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Dear All,
Due to increased awareness of earth friendly materials i am writing a comprehensive review for Hemp products, in years i came through all these details which i am sharing for all TSF Family respectively.
it wont only help taking the right decision but also will help all to determine there requirements clearly.

History of Hemp:

Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. It has been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s.

*George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of > Independence on hemp paper.

*When US sources of "Manila hemp" (not true hemp) was cut off by the Japanese in WWII, the US Army and US Department of Agriculture promoted the "Hemp for Victory"
campaign to grow hemp in the US.

Eco Facts:

*The US Drug Enforcement Agency classifies all C.Sativa varieties as "marijuana."
While it is theoretically possible to get permission from the government to grow hemp, DEA would require that the field be secured by fence, razor wire, dogs, guards, and lights, making it cost-prohibitive.

Health Facts:

At a volume level of 81%, hemp oil is the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (the "good" fats). It's quite high in some essential amino acids, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient also found in
mother's milk.

Fabric standards

Fineness & Softness:
Hemp may be known for its durability, but its comfort and style are second to none. Hemp fiber is much finer than Flax and ramie. Compared with flax and ramie's fineness of around Ne 650 to Ne 1900, hemp fiber's fineness can reach Ne 2800! It makes hemp textiles feel softer and much more comfortable. The higher the hemp content, the softer it gets. Hemp doesn't wear out, it wears in.


Hemp is known as the strongest fiber; over twice as strong as cotton. Hemp fiber is the most durable of all natural textile fibers. Products made from hemp will outlast their competition by many years. Not only is hemp strong, but it also holds its shape, stretching less than any other natural fiber. This prevents hemp garments from stretching out or becoming distorted with use. Apparel made from hemp will likely last longer and withstand harsh conditions.

Porous nature:

Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its color better than any other fabric including cotton. This porous nature allows hemp to "breathe," so that it is cool in warm weather. Conversely,
air which is trapped in the fibers is warmed by the body, making hemp garments naturally warm in cooler weather.

More Lustrous & Shinny:

Hemp fabrics soften and improve with washing, like linen. Simple washing improves the fabric, softening it, filling in gaps and adding smoothness and luster. Hemp will become more beautiful and lustrous with washing.


Hemp is the rarest of fibers: new, natural, and luxurious. Its surface reflects light with a subtle luster. Its warm tone and the pattern of its texture have the elegance of refined rusticity. It is simply beautiful with a luxurious feel and drape that's a pleasure to feel against the skin.

Anti Bacterial:

After a whole process of degumming and dying, the hemp textile still retains and absorbs a large amount of cannabinol substance, which has an obvious effect of extinguishing and inhibiting microbe growth.
According to the test of National Center of Supervision &Inspection on Textile Quality, hemp textile is resistant to staphylococcus aureus, pseudomonas,aeruginosa, escherichia coli and Candida albicans. & various other bacterias.

Anti UV Properties:

The cross section of it always contains an irregular triangle, polygon and so on, and its molecular structure is prismatic, which is looser, and has a spiral line grain on it. Therefore hemp fiber's features enable its products to have a
counteracting effect to light waves and sound waves. the common hemp fabric shields more than 95% ultraviolet rays without any extra treatment.

Breathing & Wicking:

Hemp center cavity is bigger, takes approximately 1/2-1/3 of the cross section area, and along the fiber of there are many crevasses and holes across to the center activity, therefore the hemp has a great performance on moisture absorption
and ventilation.
Like the hemp canvas, the moisture absorption rate of it is 7.43mg/min high, and the moisture dissipation rate, 12.6mg/min.
Hemp fiber has a porous nature allowing it to breath, therefore it keeps you cool in the summer, and in the winter it traps air into the fiber keeping you warm.

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Hemp all the way. Colorado has hemp farms being licensed by the state. There will be some exciting things happening with hemp in the near future.

My experiences: hemp keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Its durability can't be matched by cotton.
great info, but where can I get some to print on?
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