The HEMP Party guide on Cannabis for food, fuel, fibre, medicine, cosmetics and recreation.
Virtually every part of the plant is used—root, leaves, and flowers for medicine; stems for textiles, rope, and paper pulp; and seeds for food and oil. Hemp is a valuable resource for methanol fuel and bio-diesel.
Hemp fibre became a major crop in the history of almost every European country by 400 BC. The Greeks and Romans used hemp rope and sails exclusively for their sailing vessels, importing the fiber from Sicily.
The early Americans cultivated Cannabis hemp primarily for its fibre.
Hemp fibre production was most important to the developing colonies for homespun cloth and ships’ rigging.