An ancient plant that has been cultivated for millennia

TIMELINE

4000 BC

First Hemp Decorations

Clay pot unearthed in Taiwan that had been decorated with wrappings of Hemp twine.

2800 BC

Measuring ropes

Egyptian Goddess Sheshat (“the Goddess who measures”) depicted with a Hemp leaf above her head – records indicate Hemp was used for making measuring ropes in building construction.

2600 BC

First medical use

Chinese Emperor Shennong recorded the worlds first medical text listing medicinal properties of Hemp. The Chinese used Hemp fibre for their bow strings and leaves were used for treating wounded soldiers. The Emperor made it compulsory for some farmers to grow Hemp. China becomes known as “The land of Hemp and Mulberry.”

2000 BC

Sacred plant of India

Ancient Hindus of India list dried Cannabis leaves, seeds and stems in their first medicinal texts like the Atharvaveda. Cannabis is listed as one of the five sacred plants of India.

1500 BC

Egyptian medicine

Cannabis is listed as a medicine in the Ebers Papyrus from ancient Egypt.

800 BC

Chinese shaman uses Cannabis

Large stash of Cannabis leaves and seeds found in medicine bag of a mummified shaman in a tomb in the Gobi desert of China.

200 BC

First paper

First paper invented in China – is made from Hemp.

70 AD

Hemp extract used for over 1000 years

Dioscorides – medical doctor to Roman Emperor Nero lists Hemp extract in his famous medical text which went on to be used for over 1000 years.

400 AD

Hemp Bio-plastic

Mummified Ying Pan man discovered in China wearing a painted mask made from Hemp – the earliest known Hemp bio-plastic.

768

Hemp for King

King Charles the Great encourages growing of Hemp throughout his empire.

1454

Gutenberg Bible printed on Hemp paper

The Gutenberg Bible – the world’s first book printed on a movable type printing press is printed on Hemp paper. The few remaining original copies of the Gutenberg Bible are considered to be the most valuable books in the world with a complete copy valued at over $25 million.

1492

From Europe to the new world

Christopher Columbus brings European Hemp to the new world.

1533

Hemp for King’s Navy

King Henry 8th issued a royal proclamation which imposed a fine on any farmer that did not use some of his land for growing Hemp to supply the King’s Navy.

1538

William Turner praises Hemp

England’s first botanist, William Turner praises Hemp as a medicine in his book “New Herbal”

1619

Hemp can be used to pay taxes

America’s first Cannabis law orders all farmers MUST grow Hemp. Hemp is made a legal tender (ie. can be used to pay taxes)

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1763

Growing Hemp – new US laws

New laws in America make growing Hemp compulsory for all farmers

1776

Hemp declaration

The Declaration of Independence written on Hemp Paper by a Hemp Farmer.

1801

First necessity to the wealth and protection of the country

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country – If people let the Government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under Tyranny” – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of USA and Hemp Farmer.

1853

Hemp Levi’s

Levi Strauss & Co is founded in USA. The world’s first pair of jeans are made – from Hemp.

1897

Hemp oil for diesel engines

Rudolph Diesel invents world’s first diesel engine which is designed to run on clean-burning vegetable oils including Hemp Oil which does not cause pollution or create carbon buildup inside engines. For 30 years Hemp Oil was the fuel of choice for automobiles until international banking cartels sought to destroy Hemp so they could replace it with their toxic petrochemical fuels.

1930

Public PR campaigns

PR campaign launched in America to demonise Hemp a convince the public that any and all Cannabis was a dangerous drug that was killing teenagers and causing black people and Mexicans to commit sex crimes against white women.

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1937

Cultivation of Cannabis in US

US Congress approves a bill that prohibits the cultivation of all Cannabis including Hemp.

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1939

5-year scientific investigation of consuming Cannabis

31 independent scientists commissioned to undertake a 5-year scientific investigation of the physical effects of consuming Cannabis. The results reveal “Cannabis does not cause aggressive or anti-social behaviour. It does not cause an increase in sexual depravity. It does not alter the fundamental aspects of ones personality.”

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1942

Military clothing and equipment from Hemp

Hemp is used for military clothing and equipment during WW2. Farmers are again encouraged to grow Hemp.

1961

Cannabis cultivation

150 countries worldwide prohibited cannabis cultivation after UN conference.

1996

Growing Hemp legalized in Canada

Canada legalizes growing of Hemp which creates employment and hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue for the Canadian people.

1998

#1 selling snack bar

Paul Benhaim (now CEO of Hemp Foods Australia) creates 9bar from Hungarian Hemp Seeds which goes on to become the #1 selling snack bar in Europe.

2002

Eating Hemp Foods safe for Australians

Paul Benhaim (now CEO of Hemp Foods Australia) spearheads an application that is submitted to the Australian Government to have the prohibition of eating Hemp Foods removed. The Government undertakes a thorough investigation into Hemp, declares that it is safe and would be a beneficial food for Australians.

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2012

Hemp products not for consumption

A second application is submitted to the Australian Government to allow Australians to eat Hemp Foods. The Government undertakes another thorough investigation of Hemp, again declares that it is safe, has no psychoactive properties and contains high-quality essential nutrition. Hemp products are available for sale in Australia under the clause that they are not produced for human consumption.

2017

Hemp seed foods legalized in Australia

The Australian Food Standards Code has been amended to permit the sale of low THC hemp seed foods.