If ever there was a match made in the empyrean, it's hammocks and hemp. Hemp twine is the toughest out there, and it is mildew resistant and UV tolerant. When hemp is exposed to warmth and the sun, it softens (in a good way). makes a pretty impressive hemp hammock. They say their rope is water retted which leaves the hemp fibers stronger than chemical processing. Efficiently, the makers (a co-op in southern Virginia) use low impact dyes and peroxide to lighten. They sell it for $143.00. :: [by Justin Thomas]
There would be a major problem with a camping hammock from hemp. It does not take well to creases and being packed tightly. The rope/twine fibers tend to break from the inside out. The inside of the rope experiencing more stress and tighter creases than the outsiide. For a bakyard hammock it is probably a very reasonable fabric.
The hemp plant is one of the . (Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper back in 1776.) It has been used for centuries to make paper, rope and fabrics. Hemp and marijuana belong to the same cannabis species, but are genetically and chemically distinct. One of the primary differences is that marijuana contains high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the intoxicating effects associated with recreational marijuana. Hemp plants contain only trace amounts of THC. Put simply, you can make a great hammock with hemp, but smoking it won’t get you high.