothing, ropes, and parachutes. You can say this super plant helped play a huge role in winning WWll.

Hemp also contributed in spreading news and revolutionary ideas around the globe. Hemp was used as a paper source that many books and newspapers were written and printed on. Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in the U.S and processed Hemp into paper he used on an everyday basis. Franklin was a key contributor to the Enlightenment Era and used his newspapers as a medium to spread the Enlightenment movement. Spreading new information and ideas was, and is, crucial to human development—Hemp helped accomplish that.

These examples are just a few instances of how Hemp helped revolutionize human history. This super plant has tremendous potential to help change the world. Now, it’s time to legalize Hemp so we can build a better, sustainable future.

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