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Colonial Williamsburg Journal

Title Hemp & Flax in Colonial America
Issue Volume 37 Number 01, (CWJ, Winter 2015)
Description Hemp, the high-growing variety of the cannabis plant produces exceptionally strong and durable fibers, and was a significant cash crop for 18th century VA and MD farmers. Hemp fibers were preferred for cordage, particularly for naval vessels, rather than for clothing as were flax fibers. No evidence suggests that colonial Americans were using hemp for recreational intoxication. Cultivation and processing of hemp is illustrated by CWF interpreters in the article.
Author Swenson, Ben
Pages 26-33
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