History & Facts

Let’s start with the history

CBD oil is all the rage.  It’s important to learn the difference and know the background of something that is not new, but very, very old.  Did you know that the hemp plant which CBD is extracted from has been around for over 10,000 years?  Please note that this is probably a conservative figure.

In Great Britain, hemp cultivation dates back to 800 AD.  There are even carbon tests that suggest that the hemp plant dates back as far as 8000 B.C.  In the 16th century, Henry VIII encouraged his farmers to plant crops extensively to provide materials for the British Naval Fleet.  A steady supply of hemp was needed for the construction of battleships and components.  Sails, pennants, riggings and oakum were all made from hemp fiber and oil.  Hemp paper was used for maps, logs. . . and guess what?  Even the Bible they carried on board.

In the 17th Century American farmers in Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut were ordered by law to grow hemp. By the 18th Century, a person could be sentenced to jail if they did not grow a hemp crop on their land.  Hemp in those days was considered legal tender.  For over 200 years in colonial America, hemp was currency and could be used to pay their taxes.  In 1850, the U.S. Census documented approximately 8500 hemp plantations of at least 2000 acres each.  The strains of hemp included China hemp, Smyrna hemp and Japanese hemp.  In 1850 cannabis was added to the list of the U.S. Pharmacopeia, a respected compendium of medicines and dietary supplements.

Oh yes, hemp goes on.  In 1896 Rudolph Diesel had produced his famous engine.  Like many others, Diesel assumed that his engine would be powered by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils.  This was what we know today as the “diesel engine”.  Henry Ford of what is now known as the Ford Motor Company saw the potential of biomass fuels.  He operated a successful biomass conversion plant producing hemp fuel at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan.  Today these are supplied by oil-related industries.

Viewing it as a threat, a smear campaign against hemp was started by competing corporate industries by associating hemp with marijuana.  Propaganda films like “Reefer Madness” assured hemp’s demise.  When Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937, hemp’s demise effectively began.  The tax and licensing regulations of the Act made hemp cultivation nearly impossible for American farmers.  Anslinger, the chief promoter of the Tax Act argued for anti-marijuana legislation around the world.

MINDBLOWING HEMP FACTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT

*In China as early as 6000 BCE, seeds and cannabis oil were used for food

*In 850 the Vikings transported hemp rope and seeds to Iceland and by the year   900 Arabs were learning techniques for making paper from hemp. By 1000 Italians were using ropes made of hemp on their sailing ships.

*90% of all ships sails of old and rope were made from hemp.  The word canvas is Dutch for “hemp”.  Webster’s New World Dictionary

*The first Bibles, maps and charts were made from hemp; US Government Archives

*George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers grew hemp; Washington and Jefferson Diaries

*Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and it processed hemp

*Betsy Ross’s flag, the first draft of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp; US Government Archives

*It was legal to pay taxes with hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800s; LA Times, August 12, 1981

*The first crop grown in many states was hemp.  1850 was a peak year for Kentucky; producing 40,000 tons.  Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th century; State Archives

*In 1916 the US Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down.  Government studies report that one acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees.  Plans were in the works to implement such programs; Department of Agriculture

*Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint production in 1935; Sherwin Williams Paint Company testimony before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.

*Henry Ford’s first Model T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from hemp! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, grown from the soil had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was ten times stronger than steel.  Popular Mechanics 1941

*Hemp crop “billion dollar crop” ; It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars.  Popular Mechanics, February 1938

The Political Blunder

A fascinating situation arose during World War II as American farmers were prohibited from producing hemp because of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act law.  However, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor halted the importation of Manila hemp from the Philippines, prompting the USDA to rethink their agenda and creating a call to action with the release of the film, “Hemp for Victory”.  This media movement motivated American farmers to grow hemp for the war effort.  Our government formed a private company called “War Hemp Industries” to subsidize hemp cultivation.  Over one million acres of hemp were grown across the Midwest as part of this program.  As soon as the war ended, and yes you guessed it, all the hemp processing plants were shut down and the industry disappeared once again.  Interestingly enough, because of all this, wild hemp may be found scattered across the country.

From 1937 until the late 1960s the United States Government recognized that industrial hemp and marijuana were two distinct varieties of cannabis plant.  After the “Control Substances Act” was passed, hemp was no longer recognized as being distinct from Marijuana. Once againone of the largest “intentional” misunderstandings.

The astronomer Carl Sagan, an icon in the science world, put forth the possibility that cannabis may have been the world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself.  Looking at timelines, it is clear that cannabis plants have been integral to mankind since the earliest of times.

PRESENT MEDICAL FACTS AND TESTING

Presently there are many studies being done with CBD including Pharmaceutical companies.  The Pharmaceutical companies are making a synthetic version of the natural CBD.  Unfortunately we cannot make any claims to the benefits of CBD for the body.  This alone should tell you something.  Do your research and know that we produce some of the highest quality CBD available on the internet.  We wish we could tell you the benefits; as it pleases us to see something God has given to this earth that turns around and gives back to humanity.  Realize every body is different and herbs play a huge part in man’s existence.  Most studies that you will find by doctors are outside of the United States.  Why?