HISTORY OF HEMP
Hemp’s Humble Origins
HEMP ORIGINS IN HUMAN CIVILIZATION
The first traces of hemp were found in 8000 BC in Asia. The oldest remnants discovered to date are hemp cords used in pottery. Hemp seed and oil were used as food in China. Hemp was one of the first agricultural crops considering that human agriculture started 10,000 years ago.
HEMP SPREADS ACROSS CONTINENTS
Throughout history, hemp continued to spread across civilizations. Hemp material was found in Asia, Europe, Africa, and later in South America. Several religious documents ranging from Hinduism to ancient Persian religions also mention hemp as a “King of Seeds”. Throughout generations hemp was used for daily essentials such as clothes, ropes and paper.
OUR FOUNDING FATHERS LOVED HEMP
American farmers introduced hemp into their crops as early as 1606. It was used across multiple different products, such as paper, lamp fuels, and ropes. In the 1700s, farmers were even legally required to grow hemp as a staple crop. George Washington grew hemp on his estate along with many other of the founding fathers.
Hemp Today & Hemp in The Future
THE COMEBACK FOR HEMP
THE HEMP MOVEMENT GROWS
HEMP FACES NEW CHALLENGES & A PROMISING FUTURE
Hemp World Timeline
Archaeologists found traces of hemp in modern day China and Taiwan. People used hemp for pottery, food (seed & oil) and natural medicine.
2,000 BCE – 800 BCE
Hindu sacred text Atharvaveda (Science of Charms) as “Sacred Grass”, one of the five sacred plants of India
Hemp rope found in southern Russia
Archaeologists found a jar of hemp seed and leaves in Berlin, Germany. Use of hemp continues to spread across northern Europe
Hemp rope found in Greece
China made paper from Hemp. Hemp rope also found in Britain.
A French Queen was buried in hemp clothing.
Vikings use hemp and spread it to Iceland
Arabs adopt technology to make hemp paper
King Henry VIII, king of England, fines farmers if they do not raise hemp
Cannabis introduced in South America (Brazil)
Early laws require American farmers in several colonies to grow hemp
Abraham Lincoln uses hemp seed oil to fuel his household lamps.
The U.S. begins to import food-grade hemp seed and oil.