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Hemp Husbandry

The fiber of Cannabis, the "True Hemp", is tightly woven into the tapestry of human life. Since earliest times, this great plant ally has provided people with cordage, cloth, paper, medicine, and inspiration. For all the many benefits it bestows, Cannabis hemp is a friendship well worth cultivating. Hemp is many things to many people, and it is known by hundreds of names. Poets sing its praises, and preachers damn it. Executioners hang condemned men with hemp rope, but sailors and mountaineers hang onto it for dear life. Doctors prescribe it as a medicine, yet prohibitionists proscribe it as a poison. Armies and navies make war with hemp, while lovers use it as an aphrodisiac. The resinous virtue generates real happiness, enlightenment and entertainment, equal in quality and worth to the similar joys of love, freedom, and good health --- and it complements them all, and it comforts those poor souls who are without such blessings. Hemp is a most interesting and paradoxical plant, one that defies control and begs understanding. Hemp is one of mankind's best (and few) friends on Earth, yet it is a prisoner within its own cells, bound in a Gordian Knot of laws. Yet again, hemp is Ariadne's Thread, a guideline out of the labyrinth of bureaucratic tyranny and into a new state of liberty and grace. James Allen expressed the sentiment most passionately in the closing words of The Reign ofLaw (1900):

Hemp Husbandry

Robert A. Nelson

Copyright 1999 ~  All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Frontispiece (1 MB): "G. Washington & T. Jefferson Inspecting a Field of Hemp, ca. 1774. (Harry S. Robins, 1994)

1.    The First Crop

1. Introduction ~ 2. Hemp & Health ~ 3. Hemp in America ~ 4. Hemp Cloth ~
5. Hemp Paper ~ 6. Hemp Products ~ 7. Biodiesel ~ 8. Hemp: A Renewable Resource ~
9. Other Fiber Plants ~ 10. Hempseed & Nutrition ~ 11. Hempseed Oil ~ 12. References
2. Hemp Husbandry
1. Introduction ~ 2. Soil ~ 3. Water ~ 4. Temperature ~ 5. Sowing  ~ 6. Cultivation ~
7. Diseases & Pests ~ 8. Nutrients ~ 9. Cultivating for Cannabinoids  ~
10. Growth Stimulants ~ 11. Harvest ~ 12. Hempseed ~ 13. Apologia ~ 14. References
3. Hemp Fiber
1. Retting ~ 2. Hurds ~ 3. Decortication ~ 4. Hemp Fiber Technology ~ 5. Hemp Paper ~
6. References
4. Botany & Breeding
1. Classification ~ 2. Description ~ 3. Trichromes ~ 4. Phenotypes ~ 5. Genetics ~
6. Polyploidy ~ 7. Breeding ~ 8. Light  ~ 9. Sexual Expression ~ 10. References
5. Electro-Culture
1. Introduction ~ 2. Antennas ~ 3. Electrostatics ~ 4. DC ~ 5. AC ~ 6. Magnetism ~
7. Electrogenics ~ 8. Sound ~ 9. Light ~ 10. References
6. Cannabinoid Chemistry
1. Cannabinoids ~ 2. Extraction ~ 3. Acetylation ~ 4. Isomerization ~ 5. Identification ~
6. Neurology ~ 7. References
Appendix 1: Resources

Appendix 2: James Allen: The Reign of Law

Appendix 3: Polemics Against Prohibition

Index

Tables:

1.1 Comparison of Wood & Hurds
1.2 Analysis of Hempseed
1.3 Mineral Assay of Hempseed
1.4 Protein Analysis of Hempseed
1.5 Properties of Hempseed Oil
1.6 Fatty Acid Analysis
2.1 Economic Feasibility of Hemp
2.2 Production Costs of Hemp
2.3 Nutrient Deficiency/Excess
2.4 Plant & Soil Interrelationships
2.5 Hemp Farming
3.1 TraditionalHemp Processing
3.2 Breakdown of Hemp
3.3 Colorimetric Identification
3.4 Comparison of Wood & Hurds
4.1 Cannabis Genotypes
Figures: (Not included in the Online Edition)


This "Hemp Husbandry" article is reprinted with permission from Robert A. Nelson. The article is included on Hemp Basics as it appears on his own site, Rex Research.