Did hemp help end the Second World War?

2022-03-02 10:40:26 Inga

During World War II, for a very short time, Cannabis Indica stopped being illegal. When supplies of raw materials for the construction of war equipment were reduced, the US government introduced a program to encourage farmers to grow cannabis. Plants were to be used to create the necessary materials.

On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Two days later, France and Great Britain declared war on Germany. This is how World War II began. When the Asian raw material supply chain was disrupted, America had limited supplies of materials for the production of war equipment. The US authorities created a special program to encourage farmers to grow hemp for warfare because there was a shortage of other industrial fibers imported from abroad. And so, thanks to the actions of American farmers, it was possible to create a sufficient amount of equipment with the addition of cannabis, which supported the actions of the Allied forces in the fight against the Nazis and the end of hostilities.

Type of permit people had to obtain during World War II to legally grow cannabis, source:


In 1942, there was even a black and white film by the US government encouraging farmers to grow their Hemp for Victory hemp as much as possible. Under this program, one million acres of cannabis were grown in the Midwest. Immediately after the end of the war, all cannabis plants were closed and the industry disappeared again.

The plot of the film was mainly based on explaining the use of cannabis. It presented techniques for planting, harvesting and tying straw, as well as information about equipment and tips for tying a rope. The video shows the history of hemp and hemp products, how hemp is grown and how it is processed into ropes, fabrics, ropes and other products. At that time, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was temporarily abolished to enable, inter alia, the production of hemp fibers needed for the ropes of US ships, parachute tapes or thread for shoes. Before 1989, the film was relatively unknown.

The US government has denied ever making such a film. The US Department of Agriculture Library and Library of Congress reported to the media that such a film was never produced by the USDA or any branch of the US government. Fortunately, the government failed to remove all traces of the cannabis film. Unfortunately, after the war, that is, probably after about 3 years (the raw materials began to run out in 1942), hemp was illegal again.

Hemp is not only extremely durable, it has longer and stronger fibers than cotton, and it is also more permeable and resistant to mould. This plant can be grown in a variety of soils and does not require a lot of pesticides.

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