One of the first known accounts of the word ‘hemp’ in the English language is its inclusion in a dictionary under the original spelling ‘hempe’ around the year 1000CE, though its use among a multitude of different cultures has been recorded for thousands of years before then. Its use is prevalent throughout the history of the peoples of the Asian continent and even Germanic, Gaul and Viking tribes made good use of hemp fibre.

A Viking longboat, probably had hemp on it
A Viking longboat probably had hemp on it

A good 150 years after hemp’s first appearance in an English dictionary, hemp fibre was used to open Europe’s first ever paper mill, with hemp quickly becoming the most popular material for making paper for over 700 years afterwards.

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