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"The Great Book of Hemp brings together a vast amount of information on all aspects of this remarkable plant in an illustrated, entertaining, easily accessible format. Readers will learn the history of hemp cultivation worldwide and its role as a source of renewable energy and as a raw material for paper manufacturing. Lost in the political discussions about marijuana usage is hemp's versatility as a fiber and its many nutritional and medicinal uses. The Great Book of Hemp provides a comprehensive resource section with information on organizations involved in legalizing hemp, product suppliers, and an annotated bibliography." (Wisconsin Bookwatch)

"The engagingly written, well-illustrated reference book is a thoughtful contribution to the discussion of hemp.  The Great Book of Hemp makes a strong case for reconsidering hemp now!" (Thomas P. Healy, Branches)

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CURRENT AFFAIRS

“ Hemp is of first necessity of the wealth and protection of the country.”
--Thomas Jefferson

Hemp, Cannabis sativa, has been called man’s greatest plant ally. It has been worshipped as a source of spiritual enlightenment and a sustainer of human life, but until recently hemp’s amazing past was virtually forgotten. Once at the foundation of civilization’s economy, it was not until the twentieth century that hemp was outlawed. But hemp is back. Europe and Canada have lifted bans on growing industrial hemp and it has exploded onto the marketplace in a dazzling array of products: from jeans, sneakers, and lip balm to tree-free paper, fiber board, and insulation. With new technology it is possible to make anything from hemp that we now make from petroleum--including paint, plastic, and biomass energy.

In this illustrated, comprehensive guide, Rowan Robinson reveals hemp’s hidden history. He examines hemp’s role as man’s first fiber crop, its role in Hinduism and other world religions, and as the catalyst of cultural revolution in the 1960s. Robinson also exposes the prejudices and cover-ups behind the marijuana hysteria of the last fifty years.

Calling on contemporary studies, as well as ancient wisdom, Robinson makes an extensive analysis of the nutritional and medicinal uses of hemp and of its surprising potential to solve some of the world’s, most troubling environmental problems such as soil erosion, soil contamination, and deforestation. With a resource section listing the companies and organizations involved in the hemp renaissance, The Great Book of Hemp is your complete guide to the world’s most extraordinary plant.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press; Original ed. edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815418
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alexander Doak on November 1, 2011
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I should have paid more attention to the reviews here. This book is mostly about marijuana, and not so much about Industrial Hemp. I was expecting the exact opposite. Also, the guide is not very thorough. A book ten times this size could be written on just growing hemp. While it may cover a wide range of topics, it does not go into any great depth. Maybe I just knew to much already about Hemp, and simply couldn't learn anything new from this volume...

It reads like an apologetic for 'stoners', which frustrated me personally because I have absolutely no interest in hemp for it's THC content. I'm 80% interested in the health aspects of hemp (primarily the live seed) and 10% interested in the mechanical/industrial uses of hemp. The last 10% is just because it's illegal.

According to the author nearly every religion started with people who were smoking weed, and nearly every person who's ever used hemp for any application also secretly smoked weed. Which is fine, great, whatever, it may all be true. I just got tired of the same message while trying to learn about nutrient content and decorticators.

I recommend this book for those interested in Marijuana. I don't recommend it for those interested in (Non-Marijuana) Hemp.
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This is one of the most Informative works on the subject of Hemp that I have read in 20 years. I have been researching Hemp & Marijuana for over 40 years. To date this is one of the most educational compilations of information on the subject that I have found. If everyone in America were made aware of the information in this book, the insanity of the Hemp/marijuana war being waged in this country by overzealot/misinformed
Law Makers and Enforcers would end. Then we could begin building a Billion dollar industry that will save the countries farmers and the world would be a better place.
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Through my 20's & 30's I was "on the wagon" from marijuana 'cuz I was doing the church thing. It was the only thing I really regretted having to give up. I didn't miss cigarettes and alcohol was a good thing to learn to live without. I've always felt like marijuana is a tremendous gift from God. When my physicians prescribed narcotics for my chronic pain I decided it was time to try using my old friend, MaryJane, for relief. First thing I did was read everything I could get my hands on about MJ. This book is a Gold Mine of information. Of all the books, pamphlets and stuff on the internet I've read, The Great Book of Hemp was the most comprehensive and informative. Prohibition of marijuana is wrong in SO many ways. Since reading this book (over & over & over - the library finally recorded it as lost! I took it back and bought my own.) I am Excited to do what I can to help change the laws regarding marijuana. I think that if people who aren't familiar with MJ as a medicine or recreational intoxicant learned about it's many benefits, they too would see how ridiculous and EXPENSIVE it is to keep it as an illegal substance. The economic benefits that legalization would bring would not just save jillions of dollars in legal expenses it would ADD money to our government funds by way of taxation. I believe this book is a valuable tool to educate the public as they ponder whether or not to vote for or otherwise support legalization.
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I am reading this book as I type this and it has very good information in it. I feel this topic is like drinking beer or whiskey. If you are old enough choose what you want to and drink responsibly and in this case smoke responsibly. OH and yes the legal pot growers like the ones in Colorado DO PAY Federal taxes. They just need to send in the cashiers checks to a certain address and keep a record of the transactions. I thought a great use of the pot taxes the pot growers paid to the state of Colorado cancelled out the debt the state had in the first year of sales.
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Very insightful,I had only learned the negative effects in school and growing up. This plant could really could really help heal our planet.
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I first read about commercial hemp farms over 35 years ago and couldn't believe these weren't everywhere in America. The uses for hemp products are are nothing short of astounding and it is a green industry for the most part. I hope you join in the growing grass roots movement (yes, a pun) to legalize hemp farms. Canada has been allowing hemp farms and production for years and consider a vital economic engine.
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I am a vegan and enjoy hemp food, also the possibilities of hemp paper, fabric and anything else that could be beneficial to people and animals while being good for the planet. I thought I was going to get a bit more nutritional info, maybe more about uses for the fabric and home items, I'm even ok with medical usage, etc. It kind of was more about how certain big-wigs (the 1% way back in the early 1900's) started all the controversy over hemp and marijuana. This is interesting, of course - this is the sort of thing that goes on today, but somehow I just think they could have given more usable information. So many people freak out over the word "hemp" because of conditioning. The book had a little of that "pot head" tilt. I have nothing against people using marijuana, I see it as no more dangerous than many things like smoking, alcohol, high fructose corn syrup - I could go on. Unless it is legal, it's not on my list of things to do, but I think that when books and people make hemp seem "pot head" like it just does the plant a great disservice. Can't say I'd order it again. . .in fact I think I already traded it at the used book store.
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