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What do the American Flag and Declaration of Independence Have in Common?

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. 

  1. Hemp constitutes a highly sustainable, low-impact crop that can be converted into fabric sustainably and is a better option than artificial fibers.
  2. Levi's developed "cottonized" hemp in 2019.
  3. Hemp cultivation dates back 8,000 years to Mesopotamia. 
  4.  George Washington grew hemp on his property.
  5. The first American flags were allegedly made of hemp.  
  6. The U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper.
  7. Hemp can be used for clothing and is also odor-resistant, breathable, UV-protectant, and fire resistant.
  8. Hemp has been used to make clothing, rope, and canvas. 
  9. Hemp fibers are resistant to rot and abrasion, and have been used for military uniforms, parachute webbing, and ship rigging. 
  10. Hemp is stronger, more durable and cost effective than cotton. 
  11. Its stalks can be used to make fiber that’s stronger, more absorbent, more durable, and better insulating than cotton.
  12. 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.