According to the North American Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC), the fibrous crop plant-

I’m sorry, the what now?

The fibrous crop plant.

No, no, the North American Hemp…

The North American Industrial Hemp Council.

Yes, that’s the one.

Oh, well it’s a continental council focused on the “reestablishment and expansion (of) the use of industrial hemp,” according to the NAIHC. The hemp crop has essentially been outlawed since the good ol’ 1950’s, because of the misconceived connection to its sister plant, marijuana.

Okay, so hemp is hemp, and weed is not. Got it. The NAIHC website delivers this point loud and clear. What peaks our fascination, is the history of the hemp crop plant that has been so meticulously outlined. Strait from the hemp horse’s mouth:

  • Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. Ithas been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s.
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.
  • BMW is experimenting with hemp materials in automobiles as part of an effort to make cars more recyclable.
  • Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run onNo one loves hemp like the NAIHC loves hemp. They are a wealth. The bountiful, fibrous plant apparently has innumerable industrial uses. It’s also an incredibly efficient plant. According to the experts, the annual hemp plant can grow in a variety of soils and conditions, but “tends to grow best on land that produces high yields of corn”. The NAIHC continues, “Hemp requires limited pesticides because it grows so quickly and attracts few pests”.

So there you have it. Hemp is a wonder plant, with countless applications, beloved by the founding fathers, that is able to find ideal growing conditions all over America. Because, where does corn grow? Everywhere.