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Hemp came to America on the Mayflowerwoven into the ships sails and rigging It covered Conestoga wagons trudging west According to legend Betsy Ross stitched it into that famous flag and Levi Strauss sewed it into the first pair of gold miners jeans Hemp was a cash crop for rope twine canvas and cellulose in the United States until 1937 when it was outlawed by the federal government largely because major chemical companiescompeting for the war industry with synthetic fiberslobbied for the Marijuana Tax Act Now is the time for the comeback of the world most versatile and oldest cultivated fiber plant in the world Hemp can be used for body care such as cosmetics shampoo etc foods and beverages building materials fuel Biodiesel and a new ethanol paper and textiles from clothing to linens Hemp is stronger than cotton and Hemp grows well without herbicides fungicides or pesticides Almost half of the agricultural chemicals used on US crops are applied to cotton Hemp is also more resilient to UV rays Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis and can be used for every type of paper Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination Hemps low need for acids used in pulping and its creamy color lends itself to environmentally friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds and less bleaching results in fewer chemical byproducts As for food Hemp Seed is far more nutritious than even soybean contains more essential fatty acids than any other source is second only to soybeans in complete protein but is more digestible by humans is high in B-vitamins and is 35 dietary fiber Yes hemp does contains trace amounts of THC the active substance in marijuana but hemps THC quantities are so tiny that its literally impossible to get high by eating food containing hemp These THC levels are also too small to interfere with drug tests Hemp food products are a small but
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