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The Truth About Hemp Plants, Oil, And Marijuana

Updated on June 20, 2014

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. Please seek the advice of your doctor before you change your medications, diet, exercise program, or make any other lifestyle changes.

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Why is the Hemp Plant Illegal?

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At the birth of our nation, our founding fathers and colonial ancestors all grew Hemp. Because of its many uses and ease to grow, every state in the union was growing it.

At the turn of the last century, with the invention of more machinery and higher technology, wealthy Americans began to take another look at the hemp plant. Names like Rockefeller, DuPont, Hearst, and other predominant families were involved. These dynasties stood to lose fortunes. For example, before paper was made with wood, it was made with hemp. Hemp was also used to make clothing before the invention of the cotton gin. Its seeds can be used as oil that can be refined into clean burning fuel.

These high rollers and politicians purposely created a fear of Marijuana through the media that swept the country. There were highly exaggerated reports (to say it politely) of the danger of this plant. The American public bought it hook line and sinker, and outlawing began in the mid 1930s.

The Original Propaganda Film to "Scare" the Public

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What has Changed Through The Years?

A Marijuana comeback grew in the 1960’s when we as a nation began to realize that we could not trust our government; especially after the Vietnam Conflict when our men were forced to fight, and 54,000 of our sons, brothers, and fathers were killed while 153,000 were wounded. Then, the later confirmed, Gulf of Tonkin falsehood was exposed. The point is, this is where we learned not to believe anything we read and hear, and only half of what we see from our federal government.

To prevent mixing breeds and adding non-natural substances Marijuana should be legalized so it can be regulated, grown, sold and used as pure as the plant itself. Although I don’t have much confidence in our federal government, I have no other choice but to trust the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is watching and regulating what we are sold to put into our bodies.

Our jails are overcrowded because 20% of inmates are incarcerated for possession, growing, sale or trafficking of Marijuana. Thieves, murders, rapists, batterers, burglars, and extortionists are all entitled to gain time for good behavior, primarily because of the overcrowding.

Scientific Studies of The Marijuana Plant

There are healthy and unhealthy ways to use the natural medicine. Even though a recent study reported by the Associated Press and MSNBC shows that smoking Marijuana does not hurt lung capacity, as previously thought. Smoking is the most common way to use it. It is, however, healthier if used through vaporization or a water pipe, cleansing and cooling the smoke which makes it is much easier on the lungs. The healthiest way to consume it is to eat it. There are confectioners in many states that produce baked goods and candies that include the substance. However, if healthy eating is important to you, including it in salads and soups may be the way to go. The effects begin within minutes if smoked, and usually more than an hour after eating it. Other studies show that Marijuana actually causes your brain to create more cells. However, I'm not sure if I totally believe that one.

Medical Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Glaucoma, Chronic Pain, Stress and Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Sickle Cell Anemia, Anorexia Nervosa, Cancer, Tourette Syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord injuries, and Depression are just a few diseases or conditions of which the patient could benefit from using Medical Marijuana. At times, alcohol may be healthy because a glass of red wine each day is often recommended since it is good for the heart.

What do you think?

Should we legalize Marijuana and if so, with what restrictions?

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Risks of Medical Marijuana Versus Synthetic Prescription Medications

Any medication prescribed and taken is weighed by the risks of the medication compared to severity of the symptoms. Just watch some of these pharmaceutical commercials. There are 30 seconds of advertisement and 30 seconds of side effects, many times ending in possibly fatal. The Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in Marijuana cannot kill you. You cannot overdose on it. It is not physically addictive, however it can be psychologically addictive (which requires no detoxification, but a change of mind set to end its use).

The issue today is still about money. Pharmaceutical companies would lose out since this plant can eliminate the need for many, many pills. If they make it in pill form, without fillers or additives, they may be able to save some of the industry.

Marijuana lowers the blood pressure, so dizziness or weakness are common side affects. Of course if you already have high blood pressure in could be beneficial to you. It eases pain and anxiety, provides an appetite for those who are sick, releases stress, and relaxes tense people promoting more tolerance and acceptance of others. Natural is always better than synthetic.

This is worth the time to watch...and share!

