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ROOM GUIDE
1.  WELCOME 7. 13.
2.  FEEDSTOCKS 8. 14.
3.  HEMPSEED OIL PRODUCTS 9. 15.
4. OTHER HEMP FEEDSTOCKS 10. 16.
5. 11. 17.
6. 12. 18.
1.  WELCOME TO THE HEMP CHEMICAL FEEDSTOCKS ROOM. 

Hemp is a carbohydrate, hemp is wood,  hemp is a renewable, sustainable resource that can help get the world off of the fossil fuel  train that is heading off the steep cliff of disaster.  None of the arguments for a new and better resource, justifies neglecting efforts to cut down on resource consumption.   We need to recycle virtually everything possible, including greenhouse gasses.  We can do this by using hemp.

 

2.  HEMP FEEDSTOCKS 

Hemp is wood, and wood makes paper.  Wood also makes wood alcohol or methanol by dry distillation or pyrolysis.   "Pyrolysis has been used since the dawn of civilization.  Ancient Egyptians practiced  wood distillation by collecting the tars and pyroligneous acid for use in their embalming industry." (From Energy Farming in America, by Lynn Osburn).

 

Hemp is wood.  These sun-bleached sticks are called hemp hurds, which U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Bulletin 404, 1918, says makes fine paper, fine enough for book stock.  And wood for wood alcohol, wood for plastics, and wood to burn for energy. 
Methanol is used to produce formaldehyde (from which resins and plastics can be made), methyl-ter-butyl ether (MTB, a replacement for lead as an octane-booster in gasoline), vinyl acetate (largely used in paint manufacture), and gasoline.  When pure, methanol is a colorless, flammable liquid with a pleasant odor, and is highly poisonous.

Ethanol which can also be produced from hemp, is used as a raw material in the manufacture of ether, chloral, and iodoform.  It can also be added to gasoline, where it improves the performance of the engine, or be used as a  fuel in its own right.  Crops such as sugar cane may also be grown to provide ethanol (by fermentation) for this purpose.

 

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3. HEMPSEED OIL PRODUCTS

During the Congressional hearings on the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, Ralph Loziers of the National Oil Seed Institute, representing paint manufacturers and high quality machine lubrication processors, showed up to disagree with the Act.   He testified:    "In the past 3 years there have been 193,000,000 pounds of hemp seed imported into this country, or an average of 64,000,000 pounds a year..."  What is the oil used for, he was asked.   "It is a drying oil, and its use is comparable to that of linseed oil or a perilla oil. It has a high iodine principle or strength. It is a rapidly drying oil to use in paints. It is also used in soap and in linoleum."(p.61.)

 

Hempseeds from China.
The hempseeds are pressed for oil, and contain about 30% oil by weight.  
This advertising campaign for Alterna Company landed them in hot water with the plant haters of America.
The Body Shop had there own campaign and was not slowed in their Great Smear Campaign.
 

We wish we could use some of this oil to grease the wheels of justice to legalize the plant for America's farmers.

 

 

 

Some of the hempseed oil products in the Museum collection.  Lip balm, soaps, salve, shampoos, shoe cream, massage oil, crayons.
Hemp oil lip balm.
Hempseed oil candles and wicks.
Some products are hard to figure out the ingredients.

4.  OTHER HEMP FEEDSTOCKS

The Curator made this glue out of the liquid from the boiling pulp, which was boiled down until it was a thick boiling brown mass.  The glue was water soluble, and seemed to absorb moisture from the air.  When dry no one could pull the two boards apart with their hands. 

 

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