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Did George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grow marijuana?

bob 2012/05/29 14:24:44
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did grow marijuana
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did not grow marijuana
Both Jefferson and Washington traded seeds and plants with other farmers on a regular basis. Jefferson wrote of receiving hemp seedlings from someone in Missouri, and it would have been only neighborly to send some Virginia seedlings back
Washington and Jefferson weren't merely marijuana farmers, they were marijuana dealers.
In his diary for August 7, 1765, Washington writes, "Began to separate the Male from the Female hemp
No great social stigma was attached to smoking pot in the late 1700s and early 1800s — pot use wasn't considered a problem until the early 1900s.
marijuana is as American as Apple pie....
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  • Nomad58 2012/05/31 23:47:24 (edited)
    In his diary for August 7, 1765, Washington writes, "Began to separate the Ma...
    Nomad58
    Just are confusing what we commonly refer to as marijuana (Cannabis sativa indica) with hemp (Cannabis sativa sativa). Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants known. Humankind's oldest cloth woven of hemp and hemp-limestone composites have been found in ancient Roman architecture. Hemp contain only low-grade tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) averaging 0.3% THC.



    Marijuana on the other hand generally has poor fiber quality and is primarily used for recreational and medicinal purposes and can contain THC up to 20%.



    There is no evidence that George Washington or Thomas Jefferson grew marijuana as a commercial corp. Hemp and tobacco were much more profitable crops. However, some farmers may have keep a bit of land for their own purposes as well as the physicians of the times.
  • Bronar 2012/05/30 17:19:01
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    Bronar
    +1
    But it was hemp, raised for rope making (if I am correct) not a good buzz.
  • Aahz_OneAndOnly 2012/05/30 06:51:38
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did grow marijuana
    Aahz_OneAndOnly
    +1
    “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
    - George Washington, U.S. President quote on Hemp
  • ACE 2012/05/30 01:28:52
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did grow marijuana
    ACE
    +1
    of course they did, it was needed for rope for the navy.
  • Louis Shipman 2012/05/29 23:43:18
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did grow marijuana
    Louis Shipman
    Yes they did but not for smoking. Hemp was used for many products back then such as rope.
  • FPSRules 2012/05/29 23:42:13
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    Hemp was and is used for many applications; clothing being just one use.
    Whether or not these forefathers smoked it as well is irrelevant and unknown.
  • wolfcall 2012/05/29 23:14:23
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    wolfcall
    i dont know and really dont care
  • CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/29 18:16:51
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    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    They grew hemp and it wasn't smoked.
  • bob CMackle... 2012/05/30 14:22:07 (edited)
    bob
    you've got proof???????
  • CMackle... bob 2012/05/30 17:59:14
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    The burden of proof is on you to prove they did. There is zero historical evidence that they smoked hemp.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/05/29 16:20:51 (edited)
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did grow marijuana
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    Hemp was Grown for thousands of years until the early 20th Century
    Hemp was for clothes and sails and writting materials
  • Nomad58 ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/05/31 23:59:50
    Nomad58
    Do you even think before posting? Do you just buy into any myth out there without checking?

    The Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are all written on parchment, not hemp paper. Parchment is treated animal skin, typically sheepskin.
    http://www.usconstitution.net...
  • none 2012/05/29 16:12:43
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did grow marijuana
    none
    +1
    It was common then because sailing ships used hemp for their lines.
  • apachehellfire65 2012/05/29 15:18:49
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did grow marijuana
    apachehellfire65
    +1
    at least it is said that hemp was a common crop of the time.
  • bags the Indigenous Guru 2012/05/29 15:14:56
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did grow marijuana
    bags the Indigenous Guru
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    Hemp was the preferred source for rope making material. It was also used as an herbal simple. The original Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Their own records speak of planting and exchanging seedlings. Jefferson invented a hemp brake to facilitate the separation of fibers. His slaves wore hemp clothing.
  • i00wattz 2012/05/29 15:13:34
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    i00wattz
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    perhaps that's why George chopped down the cherry tree; to make room for the hemp.
  • wtxwoman 2012/05/29 15:09:10
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    wtxwoman
    They were hemp growers, but I don't think it is the same strain of marijuana that you smoke. Hemp was grown for rope, cloth and oil. It was replaced by nylon rope after the discovery of oil. Nylon is made of a byproduct of oil production. That is how we got most of our petroleum based products.
  • MandaLynne 2012/05/29 15:03:07 (edited)
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did not grow marijuana
    MandaLynne
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    They grew hemp. The THC in hemp is so nominal you would probably have to smoke a bale to catch a buzz.


