There is no denying that hemp has had an interesting life with a variety of different twists and turns along the way!
Hemp has had an interesting time over its lifetime. Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops
in the world, but the way everyone talks about it, you’d think it was only just discovered. Hemp
is being spoken about as the next ‘superfood,’ but this humble plant has had a long and hard
journey over the last 8,000 years.
Almost all of the CBD products that you see for sale across the United States are made using
CBD sourced from industrial hemp plants.
The Origins of Hemp
The very first traces of hemp were discovered in 8,000 BCE in Taiwan and China in the form of
hemp cords. There were also records discovered that people used hemp oil and hemp seeds as
food. It’s easy to assume that based on human agriculture beginning around 10,000 years ago,
hemp was one of the first crops.
Hemp appeared to spread out of Asia and throughout Europe, Africa, and into South America.
There were a variety of different religious and historical documents that referred to hemp as the
‘Sacred Grass’ or ‘King of Seeds.’ Throughout history, hemp was part of the daily life of
generations of people as clothing, rope, food, shoes, paper, and much more.
Hemp in the United States of America
It’s time to jump forward a few thousand years to the United States of America in the 1600s and
1700s. Hemp was one of the first crops to be grown widely across the early United States
settlements. In fact, farmers were actually required to grow hemp because it was considered to be
a staple crop of the settlement.
Hemp was widely used across the United States at the time, and even many of the early founding
fathers grew and supported hemp.
Changing Attitudes Towards Hemp was Devastating
In the early 1900s, attitudes began to swing away from hemp. The hemp plant was incorrectly
grouped with the marijuana plant as a narcotic, and the growing disinformation being used
against Mexican immigrants started to push both hemp and marijuana plants away from a useful
crop towards an illegal crop. Misinformation was being used to counter Mexican immigration to
the U.S., and there were even posters and artwork made depicting Mexican’s high on marijuana
raping and murdering Americans.
The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was the Final Nail in the Coffin
The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 heavily taxed the hemp industry, and many people believe it was
introduced to help subdue the hemp industry while promoting the nylon and plastic industries
growing across the United States. This all changed after 1942 when the U.S. government realized
that they needed hemp for the war effort. Between 1942 and 1945, the government promoted the
benefits of hemp, and there were over 400,000 acres of hemp being grown across the U.S.
The Tides Turn Against Hemp – Again
The positive attitude to hemp quickly swung in the opposite direction after Word War 2 was
finished. Hemp crops quickly began to decline, and the last commercial hemp crop in the United
States was planted in Wisconsin in 1957. In 1970 hemp was officially outlawed after it was
added to the Controlled Substances Act in which it was classified as a Schedule 1 drug alongside
cocaine, LSD, and Heroin.
Hemp’s Glorious Comeback!
It’s all changed for hemp in the last twenty years. In 2004 the U.S. government allowed certain
businesses to start importing hemp. In 2007 two farms in North Dakota were the first to be
granted licenses to grow hemp in over fifty years. The 2014 Farm Bill made it federally legal for
states to start researching and growing limited numbers of hemp crops. The 2018 Farm Bill made
it federally legal for all states to grow hemp and produce products from hemp, including CBD
The History of Hemp Conclusion
Hemp and CBD products are now a multi-billion dollar industry across the United States, with
some polls suggesting that almost 15% of Americans have tried CBD products.
It’s important if you are currently on medication, that you speak with your doctor or healthcare
professional before taking any CBD as CBD can interfere with the way our bodies process some
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