What do the American Flag and Declaration of Independence Have in Common?
You guessed it! Hemp.
Hemp has a variety of uses and has actually been proved to be one of the earliest plants to be domesticated by humans. Because of the plant’s long-lasting and extensive durability, many of the country’s most important documents were created with hemp.
- Hemp constitutes a highly sustainable, low-impact crop that can be converted into fabric sustainably and is a better option than artificial fibers.
- Levi's developed "cottonized" hemp in 2019.
- Hemp cultivation dates back 8,000 years to Mesopotamia.
- George Washington grew hemp on his property.
- The first American flags were allegedly made of hemp.
- The U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper.
- Hemp can be used for clothing and is also odor-resistant, breathable, UV-protectant, and fire resistant.
- Hemp has been used to make clothing, rope, and canvas.
- Hemp fibers are resistant to rot and abrasion, and have been used for military uniforms, parachute webbing, and ship rigging.
- Hemp is stronger, more durable and cost effective than cotton.
- Its stalks can be used to make fiber that’s stronger, more absorbent, more durable, and better insulating than cotton.
- Hemp has many skincare benefits when applied topically. These include acne relief, hair treatments, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and soothing rough patches of eczema or psoriasis.