History of Hemp

Some other interesting pieces of information about the historical use of hemp include the following.

  • From at least the 5th Century BC until the late 19th Century ship sails and riggings were made from hemp. Hemp is still used on some ships because of its resistance to mildew and weathering and because it remains pliable in extreme conditions where plastic based ropes become brittle and crack.
  • French bank notes are still produced from hemp paper, grown and processed in a small area of France.

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