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I am a child of the 50s and I recall how we used to joke about “dope fiends” without a clue of what they were. Marijuana use was nonexistent. Today I see what the war on drugs has cost our country and some of our families, and I am definitely for the legalization of certain street drugs, the first of which is marijuana.

      You have done your research exceedingly well and written a good argument for the legalization of marijuana, and I salute you. However, I don’t think we can trust the FDA to regulate what we put into our bodies. The agency approves medications from China that contain little or none of the disease-fighting substance we think we are buying, and people have become ill and even died because of it. At the same time, the FDA disapproves European-made pharmaceuticals because it says they might not be pure. They approve GMOs, and that ought to be enough to know they aren’t on the level. Going back to natural biodegradable hemp products would harm the synthetic product business. As you say it’s all about money. Voted up++

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Neil. There is so much more to it...on both sides, and I'm continuing to learn more and more about the subject.

      Thanks for your input...

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      Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Good hub -- It is all about money - glad to see you made a stand and you did a great job on this hub as well. thanks ... puff puff - pass!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks so much for your input, cnatraininginfo. I appreciate your comment!

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      cnatraininginfo 5 years ago from California

      When it comes to anything its up to the person how they decide to use it. There is addiction to just about anything even to things as harmless as food. The only reason why its so controversial is because its been illegal for a long time now just like back when alcohol was outlawed wasn't much different. But with all the new breakthroughs with skin cancer being cured by Marijuana I'm sure eventually it will be more excepted since it has good properties and like anything their will still be people who abuse it like everything else.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks, veggie-mom! If you go to the first link, it will bring you to a well written and factual hub that goes into depth about the history and uses of the plant. I was very impressed by his hub (obviously enough to share it in mine).

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you for commenting, christianajohan. Most of us have grown out of it, but the facts still remain. I expect to get all kinds of comments on this one!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Oh that story is just too funny, Marsei! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      This is a beautifully written and on-point article. As a child of the '50s, marijuana is not a stranger to me. I have never been quite able to make up my mind on whether it should be legalized in a general way. However, for medical uses, I believe it is one of the most close-minded decisions ever made that it is not.

      Once again, I believe it's all about $$$.

      The pharmeceutical companies and their lobbyists will never allow it. It would devastate some of them. I have had one very serious reaction to a drug that was life-threatening and I'm sure there are legions who have experienced the same thing. Marijuana would eliminate a lot of this.

      We have a dear friend who has neuropathy in his feet. He has had to buy marijuana surreptitiously because it is the only thing that relieves the pain. I understand that there are people who have what they consider an ethical opposition to this and I respect that. The drug companies, however, are rich enough and should back off.

      I can't resisit ending these comments with a story. This happened when I was in my 20s, more than 40 years ago. A frend had baked a pan of brownies heavily laced with pot. We were sitting, waiting for them to cool when her mother-in-law dropped by. Her mother-in-law was ultra critical, sarcastic and all-round nasty. Before my friend could stop her, she had helped herself to a brownie. We looked at each other with eyes like saucers. Twenty minutes later this lady became the most engaging, friendly, happy person, telling us stories I'm sure she regretted later about her youth and a specific guy she dated before meeting her husband. It was fun and hilarious. The next day, she called and told my friend she didn't know when she had enjoyed an afternoon so much!! Fun times.

      I voted your story up, useful, and interesting.

      marsei

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      christianajohan 5 years ago

      This hub is worth a value. I learned many things about my addicted weed before. LOL!

      But I am not doing that today because we get older and we have family.

      Thanks for posting. I will vote up!

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Nicely done, Margaret! You have raised some excellent points about the positive effects of using hemp for products & marijuana for medical care. I was not aware of the political history behind the illegalization, so that was very interesting to me as well. Voted up, interesting & shared!

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      losefat101 5 years ago from Singapore

      In my opinion, it is the same as having knives. It all depends on how we use it. Knives have been used as weapon of murder, robberies and extortion. But why is it not banned or made illegal? So, why make marijuana illegal? The plant should be grown and nurtured as any other plant, or we will have to accept the fact that we are 'useless and cannot be depended on' to prevent it from extinction while we have the resources and ability to do so. Just educate the users. The plant itself does not create problems, how we use it does.