While hemp has an endless amount of good qualities, its demand may never quite exceed expectations.
Hemp, also known as the cannabis plant, is making a major comeback after its prohibition in 1937. Before that time, 30% of Americans were farming hemp, and the US had a good reputation for its quality. Now, 80 years after it was on the class 1 narcotic list (unjustifiably even higher than crystal meth and cocaine), legalization has renewed the industry.
In the early 20th century, growing hemp in certain states was mandatory because it was so useful. It was used to weave ship sails and wagon covers; even the Declaration of Independence is printed on hemp paper! Hemp-derived cellulose was used as a raw material for plastics, prompting Henry Ford to build a prototype car from hemp fibers.