Much has been written about industrial hemp. We have assembled a small sampling of hemp book when we feel are the more helpful to a new person learning about this plant and is many used.
Hemp Bound by Doug Fine – This bestselling author embarks on a humorous yet rigorous journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching, and pioneering hemp’s applications for the twenty-first century. From Denver, where Fine hitches a ride in a hemp-powered limo; to Asheville, North Carolina, where carbon-negative hempcrete-insulated houses are sparking a mini housing boom; to Manitoba where he raps his knuckles on the hood of a hemp tractor; and finally to the fields of east Colorado, where practical farmers are looking toward hemp to restore their agricultural economy—Fine learns how eminently possible it is for this misunderstood plant to help us end dependence on fossil fuels, heal farm soils damaged after a century of growing monocultures, and bring even more taxable revenue into the economy than its smokable relative.
Advances in Hemp Research by Paolo Ranalli – This is the modern compilation for all your hemp questions, with the answers coming from years of hemp research done in Europe. If you don’t have a degree in agronomy or a heavy background in agriculture and terminology then this book may be a bit of a hard read, but it does cover all of the information that is needed to piece together the results of dozens of years of hemp farming in Europe.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer – “The Emperor” is the most important book ever published about hemp. From its original printing in 1985 to, say 1995, the comprehension level of the magnitude of government perfidy rose exponentially among those of us who were already actively opposed to cannabis prohibition laws.
The Great American Hemp Industry by Jack Frazier – In the chapter, “Hemp Discovers America,” Frazier proves that hemp was growing in North and South America long before Europeans brought their seed. Using only first-hand sources (explorers of the 16th and 17th century) Frazier assembles a body of evidence to that effect. Frazier explores the idea that the ancient Phoenicians traded with native North Americas. How else could one explain the Roman and Hebrew coins found in Kentucky? Frazier writes with great clarity of thought, expanding beyond the hemp plant itself into ancient cultures.
Hemp: Lifeline to the Future by Chris Conrad – Conrad’s book is the best-sourced and most reliable hemp text available today. I used it as the foundation for my article, “Get the Facts”, in this issue of Hemphasis. The footnotes are located at the bottom of each page, saving a researcher a considerable amount of time. While I’ve discovered errors, Conrad can be forgiven them in a book covering a topic on which the government deliberately hides the truth.
Hemp Horizons by John Roulac – Roulac provides hope for tomorrow as he covers every aspect of industrial hemp farming and what it could mean to the world economy, the environment, the farmer, and everyday life. Roulac diagrams all six parts of the hemp plant (seed, leaf, root, long bast fiber, medium bast fiber, and hurd), showing what each part could mean to modern industry, disputing misinformation while providing a good history of hemp, including ancient hemp uses, the Dupont, Anslinger, Hearst, and Mellon Hemp/Reefer Madness conspiracy of 1937, and the modern comeback of hemp, and modern farming techniques.
Industrial Hemp: Practical Products – Paper to Fabric to Cosmetics by John Roulac – If you want to learn a lot about hemp from a reliable source, but you don’t have a lot of time to read, this is the book for you. Printed on hemp paper, Industrial Hemp offers the hemp history of China and Europe up to modern times, including the importance of the decorticator machine, and how hemp led to victory in WWII. Hemptech shows how valuable hemp is as a renewable resource, as a fiber. Much is covered in a short space; from green farming, to the superiority of hemp over cotton, to what possibilities exist, and how to change your own life.
A Modern Introduction to Hemp – From Food to Fiber: Past, Present, and Future by Paul Benhaim – This book will definitely increase your desire to eat hemp foods. After reading A Modern Introduction to Hemp, I realized that I have been poisoning myself with hydrocarbonated food. I realized that it all starts with food. If we change the way we eat, we will positively change the world and our bodies.