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History of Hemp

In honor of Hemp History Week, we’re going to look back at the possible origins and earliest known uses and applications of hemp, leading us to learn how hemp made its way to the United States. It’s been said that hemp is possibly one of the earliest plants to have been cultivated. An archeological site in the Oki Islands near Japan contained cannabis achenes (a type of dry fruit produced by many species of flowering plants) from about 8000 BC, possibly signifying the use of the plant. Later in China, it has been known through historical documentation and archeology that hemp was used to make clothes, shoes, ropes and early forms of paper. Textile expert Elizabeth Wayland Barber summarizes the...

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