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The Forbidden Plant With so many benefits both industrial and medicinal how could such a plant be illegal in the United States Since 1937 the legalization of hemp has been the cause of much debate However opponents of marijuana legalization have failed to acknowledge the benefits of hemp These benefits consist of hemp being used to make cloth fuel and medicine Hemp is commonly called cannabis sativa There are other plants that are called hemp but cannabis hemp is the most useful of these plants In fact cannabis sativa means useful sativa hemp cannabis Stafford 157 Hemp is a durable plant that was used since pre-history for many purposes Fiber is the most well known product and the word hemp can mean the rope or twine which is made from the hemp plant as well as just the stalk of the plant which produced it Cannabis is the most durable of the hemp plants and it produces the toughest cloth called canvass The cannabis plant also produces three other very important products that the other hemp plants do not in usable form that is seed pulp and medicine The pulp is used as fuel and to make paper the seed is suitable for both human and animal foods and the oil from the seed turns into a base for paints and varnishes The medicine is a tincture or admixture of the sticky resin in the blossoms and leaves of the hemp plant and is used for a variety of purposes The hemp plant has many benefits accredited to it such as cloth The stalk of the hemp plant has two parts called the bast and the hurd The fiber bast of the hemp plant is woven and made into almost any kind of cloth which is very durable In fact Levis used hemp to create their first pair of Blue Jeans Stafford 164 Compared to all the other natural fibers available hemp is more
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