Factoid #3 – Canvas from Cannabis
For thousands of years, most all ship sails (and ropes) were made entirely of hemp canvas. In fact, the word ‘canvas’ is derived from the 13th Century Anglo-French word canevaz/canvass. This is thought to have come from the Latin root ‘cannapaceous‘ translated as, “made of hemp.” An even older version of cannabis is found in Greek text originating as ‘κάνναβις’ (cannabis).
Hemp canvas, as well as hemp oil paint, was predominantly the supplies of choice for artists like Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Their self-portraits were even done specifically on hemp canvas due to the durability and vibrant longevity of hemp fiber. Hemp canvas and cloth is very strong and has the ability to withstand mold, mildew and rot better than any other fiber. However today, due to industrial hemp being misclassified as an illegal narcotic (just because the leaves look the same) on the CSA Schedule I list alongside Heroin and LSD, most canvas today is now made of cotton. Industrial hemp does not contain the Psychoactive THC chemical levels found in marijuana. Contact your congressman/woman or Senator to remove and segregate industrial hemp away from recreational marijuana.