In late 2019, Hempire contracted The Nug Nation, a stop-motion animation production studio, to conceptualize and create an engaging, humorous look at how the hemp plant has impacted our history. And while both companies were excited to get started, 2020 has proven to be the year of postponements. COVID lockdowns delayed production by months, but we're finally able to see what the hype has been about!
In the first episode of Hemp In History, guest host Ricardo Baca, owner of Grasslands and Fortune Magazine's 7th Most Powerful People in America's Cannabis Industry, tells us the story of Abraham Lincoln.
Our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the United States' president from 1861 to 1865. Through the American Civil War, Lincoln led the nation through its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.
However, in Hemp In History, we'll examine lesser-known facts about our beloved former president, Abraham Lincoln. For instance, did you know that Abraham Lincoln may have used hemp seed oil to light his lanterns? Or that he occasionally enjoyed a pipe filled with sweet hemp flower? That last one is somewhat debated, but we prefer to believe that someone enlightened enough to end slavery enjoyed a nice smoke from time to time. He's also the only president to obtain a patent, and sadly he created the Secret Service just hours before his alleged assassination.
But for Hemp In History, we'll focus on the "facts" we enjoy, fiction. Abraham and his beloved wife, Mary Todd, enjoyed the theatre, and he enjoyed playing the harmonica. So much so that Mary Todd occasionally lost patience with her husband when he attracted large crowds who apparently enjoyed listening to his melodic harmonica sounds. His popularity grew, and soon he was missing evenings at the theatre altogether.
On the night in question, Abe had drawn an exceptionally large gathering. However, this week, instead of being annoyed by Lincoln's lack of time-management skills, Mary Todd decided to go with the flow and join in the festivities. Soon she was crowd surfing, and Abe had turned in his harmonica for a DJ sound system. DJ Headshot was born! The crowd swayed in unison as DJ Headshot filled the night with a broad range of percussive electronic music genres.
Meanwhile, at Ford's Theatre, John Wilkes Booth was poised to assassinate the president! Fortunately, the burgeoning crowd prevented Lincoln from attending the play, and his life was spared. And thank God! Because that is how Abraham Lincoln became the founding father of EDM.