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Legilisation of Marijuana The generic term hemp is often used to refer to all uses and forms of the cannabis plant including marijuana In 1938 a Popular Mechanics magazine article entitled New Billion Dollar Crop established hemp as the standard fiber of the world identified it as the strongest most durable longest lasting natural soft fiber in existence and listed over 25000 products that can be manufactured from it Hemps versatility yields fiber and hurds the core of the stem from the stalk and seed seed oil and seed cake crushed seed Hemps higher-quality long fibers are well suited for textiles and the medium-length tow fibers are ideal for paper and for non-wovens such as diapers The remaining hurds can be ground into a powder for use in thousands of products including fiberboard and packaging Hempseed oil offers promising opportunities for use in cosmetics nutrition printing inks and industrial coatings Hemp textiles have a number of advantages over other fabrics Fabrics with at least a 50 hemp content block the suns UV rays The USDA calculated in 1914 that hemp crops could make four times as much paper per acre as trees The annual world consumption of paper has risen from 14 million tons in 1913 to over 250 million tons in the 1990s In 1988 senior columnist Alan Bock wrote in The Orange County Register Californias most conservative newspaper that since 1937 about half the forests in the world have been cut down to make paper If hemp had not been outlawed most would still be standing oxygenating the planet Hemp long fibers create high-quality paper for books magazines and stationery while the shorter fibers make excellent newspaper tissue paper and packaging materials Paper made of hemp can be recycled several times more than paper made of wood Hemp paper resists decomposition and is not subject to the age-related yellowing of wood-derived papers In Germany
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