Famous Americans like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. As a matter of fact, there was a time when people in the US were forced to grow the plant. After World War II, though, hemp was made illegal. That was because it is the same plant that is used to produce the drug marijuana. Today, that substance is still banned in most places in the US. This is a shame because people are finding new uses for hemp every day.
Hemp has long been known as a great fiber for clothing and paper, but it has only recently been used to construct houses. Hempcrete is a sustainable building material made from a mixture of hemp, water, and lime. It can be used as insulation and on roofs, walls, and floors. Just like regular wood, hempboard can be made into counter tops, shelves, and walls. Hemp's uses are endless, but it will still take time for people to realize that it is not a drug. Even so, it is good to know that people are still trying to come up with new ways to use hemp.