The 2018 Farm Bill has changed hemp history. It’s projected that by 2025, the industrial hemp market will be worth over $26 million. Needless to say, there’s never been a better time to learn about hemp and everything the plant entails…which just so happens to be a lot.
The National Advisory in Hemp and CBD (NAIHC) contends that there are over 25,000 products that can be made from hemp! Did you know that hemp was once such an integral part of American society it was considered illegal not to grow it? Hemp was only made illegal because of its relation to marijuana; the new Farm Bill has reversed that decision and will allow Hemp to re-enter the market, stronger than ever before.
What better way to learn about the wildly popular plant than by expanding your knowledge with a good book?
There are quite a few hemp books to choose from that offer a world of information about the multi-purpose plant. Following are 5 of the best hemp books out there, each offering a different understanding of the plant that some say could just save the world.
Top 5 Books for Anyone Interested in Hemp
Written by Jack Herer over the period of twelve years beginning in 1973, The Emperor Wears No Clothes has gained somewhat of a cult following. Perhaps the most famous book on hemp ever written, it’s one that helped jumpstart the hemp movement in the 1980s after it was published in 1985.
The timing of The Emperor Wears No Clothes first release coincided with the Reagan “Just Say No” era when hemp was shrouded in myth by the American public and deemed a dangerous plant that produced psychoactive marijuana. Needless to say, this is one of the most groundbreaking hemp books ever written, one that exposed the truth and offered an alternative approach to decades of skewed stereotypes.
A Quick Synopsis
In The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Herer takes an in-depth look at countless thought-provoking facts and interesting conspiracies surrounding hemp. Discover why hemp was initially prohibited, as well as why it continued to remain illegal for almost an entire century.
Over the years, the book has been continually updated not only to provide an accurate history of hemp but has also aimed to help readers better understand the war on the plant. You’ll discover detailed information on the petrochemical industry’s strategy to prohibit hemp as a renewable resource for energy, textiles, food, fuel and medicine. Illustrations, photos and charts are included throughout the book that back up the claims Herer writes so passionately about.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes is recommended to anyone interested in learning more about hemp in an intellectually stimulating, eye pleasing, easy-to-read format that also happens to be the best-selling book about hemp of all time.
If you’re looking for a simply, yet thoroughly informative book on all things hemp, The Great Book of Hemp is one to add to your cart. As one of the highest-rated hemp books available, readers are introduced right away to the idea that “hemp is happening.” While written in 1996, there couldn’t be more truth to the statement that opens this captivating account of hemp.
What will readers learn about hemp in The Great Book of Hemp? Pretty much everything there is to know is laid out in just over a couple hundred pages. Pick up this best-seller and you’ll find author Rowan Robinson speaking directly to you with a personable writing style that flows easily through each and every page.
Interested in a better understanding of how hemp can be used as a renewable resource? You’ll find tons of information about the environmental benefits of hemp. Maybe you’re more interested in the health side of hemp. You’ll find 30+ pages on hemp health alone. The Great Book of Hemp also tackles the spiritual side of hemp, as well as a detailed history of the plant and much, much more.
While some consider it a bit outdated, The Great Book of Hemp still contains countless facts about the plant in an easy-to-read way.
We love author Doug Fine’s approach to the many ways hemp might be used in America’s legal hemp future. In Hemp Unbound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, readers are taken on a fascinating journey throughout the US that begins in Denver, Colorado in a hemp-powered limousine.
As one of the best-selling hemp books available, you’ll find a hilarious, entertaining approach to the plant that is suspected to soon start the agricultural revolution Doug Fine is obviously so passionate about.
As a quick read of just over 100 pages, you’ll likely find Fine’s comic writing style keeps you turning the pages while you learn more about the industrial and agricultural developments that are happening on an increasingly wider scale nationwide.
Although Fine is convinced that “this one plant, properly utilized, can help form the backbone of climate stabilization regimen while revitalizing the US (and worldwide) small-farm economy,” he mentions he’s a seasoned journalist that doesn’t want to come across as one of those “hemp can do anything including getting rid of ring around the collar people.” We love his approach to keeping hemp talk real and truly believe this is one of the better hemp books we’ve read in a while.
Looking to build but reduce your carbon footprint? The Hempcrete Book: Designing and Building with Hemp Lime is a book you’re going to want to pick up. Described as a “book about ‘natural building’,” readers are introduced to some of the key topics and concepts about building with hempcrete.
Not only will you find a brief history of hemp and its many uses, but also how hemp can easily be used in construction projects as an environmentally friendly option to materials that employ the use of fossil fuels. You’ll learn about sustainable building, with detailed instructions on getting started with some of the basics.
Whether you’re a self-builder or a professional contractor, you’ll learn how to source and make hempcrete and other hemp-lime composites, as well as how to use them in restorations, remodels, and new building construction.
The wealth of information offered in The Hempcrete Book is organized excellently, expansively illustrated and can help turn your eco-friendly building ideas into concrete hemp reality.
Author Rowan Robinson has done it again with The Hemp Manifesto. If you found the Great Book of Hemp wasn’t exactly the information you were looking for, you’re likely to find it in Rowan’s second book, which takes a different approach by offering 101 real-life uses of hemp.
This pocket-size book is one that can be read cover-to-cover or opened randomly for quick tidbits about the many uses of hemp. The book is full of great ideas about how hemp can be used in a variety of different settings, with short concise text “designed to fit into the back pocket of a pair of hemp jeans.”
Find out why hemp is a “win-win situation,” the “budding prospects” of hemp and 99 other reasons the hemp revolution is here to stay. You’ll also learn plenty of interesting hemp facts. Did you know, for example, that the US Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper? The Hemp Manifesto offers a look into the positive ways hemp can impact society, which is perfect seeing as the plant is legal once again.
Hemp Books to Help Increase Your Understanding of America’s Most Popular Plant
With the wild popularity of CBD, interest in hemp is resurging. Now that the 2018 Farm Bill has changed the hemp industry, there’s never been a better time to increase your understanding of hemp. Sure, there’s plenty of information on the internet, but there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a good book.
These five books about hemp are the most popular currently on the market, and we hope you find as much pleasure reading them as we have. Have you read any of these hemp books we’ve included on this list? Maybe you’ve read one we missed? We’d love to hear about any hemp-related books you’ve discovered in the comments below! And of course, if you have any questions and would like to talk to our customer service team, contact us today!
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Todd Smith is Joy Organics Chief Partnerships Officer and Co-founder. Before Joy Organics, he worked in the wellness and nutritional industry for over three decades and helped generate over 1 billion dollars in supplement sales. He has applied that knowledge and experience to empower over 1000 businesses through Joy Organics’ partnership programs. Todd is also the author of a book, podcast, and blog titled Little Things Matter.