For centuries painters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Gainsborough created their classic works on hemp canvases using hemp based paints
For centuries, painters including masters like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Gainsborough, were known to have done most of their classic works using oil paints which contained a hemp oil base on hemp linen canvases. (Did you know the word 'canvas' is derived from the word 'cannabis'?)
Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until the 1930s. It was documented that 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935 – just one year! (Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony before the US Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act).
When hemp seed is pressed, it produces an oil which can be used for nutritional and industrial products. Because of its versatility hemp seed oil was a valuable and widely used product up until the early 20th century. Industrially, hemp oil was used in oil lamps, soaps & detergents, paints, varnishes, sealants, lubricants for machinery and printing inks.
Hemp seed oil was once an essential, everyday part of the average household.
Hemp seed oil is a healthy, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative, which can replace many of the oil-based products we use today.