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Here Comes the Hemp

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The Hindus called it “sacred grass.” Henry the Eighth fined farmers who were not raising hemp to provide the British navy with needed materials to make sails for their ships. In fact, the word “canvas” derives from cannabis, hemp’s close cousin, likely the world’s oldest agricultural crop. It grew wild in China and Taiwan as long ago as 8000 BC and was an essential of daily life, used to make clothes, shoes, ropes and paper. Its seeds and oil were eaten in China.