By now, it’s no secret that Hemp has been a powerful ally of human development throughout history. As a testament to this, there are many highly influential historical figures who have praised Hemp in various ways. But what’s incredible about this plant goes much deeper than just the people who acknowledged it; The countless ways it can be used are the most impressive part.
Whether it’s for relaxation, sequestering of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, or any of the numerous ways that Hemp could help provide relief for unsustainable practices, one thing is for certain: Hemp can help save the world.
Here, we’ve put together 17 of our favourite defining quotes from different points in history that imply just that.
Do you recognise any of the names below?
“Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed, and sow it everywhere”– George Washington
“Hemp will be the future of mankind, or there won’t be a future”– Jack Herer
“Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.”– Jesse Ventura
“Hemp is one of the greatest, most important substances of our nation”– Thomas Jefferson
“As with most consensual crimes, this prohibition of hemp is both silly and sinister.”– Peter McWilliams
“Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my Hohner harmonica.”– Abraham Lincoln
“Since 1937, about half the forests in the world have been cut down to make paper. If hemp had not been outlawed, most would still be standing, oxygenating the planet.”– Alan Bock
I want people to get over the stigma about hemp. These seeds can’t make you high, but they will make you feel good.– Ziggy Marley
“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”– Henry Ford
“Imagine people growing hemp and making everything from food to fuel without petroleum!”– Josh Tickell
“The Anglo-Saxon farmers had scarce conquered foothold, stronghold, freehold in the Western wilderness before they became sowers of hemp–with remembrance of Virginia, with remembrance of dear ancestral Britain.”– James Lane Allen
“Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications.”– Cory Gardner
“We shall by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”– John Adams
“As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.”– Andrew Weil
“There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to raise hemp. Hemp is a good product.”– Ron Paul
“We can build a high-speed fully automated system of production from durable, lightweight bioplastic and graphene, out of hemp and other plants, powered by biofuel and hemp batteries, while – because of hemp’s ability to revive soil and absorb CO2 – healing the soil and stabilising the climate in the process. This reconstruction of society, which would raise living standards exponentially for everyone, is not an ideal or a fantasy, it is a necessity both historically and ecologically.”– Ted Reece
“More and more people are finding out the benefits of it – hemp and marijuana. The more they delve into it and research it, the more they realize, Hey wait a minute, we should give this another look.”– Willie Nelson
Knowing that hemp has played such a prominent role in the history of humanity goes to show how truly impressive this plant is. With such an astounding reputation, it’s strange to think that certain countries had barring restrictions on Hemp for so long However, this has started to change – and we continue to fight this battle on the front lines in Australia.
Did you have a favourite quote in this post? Do you have a favourite Hemp quote that we didn’t include here?
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