The Life of Hemp
Legalized in over 30 industrialized nations, industrial hemp is perhaps the most mis-understood plant in America http://www.hemp.com/hemp-university/growing-hemp/countries-growing-hemp/ .
Hemp, being a cousin to the marijuana plant was banned in the US with the Marijuana Tax Reform Act of 1937 http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl2/reason-hemp-is-illegal.html.
Repealed for a brief period during World War II (see: Hemp for Victory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jokV8xlJTNE) the plant, although it contains little, if any, of the psycho-active ingredient (THC) has fallen victim to its close resemblance to marijuana. Legal to import, we in the United States import nearly $500 million worth of hemp products each year.
Our country’s Founding Fathers would be mortified. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were all hemp farmers http://www.hemp-technologies.com/page33/page33.html. For a period of time, it was mandated that hemp be grown – one could even pay their taxes with hemp http://bkcreative.hubpages.com/hub/Hemp-Growing-Was-Once-Required-By-Law. From industrial hemp a rare but incredible compound can be extracted – known as CBD or cannabidiol. CBD is well adapted to our recently discovered endo-cannabinoid system to provide many people with health and wellness benefits.