The Great Book of Hemp

The Great Book of Hemp : The Complete Guide to the Commercial, Medicinal and Psychotropic Uses of the World's Most Extraordinary Plant

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Hemp, Cannabis sativa, has been called the world's most versatile plant. Materials made from hemp fibre have been discovered in tombs dating back to 7000 B.C. During the Middle Ages hemp was used to treat fevers, insomnia and malaria. Columbus's ships had sails of hemp and during colonial times it was universally grown because its strong fibres made superior ropes, sails, cloth and paper. In fact, hemp was used for money in most of the Americas from 1631 until the early 1800s and the original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written on hemp paper.

As a food, the oil from hemp seeds has the highest percentage of essential fatty acids and the lowest percentage of saturated fats. Britain and Canada have recently lifted bans on growing industrial hemp and today it is reappearing in the marketplace in an amazing array of products: from lip-salve, jeans, salad oil and cheese to paper products, composite fibreboard, and biomass fuel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 200 x 255 x 19mm | 1g
  • Park Street Press,U.S.
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Original ed.
  • 92 b&w illustrations
  • 0892815418
  • 9780892815418
  • 229,249

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CURRENT AFFAIRS " Hemp is of first necessity of the wealth and protection of the country." --Thomas Jefferson Hemp, Cannabis sativa, has been called man's greatest plant ally. It has been worshipped as a source of spiritual enlightenment and a sustainer of human life, but until recently hemp's amazing past was virtually forgotten. Once at the foundation of civilization's economy, it was not until the twentieth century that hemp was outlawed. But hemp is back. Europe and Canada have lifted bans on growing industrial hemp and it has exploded onto the marketplace in a dazzling array of products: from jeans, sneakers, and lip balm to tree-free paper, fiber board, and insulation. With new technology it is possible to make anything from hemp that we now make from petroleum--including paint, plastic, and biomass energy. In this illustrated, comprehensive guide, Rowan Robinson reveals hemp's hidden history. He examines hemp's role as man's first fiber crop, its role in Hinduism and other world religions, and as the catalyst of cultural revolution in the 1960s. Robinson also exposes the prejudices and cover-ups behind the marijuana hysteria of the last fifty years. Calling on contemporary studies, as well as ancient wisdom, Robinson makes an extensive analysis of the nutritional and medicinal uses of hemp and of its surprising potential to solve some of the world's, most troubling environmental problems such as soil erosion, soil contamination, and deforestation. With a resource section listing the companies and organizations involved in the hemp renaissance, The Great Book of Hemp is your complete guide to the world's most extraordinary plant.
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Table of contents

Publisher's Foreword



1. The Environment and Hemp Husbandry

2. Hemp and Health

3. Hemp and Spirituality

4. A Global History of Hemp

5. The Patriotic Crop

6. Marijuana Madness

7. Hemp for Victory

Appendix 1 The Hemp Resource Guide

Appendix 2 The Hemp Marketplace



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Review quote

"The Great Book of Hemp brings together a vast amount of information on all aspects of this remarkable plant in an illustrated, entertaining, easily accessible format. Readers will learn the history of hemp cultivation worldwide and its role as a source of renewable energy and as a raw material for paper manufacturing. Lost in the political discussions about marijuana usage is hemp's versatility as a fiber and its many nutritional and medicinal uses. The Great Book of Hemp provides a comprehensive resource section with information on organizations involved in legalizing hemp, product suppliers, and an annotated bibliography." * Wisconsin Bookwatch * "The engagingly written, well-illustrated reference book is a thoughtful contribution to the discussion of hemp. The Great Book of Hemp makes a strong case for reconsidering hemp now!" * Thomas P. Healy, Branches *
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About Rowan Robinson

Rowan Robinson is the pen name of an author who chooses to remain anonymous.
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