Hemp History Week runs from June 3 through June 9, 2019. It is a week to advocate, educate and celebrate this historic plant. Events celebrating hemp and its history are scheduled across the country. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the tens of thousands of ways that the hemp plant can be used as well as how hemp’s versatility was discovered.
Hemp History Week – Starting with Hemp’s Early Uses
It’s said that hemp has been grown in the U.S. since the early 1600s. It’s thought that settlers from Europe helped develop this plant into a staple crop. Several of our founding fathers – George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, all grew hemp.
Hemp was a thriving crop until it became categorized with marijuana in the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act. Farmers had to register their hemp crops with the federal government. They also had to buy a very expensive tax stamp in order to grow it.
Hemp History Week – Hemp and WWII
In war times, the United States needed textiles and materials for the military and its residents. It was realized that hemp was a necessary crop. During Hemp History Week it is important to remember that hemp does serve a vital purpose – well, tens of thousands of vital purposes.
During World War II, the USDA made a video called Hemp for Victory. This attempt to educate farmers and entice more to grow hemp resulted in over 150,000 acres of hemp being cultivated. Parts of the hemp plant were usable to make rope, ship masts, canvas and several other materials that couldn’t be sourced in another way at the time.
The 2018 Farm Bill Revitalizes the Hemp Industry
When the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, it removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and deemed hemp an agricultural crop again. This also allows states to determine their own regulations for hemp production and processing in their state. The legality of CBD still sits in a gray area.
As states start to enact hemp policies, hemp farming can begin. Several states already had hemp pilot programs under the 2014 Farm Bill. These states are continuing their programs and creating new regulatory framework to allow more hemp production to take place. This will bring more hemp fiber, hurd, cellulose, seeds and oil to the market from U.S. sources and will also help the cost of hemp products to decrease as supply increases. Currently, most of the hemp products available in the U.S. are imported.
Hemp History Week Celebration Events across the Country
There are events celebrating the history of hemp across the country the weekend of June 7-9. Hopefully one of the events on the list below is near you.
Events on June 7
These events are taking place on June 7. You can learn more about this weekend’s Hemp History Week events on the Hemp History Week Facebook page.
Hemp at the Waveland Mansion in Lexington, Kentucky at the Waveland State Historical Site. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. The event features CBD yoga, a meditation class and a discussion about hemp and its history. Attendees can also take a peek at where the next plot of hemp is growing.
Talk CBD to Me is taking place in New Albany, Indiana at Seeds and Greens Natural Market and Deli. This event starts at 1:00 P.M. This is a short event with a 20 minute discussion about hemp. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and sample CBD products.
The Kentucky Hemp Days Dinner takes place on June 7 at the Ashford Acres Inn in Cynthiana, Kentucky. The dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. All courses of the dinner will be infused with hemp. Tickets must be obtained to attend this dinner that focuses on Kentucky’s flourishing hemp industry.
June 8 Events
On June 8, more events are taking place in just about every region in the U.S.
At MiH Farm in Middlesex, North Carolina the Hemp History Week Open House kicks off at 9:00 a.m. There will be live music, wine tasting, samples of hemp products and live entertainment. It’s a day full of fun.
At Seeds and Greens Natural Market and Deli in New Albany, Indiana, Understanding CBD will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. This is a beginner’s class to help you learn more about CBD and how it works in the body. You’ll also learn about proper CBD dosing. The class is free. There is room for 25 attendees.
The Midwest Hemp Health & Science Expo is being held at Pheasant Run Resort in Saint Charles, Illinois on June 8. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude at 3:00 p.m. This is the event’s second year and will feature several dozen vendors. There will also be a hempcrete workshop, live cooking demos to learn how to cook with hemp and a CBD and wellness panel.
In Virginia Beach a day of events begins at noon on June 8 at Utopia Feni and wraps up at 5:00 p.m. This special event is free to the public. There will be CBD-infused coffee and other beverages, vegan food, other hemp-infused food, information, music and even some cool prizes.
In Fort Pierce, Florida, a weekend of fun and education about hemp can be had at Lionfish Safari. On June 8, those interested are invited to attend from noon until 7:00 p.m. and more fun can be had on June 9 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. This event features product displays, crafts and other activities celebrating the hemp plant.
Other June 8 Events:
- Hemp History Week Party at the Fox & Hound in Richardson, Texas
- Hemp History Celebration at Health Plus Natural Foods Ltd in Sandusky, Ohio
- Local Hemp Chattanooga Celebrates Hemp History Week in Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Flow Out of Hemp History Week at OH Zone in Lakewood, Colorado
- Hemp Hour with The Communicators in Chattanooga, Tennessee
June 9 Closes Out Hemp History Week
Hemp History Week closes on June 9 and will end a week of celebrating this versatile, sustainable and earth-friendly plant.
If you’re in the Decatur, Georgia area, take time to enjoy learning about hemp and have fun on hemp hay rides at Hemp Out the Toxins from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
The 10th Annual Hemp History Week is a week full of fun, events, education and tasting different ways that CBD can be used in food applications. Other hemp food products is available at some of these events. Although hemp has had a roller coaster of a journey to legality again, it has the potential to change the way the world thinks about this plant. Hemp has about 25,000 known uses already but in a legal industry, hundreds of additional uses could be invented and/or discovered.