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as posted by intrigue
Okay, I see threads here saying "The absolute answer" "Another source of fuel"..
You DO REALIZE that oil is not just used as a fuel right? Oil has been a part of every major invention for the last 200 years, weather it be transportation, production, maintenance, use, or raw materials, oil is used everywhere. Oil lubricates the machines that pump our water, oil lubricates and fuels that millions of trucks that ship our food and goods accross the country, oil does everything in our economy.
Oil provides over 90% of our transportation fuel.
If that was all that the oil from the hemp seed could be used for, it would be valuable in itself for these properties alone. However, HSO has many industrial uses. It has been used for centuries in inks and dyes. It makes quality lubricants and extremely tough polymers, sealants, and plastics, (As the Cannabis plant offers up approx. 67% cellulose from which plastic can be made), all from a rapidly grown renewable resource. The Linolenic acid based oil that Hemp contains is a perfect base for paints that would otherwise use Linseed oil as their base. Combine this with the strong fibres of the stalk, the Hemp plant is one of the most versatile, useful plants known to man.
In the mid 1930's, Henry Ford set about and created a car entirely out of hemp and other renewable carbohydrate-based resources. Its body was so tough you could hit it with a sledge hammer with little damage; It was lubricated with Hemp oil and fuelled by Hemp biomass.