The Emperor Wears No Clothes is a timeless non-fictional book about the versatile plant Cannabis sativa that every marijuana proponent should be informed about. The author, Jack Herer, presents a historical, social, and economic view of hemp based on twelve years of research. Sixty consistent years of government deception and suppression of the truth, topics ignored by most media, are revealed in this enraging book about marijuana prohibition.
This book, whose title makes an analogy to the classic children’s tale The Emperor’s New Clothes, surprises, enlightens, shocks, angers, and initiates activism as it informs about one of nature’s most utilitarian plants. It covers general facts about Cannabis sativa, history of it’s use, the effects of smoking the plants flower buds, the many other uses for the plants other parts, the corruption of the U.S. government and of the wealthy and powerful corporations to whom Cannabis sativa is business competition, the “War on Drugs”, the ignorance of our constitutional rights, and suggestions on how we can protect them.
Hemp is a dioecious, woody, herbaceous annual. Each short growing season it reaches heights of twelve to twenty feet, and grows well in any climate or soil condition. Its roots penetrate deep (one foot per month), breaking up compacted and overworked soil, and combating soil erosion. Since it grows so quickly, it could be a year round crop, harvested twice a year, or it could be planted as a second crop, after harvest of a different one. Hemp is also resistant to UV radiation damage, a current threat to 30-50% of soya production. In fact, hemp actually flourishes in the presence of high UV radiation since Packwoods preroll it protects itself by creating more cannabiniods. This willing plant is able to provide many basic needs of humans anywhere on the planet: food, medicine, treeless shelter and paper, clothing and other textiles, and a renewable fuel alternative to those presently creating acid rain, global warming, and deforestation.
One acre of hemp provides the same amount of cellulose and fiber pulp, used to make paper products and pressed or particleboard, as four acres of trees, while producing four to seven times less pollution. More than anything else, the U.S. imports textiles. Hemp is softer, warmer, stronger and more absorbent than cotton, and it doesn’t require the agricultural chemicals that cotton does. Loggers and truck drivers would still have jobs, reforestation could occur; and rivers could recover from wood and paper chemicals.
Nutrition wise, hemp seed is the highest in essential fatty acids and the lowest in saturated fats. It can be made into a tofu-like curd at a cheaper cost than can soya, sprouted to make milk and ice cream or for use in salad, ground and used like flour, or pressed into an oil, whose by-product is a high protein animal feed.
Hemp as fuel for industrial use, electricity, and transportation -each acre is capable of yielding 1,000 gallons of methanol; that’s ten tons per acre every four months. It’s an annually renewable fuel source, that can be grown for this purpose at the cost of only thirty dollars a ton, Hemp for biomass could be a trillion dollar a year industry, while also improving air quality, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and bringing millions of jobs in energy production, distributing wealth to rural areas and away from the monopolies.
The hurds (pulp left over after fiber is removed) are 77% cellulose (that’s 50-100 times the cellulose found in sugarcane or corn stalks) that could be used to produce chemicals, biodegradable plastics, paint, dynamite, and fibers.
Around the same time as pottery making, people began weaving hemp; it’s the earliest known woven fabric (8,000-7,000 B.C.). Based on evidence using the Bushmen of Africa, Scientist-Philosopher Carl Sagan suggested that hemp may have been the first cultivated plant dating back to hunter-gatherer time. By 1,000 years B.C. hemp was believed to be our planets largest agricultural crop. Between the years of 1763 and 1767, during a cannabis shortage in America, you could be jailed for not growing it. Our forefathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin grew it. It’s even been speculated by historians that the ‘War of 1812’ was about hemp! According to the 1850 U.S. Census they counted 8,327 hemp plantations, each over 2,000 acres large – this doesn’t count family patches or small farms. Until 1883 75-90% of all paper in the world was made of hemp fibers, and until 1937, 70-
90% of all rope was hemp. For thousands of years almost all paints and varnishes were made of hempseed and linseed oils (in 1935 alone, in the U.S., 58,000 tons of hempseed were used for this purpose). In the early 1900’s the U.S. Department of Agriculture foresaw the huge potential that marijuana had to be the planets largest industry, claiming that once a machine was invented that could harvest, strip, and separate the fiber from the pulp that hemp would be the U.S.’s number one crop. In 1916, the U.S. government was advising and offering American farmers incentives to grow marijuana for plastic, paper, fiber, and energy needs. In 1917, GW Schlicten realized this mechanic vision the USDA had been waiting for; he called it a ‘decorticator’. Both Popular Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering magazines wrote articles foreseeing hemp as being the ”new billion dollar crop” (It’s estimated that today, in the U.S., the hemp industry could be raking in five hundred billion to one trillion dollars annually). In 1942 the U.S. Department of Agriculture even put out a war movie titled “Hemp For Victory”, urging farmers to grow it.