IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME.... OR, THE OTHER THINGS WEED IS GOOD FOR.
Although some authors contend that hemp originated in central Asia, most now agree that China was the original home of hemp (Dewey, 1913). Because the greatest diversity of hemp germplasm is found there, Vavilov placed the center of origin of hemp in China (Vavilov, 1992).
Cultivation and use of hemp for fiber predates written history. Chinese writings from the Sung dynasty (about 500 A.D.) state that the emperor Shen Nung first taught the people of China to cultivate hemp and make cloth around 2,800 B.C. Later Chinese texts indicate that hemp stalkswere also used for fuel and the seeds for food and oil, but there are no early records of hemp production for drug use in China. According to Herodotus (about 450 B.C.) hemp fiber was used by the Thracians and Scythians beyond the Caspian Sea and was probably introduced to Europe during the westward Scythian migration around 1500 B.C. Hemp remained virtually unknown to the Greeks and Romans, however, until the beginning of the Christian era (Dewey, 1913).
The earliestwritten record of hemp use in Europe states that "Heiro II, King of Syracuse (270 B.C.), bought the hemp used for the cordage of his vessels in Gaul" (De Candolle, 1886). By the sixteenth century hemp was widely distributed in Europe where it was cultivated for fiber and the seeds were cooked with barley or other grains and eaten. In 1537 Discorides named the plant Cannabis sativa and wrote of its use for cordage as well as its medicinal properties (Dewey, 1913).
hemp seed oil
One of the fastest growing markets for hemp seed oil is health care products. The significant amounts of EFA in hemp oil makes it an ideal topical ingredient in lotions, lip balms, conditioners, shampoos, soaps and shaving products. Hemp oil can also be used as cooking oil and in salad dressings, spreads and dips.Hemp seed contains 30 percent of its weight in EFA-rich oil, providing an ideal combination of omega 3 and omega 6 for long-term use. As a healthier alternative to oils containing more saturated fats hemp seed oil may have potential health benefits for diabetes, cancer, lupus, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and hypertension.
BUILD A HOUSE OF HEMP
No doubt you've heard the story about the big bad wolf that blew down the little pig's house -- you know, the cottage made from straw? If that wolf was a friend of the environment, he probably wouldn't have done that, because some straw houses, like the one built in 2010 by the University of Bath in Great Britain, are eco-friendly. Britishresearchers built the Balehaus at Bath to study how renewable construction materials work. But central to the home's design is Cannabis sativa.
LIST OF LINKS PERTAINING TO HEMP TECH. AND HISTORY
1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
2. 10,000-year History of Marijuana use in the World
3. Hemp's History, THE TRUTH ABOUT HEMP
4. Hemp: Nature's Super Fiber
5. Hemp: Miracle Fiber or Dangerous Drug?
6. Hemp: An Alternative Fiber for Making Paper
7. Manufacturers, Research, and Top Level Producers
8. Hemcore: Manufacturers of Hemp Fiber and Animal Bedding
9. Hemp: Fuel Food Fiber Medicine Industry
10. The Weed That Can Change The World
11. Hemp as a Fuel / Energy Source
12. Hemp fuels- Environmentally friendly fuel sources