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

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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Author(s)
Rowan Robinson
Format
Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions
200 x 255 x 19mm | 662.24g
Publication date
01 Nov 1995
Publisher
Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Imprint
Park Street Press,U.S.
Publication City/Country
Rochester, United States
Language
English
Edition
Annotated
Edition Statement
Original ed.
Illustrations note
92 b&w illustrations
ISBN10
0892815418
ISBN13
9780892815418
Bestsellers rank
66,730