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The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World's Most Extraordinary Plant Paperback – November 1, 1995
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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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“ Hemp is of first necessity of the wealth and protection of the country.”
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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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.
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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A tad of buyers remorse it must be said