The earliest known woven fabric is made of hemp, found in 8000 year old tombs.
Hemp fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent, more mildew resistant, and more insulative then cotton. Hemp is also more effective at blocking the suns rays. Hemp fibers are more absorbent to dyes and because of their ability to screen out ultraviolet rays, hemp fabric is less prone to fading then cotton is. The durability of hemp fiber is un-paralleled.
Archival quality paper can be made from hemp and in fact, 10,000 acres of hemp can produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of trees. Hemp paper is stronger, longer lasting and does not yellow with age like wood pulp paper does. The declaration of independence was drafted on Hemp paper, and for centuries bibles were printed on hemp paper. Plus hemp paper can be recycled more times then wood based paper.
Hemp is the perfect archival medium for artist’s work, because it’s acid free. The paintings of Van Gogh, Gainsborough, Rembrandt etc. were primarily painted on hemp canvas, as were practically all canvas paintings. Hemp withstands heat, mildew, insects, and is not damaged by light. Oil paintings on hemp and/or flax canvas have stayed in fine conditions for centuries.
Hemp is sustainable, it grows well without the use of herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides. The production of cotton however, consumes 50% of the pesticides sprayed in the world.
Hemps is Earth’s number-one biomass resource, it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months. Farming only 6% of continental US acreage with biomass crops would provide all of America’s gas and oil needs, ending dependence on fossil fuels.
Hemp builds topsoil and can be grown on the same acreages year after year.
Hemp oil is the richest known source for polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (the good fats) at 80% of total oil volume. It’s also quite high in some essential amino acids, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a rare nutrient also found in mother’s milk.
Hemp has been grown for the last 12000 years for paper, textiles, and food. The United States is the only industrialized nation that prohibits the growing of industrial hemp.