    http://www.hemp.com/what-is-h...
    Hemp is a variety of cannabis that is grown for the fiber and seeds. The fiber and seeds are incredible valuable and is why hemp is often called a “cash crop”. Hemp is a very hearty plant and grows very quickly in very diverse soil conditions. Cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes has been done by many civilizations for over 12,000 years. Industrial hemp was the desired fiber used to manufacture rope, canvas, paper, and clothing until alternative textiles and synthetics for these purposes were discovered.
  • FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX 2012/05/29 14:55:17
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    FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX
    +2
    Time Index 4:58

  • Joe61 2012/05/29 14:48:33
    No great social stigma was attached to smoking pot in the late 1700s and earl...
    Joe61
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    Is that now Obama's private stash....
  • ray 2012/05/29 14:44:14
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    ray
    +1
    yes , they grew hemp , it was a vital resource for making Rope , Oakum , Sacks and paper.
    Smoking it to get high , was only for the basest members of society . Comparable to drinking hair tonic or vanilla extract for alcohol in today's terms.
  • ray ray 2012/05/29 14:47:05
    ray
    The Hemp Plant
    The hemp plant is harvested for its fibers, seed, seed meal and seed oil.
    Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. Due to the similar leaf shape, hemp is frequently confused with marijuana. Although both plants are from the species cannabis, hemp contains virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana.
    Hemp cannot be used as a drug because it produces virtually no THC
    (less than 1%), where marijuana produces between 5 - 20 % THC.
    http://naihc.org/hemp_informa...
  • Cuppajo 2012/05/29 14:35:37
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did not grow marijuana
    Cuppajo
    +1
    As you stoners love to point out, "hemp is not the same as pot".
    And they used it for making rope, not smoking, bob.
  • bob Cuppajo 2012/05/29 14:39:13
    bob
    Hemp is the same as marijuana!
  • Cuppajo bob 2012/05/29 14:42:07
    Cuppajo
    +1
    So go smoke a rope and stfu.
  • ray bob 2012/05/29 15:00:43
    ray
    +1
    not so ,
    There are over 400 different varieties of hemp recorded by the Vavilov Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, that are used for the production of both fiber and seed.
    (innvista.com )
    there is only a single species used by the dopers .(Marijuana ) The Industrial hemp plants are useless for getting high
  • Captain Hindsight 2012/05/29 14:30:27 (edited)
    marijuana is as American as Apple pie....
    Captain Hindsight
    +1
    I imagine some might have experimented with this low grade marijuana but you would have to be in a burning house made of the stuff to get high from it according to experts.

    They really should allow hemp growing for rope and fabric. With modern manufacturing methods, it might be an excellent crop.

    experts hemp growing rope fabric modern manufacturing methods excellent crop

    There is some evidence that they may have tried it out as a drug but overall it is pretty slim.

    In his diary for August 7, 1765, Washington writes, "Began to separate the Male from the Female hemp … rather too late." Female marijuana plants are the ones that contain enough THC to be worth smoking. Some take this to mean Washington was cultivating the plant not just for fiber. Of course, two days later Washington says he put the hemp in the river to soak and separate out the fibers, and later in September that he started to harvest the seed. That suggests he divided the plants because the males made stronger fiber while the female plants produced the seed needed for the next year's crop.
  • Leo 2012/05/29 14:29:08
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    Leo
    +2
    Obviously I have no idea but I wouldn't doubt it. People in those days were less hysterical about it.
  • Jack's Pearl 2012/05/29 14:25:57
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    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    Who really cares in the grand scheme of things? No me personally.
  • Reichstolz 2012/05/29 14:25:44
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did not grow marijuana
    Reichstolz
    +2
    they grew hemp from the accounts I have read.
  • bob Reichstolz 2012/05/29 14:28:03
    bob
    +1
    hemp and marijuana is the same thing
  • Reichstolz bob 2012/05/29 14:31:25 (edited)
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    +2
    No where near the same thing there is very little THC in Hemp varieties, they are great fibrous plants, but little value to the pot head.
    "Due to the way hemp is grown and its separation from marijuana, hemp has a much lower THC content. Usually hemp's' THC content is about 0.01-0.03%. This makes it worthless for getting high. It has been estimated by some researchers of hemp that it would take an acre of hemp to get high. In one acre of hemp there is about 10-20 tons of plant material grown. If one attempted to smoke this much and didn't quickly give up, they would die of carbon monoxide poisoning."

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