National Hemp Day, February 4

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Cannabis sativa drawingToday, February 4, is National Hemp Day. If you go online and search “hemp history”, you will see what great industrial importance this crop has had historically in the U.S. and throughout the world for fiber, rope, canvas, and other purposes.

PBS News Hour posted “8 Things you didn’t know about hemp” a few years ago.

UC Davis is pursuing the many scientific, agricultural, and medicinal uses of hemp and cannabis. UC Davis has a Cannabis and Hemp Research Center (Professor Li Tian in the Plant Sciences department is one of the co-directors), and the Department of Plant Sciences has a Cannabis and Hemp website.

While researchers at UC Davis and elsewhere pursue the scientific importance of hemp and cannabis, you can take delight in knowing that in the 1600s, newcomers to North America were required by King James I to grow hemp for export.

Plant Sciences Related Links:

  • Plant Sciences website: UC Davis Cannabis and Hemp – Plants to Products Research.
  • UC Davis Completes New Hemp Breeding and Seed Production Course. November 2019.
  • University of California Hemp Research Already Yielding Results. October 2019.
  • Cannabis and Hemp: Academia Town Hall Panel. October 2019.
  • UC Davis partners with DEA-approved company to conduct cannabis research. August 2019.
  • Hemp as a California Crop: UC Davis partners in research agreement. March 2019
  • Cannabis sativa: The Plant and its Impact on People – New Graduate Course at UC Davis. September 2018.

(Article by Ann Filmer, UC Davis Plant Sciences, February 4, 2020.)

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